MEN'S BASKETBALL: Hendrix edges LeTourneau 71-70 in non-conference action
By Trey McLaughlin
LETU Sports Information Assistant
LONGVIEW – In a game that saw eight lead changes and was never separated by more than eight points, Hendrix College prevailed 71-70 Saturday over the LeTourneau YellowJackets.
Jaren Riley and Chris Goodman combined to hit eight of the Warriors' 11 3-pointers, with seven of those coming in the second half as they overcame a 37-30 halftime deficit.
Trey Perkins (Groesbeck, Texas/Groesbeck) claimed his first career double-double with career highs in both points (18) and rebounds (12), respectively. Deitrich Williams (Fort Worth, Texas/Grace Prep) scored a career-high in points as well, scoring 17 points and knocking down nine of his 10 free throws in the game.
LeTourneau (2-8) gained a spark off the bench from Jarrod Hudgens (Montgomery, Texas/Montgomery), who scored six of his eight points to lead a 17-4 run late in the first half that carried the Jackets to their halftime lead.
Hendrix opened the second half shooting the ball well, hitting three quick 3-pointers to cut the lead to 43-41 with 15:58 to play. The Warriors shot 50 percent (11 of 22) from the 3-point arc in the game, while LeTourneau shot only 13 percent (2 of 15).
The teams continued to exchange baskets, matching each other almost shot for shot as neither team held more than a four-point lead during the last 17 minutes of the game.
The Jackets appeared to have grabbed the lead and the momentum with a 3-pointer by Karsten Winegeart (Abilene, Texas/Abilene) with 3:55 to play, but Riley quickly answered with a 3-pointer of his own and Colton Primm added a layup to give the Warriors a 67-63 lead they would not relinquish.
LeTourneau continued to battle and trade baskets as Williams followed Primm's layup with a layup of his own to cut the lead to two. Perkins and Hendrix's Nick Heathscott then traded layups to keep the lead at two in favor of the Warriors with 35 seconds remaining.
The Warriors all but secured the win with a pair of free throws by Riley that gave the Warriors a 71-67 lead with nine seconds left to play.
The YellowJackets did cut the lead to one point one last time on a 3-pointer from Cristian Driver (Houston, Texas/Atascocita) with two and a half seconds to play. After a quick foul, Hendrix missed a one-and-one free throw opportunity, but Williams' half-court shot was just off the mark.
Riley scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Warriors (3-8).
The YellowJackets tip off the new year as they resume conference play Thursday by hosting Texas Lutheran. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at Soheim Arena.