Schreiner University's five-game winning streak came to a crashing end after the Mountaineers suffered a collapse in the final four minutes of a 82-75 loss to visiting LeTourneau University on Saturday.
LeTourneau, which trailed by as much as 10 points in the first 10 minutes of the second half, outscored the Mountaineers 14-7 in the final four minutes. Schreiner was woeful from 3-point ranging, missing all second-half attempts, including four shots in the closing minutes.
LeTourneau came into Saturday's game as the first big test of the season for the Mountaineers. The Yellow Jackets are consistently one of the best teams in the American Southwest Conference and are coming off a 22-win season in 2022.
This was undoubtedly Schreiner's game to win. Trailing early, the Mountaineers held the Yellow Jackets scoreless in the last five minutes of the second half while outscoring LeTourneau 11-0 to take a 37-29 lead at halftime.
Schreiner University's Darian Gibson looks for some room to shoot during first half action against LeTourneau.
Schreiner's Alex Dehoyos works a pass to teammate Kamden Ross.
And the Mountaineers came out with intensity in the second half, building on their halftime lead, but then the wheels came off. The pesky Yellow Jackets kept attacking the Mountaineers, shooting nearly 50% in the second half. LeTourneau hit four 3-pointers and made all 15 of its free throws.
Schreiner missed six free throws in the second half.
Kamden Ross and Darian Gibson led the Mountaineers with 15 points each, while Alex Dehoyos scored all 13 of his points in the second half. Ross pulled down 16 rebounds.
Schreiner returns to action at 2 p.m. on Sunday against visiting Howard Payne.
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The women fall to Sul Ross, 99-86
Make your free throws and win the game.
It's a simple strategy, but it paid off for Sul Ross State on Saturday against Schreiner. Sul Ross hit all 20 free throws to hand the Mountaineers a 99-86 loss in Brownwood.
The loss is Schreiner's fourth in five games this season, and the Mountaineers return to action Sunday at Howard Payne.
Four Sul Ross starters scored in double figures, including a game-high 23 points from Briana Martin.
Schreiner's Demauria Miles led the Mountaineers with 17, and Josline Hernandez added 16. But the Mountaineers could not overcome Sul Ross' shooting — the Lobos shot 46% from the field.