15 Dec CBC beats Huston-Tillotson in their final 2021 road game
AUSTIN, Texas – Looking to rebound from a tough loss on Saturday at John Brown, Central Baptist College men’s basketball took on the Rams of Huston-Tillotson University Tuesday, Dec. 14, in their final road game of the 2021 calendar year. CBC (5-8) led at halftime, but had to fight off an HTU (2-10) offensive show in the second half to hang on and win 75-72.
Kelvin Robinson led three Mustangs in double figures scoring on the afternoon. CBC kept the ball out of Ram hands regularly, committing a season-low eight turnovers in the contest.
The Mustangs jumped out to an early 5-0 lead thanks to a Blake Bradshaw jumper and a three from Hayden Peterson. After a pair of HTU baskets, Mayan Kiir hit a three to stretch the lead to 8-4. Following a Kiir layup, HTU went on an 8-0 run that was ended when Justin Van Pelt made a layup to tie the score at 12 with 8:51 left in the first half. The Rams wouldn’t go away quietly though, retaking the lead 18-13 before a Robinson three cut the deficit to two. An HTU three stretched the deficit to 21-16 and Peterson hit another three to cut it to 21-19. Following a Van Pelt layup to tie the game, HTU took a short-lived lead before another Peterson three gave CBC a 24-23 lead with 6:57 left in the half. After HTU retook the lead on a three, Mayan Kiir started an 8-0 run with a layup that gave CBC a 32-26 lead with 4:27 left in the half. The Mustangs would stretch the lead to as many as nine before going into the locker room up 39-32.
CBC would hold the lead until the 4:57 mark in the second half when HTU retook the lead 65-63. The two teams would then trade the lead until HTU tied the game at 69 with 2:33 left. Robinson then took over, scoring the final six points for CBC on a jumper and four free throws to close out the win!
- Robinson finished with 31 points, his second 30-point game this season, while also shooting every single free throw for CBC
- Kiir had 13 points
- Justin Van Pelt had 16 points off the bench and led the team in rebounds with nine
- The Mustangs shot 51 percent from the field and made six of their 21 three-point attempts
- CBC won the rebounding battle 37-24
- The Mustangs committed a season-low eight turnovers and forced the Rams into 10
CBC has 16 days off before their next game, which will be a rematch with Huston-Tillotson, this time at Reddin Fieldhouse at 5 p.m. on Dec. 30.