SHERMAN, Texas – The Austin College men's basketball team trailed by as much as 17 late in the second half and a comeback bid came up short as the 'Roos fell 80-72 to visiting Jarvis Christian College on Wednesday night in Hughey Gym. The 'Roos are now 2-4 overall this season.
The 'Roos struggled shooting the ball for much of the night, finishing with a team field goal percentage of just 36.1% compared to a 47.2% mark for Jarvis Christian, and Austin College also made just 18-of-35 free throws, including 7-of-18 in the second half. Still, the 'Roos found themselves within six points with under a minute to play but were unable to close the gap.
JCC jumped out to an early 13-4 lead on the 'Roos, and the margin grew to 18-6 with 12:19 left in the opening half. Austin College would use an 11-2 run, getting threes from Austin Wells and John Pass, to narrow the deficit to 20-17 with 9:10 left before halftime. The Bulldogs responded with a 12-2 run to push their lead to 32-19, but Austin College once again battled back to pull within 36-30 on a last second tip-in by Brian Baehl heading into halftime.
In the second half, Jarvis Christian got the margin back to double digits at 47-36 with 14:29 left before back to back threes from Patrick Johnson and Brian Baehl to get it down to a 47-42 deficit. The Bulldogs answered back with a 13-2 run to a 60-44 with 8:30 remaining. Jarvis Christian would get its biggest lead of the game with 3:08 left when Chasen King scored to make it 72-55.
Baehl scored 18 points and added six rebounds and five assists for the 'Roos, while Wells finished with 13 points. Austin Freet grabbed 10 boards, scored nine points, and handed out five assists, and Pass came off the bench to scored eight.
Jarvis Christian's Deon Fisher scored 29 points to lead all scorers, and King added 13 for the Bulldogs. Dion Malone chipped in 10 for JCC.