The Houston Baptist Huskies broke a nine-game losing streak Wednesday night in a 102-86 victory over the slumping Incarnate Word Cardinals.
Playing at home, the Huskies got off to a hot offensive start behind guard Jalon Gates to build a 44-36 halftime lead.
Afterward, HBU was never seriously challenged in extending UIW’s losing streak to 10 games.
Forward Charles Brown III led the Cardinals with 22 points on 9 of 15 shooting. Shawn Johnson added 16 points and Cody Graham 14.
Not to be deterred, the Huskies got 23 points from Gates, a sophomore from Clemens, and 22 each from Braxton Bonds and David Caraher.
Will Gates Jr., Jalon’s older brother, scored 11.
HBU capitalized off of UIW’s mistakes, producing a 20-8 edge in points off turnovers.
The Huskies also dominated with a 27-10 advantage on second-chance points.
Records: UIW (5-13, 0-8), Houston Baptist (5-16, 1-7)
Coming up: UIW hosts New Orleans Saturday at 2 p.m.
Photo caption: Guards Will Gates Jr. (left) and Jalon Gates of Houston Baptist.