HOUSTON _ University of Central Arkansas guards LaQuentin Miles and Lenell Brown combined to score 49 points, but Houston Baptist's balanced attack and decided advantage at the free-throw line carried the Huskies to a 99-83 victory on Saturday night at Sharp Gym.
The win broke a nine-game losing streak for the Huskies (5-21, 2-12) and was just their second victory in their past 18 games. UCA (6-18, 3-10) had beaten HBU 86-69 in the first meeting at the Farris Center on Jan. 4.
The Huskies scored 58 points in the second half — the most allowed by the Bears this season — to break open what was a three-point game at halftime. HBU was 28 of 39 from the line in the second half alone, and 32 of 46 for the game. Robert Lewis entered the game averaging 11 points per game but led five Huskies in double figures with 26 points.
"I don't know if we lost our energy in warmups or what," said UCA head coach Clarence Finley, "but we just couldn't get them going. We seemed like we were a step slow all night. I tried everything I could possibly do, every lineup I could possibly go to. We just couldn't get it done. It was just a long night."