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Poor 2nd half shooting costs HPU men's loss to Concordia

BROWNWOOD, Texas - Poor second half shooting by the Howard Payne men's basketball team leads to a 94-87 conference loss to Concordia University Texas Thursday evening in the Brownwood Coliseum.

Howard Payne shot 50% from the field in the first half to gain a 53-45 halftime advantage. HPU's  scored 15 of his 21 points in the opening half to spark the Yellow Jacket halftime lead.

The Jackets cooled off in the second shooting just 36% to finish 44% for the game. It was 27 HPU turnovers that also played a factor in the Jacket loss.

Concordia took the lead 66-65 with 11:38 to play. CTX used a 9-0 with eight minutes remaining to build a nine point lead. The Jackets were able to get within four, 84-80 with 3:29 on A  jumper. That was as close as Howard Payne would get falling 94-87.

HPU was led by  with a game high 23 points and a team high seven rebounds. Ford finished with 17 off the bench on 6 of 10 shooting.

Josh Sanchez led CTX with 18 points. Dwayne Patterson added 16 points and 12 rebounds. Darien Harris finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Howard Payne stands at 5-13 overall and 3-9 in conference. CTX improves to 14-4 overall and 9-3 in ASC play. The Jackets will play next on Saturday versus Mary Hardin-Baylor at 3:00 pm in the Brownwood Coliseum.

Information provided by HPU athletics department.

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