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01.16.14 | Men's Basketball

Avila Hands Baker Road Loss

Eric Watson and the Wildcats will return home Saturday to take on No. 5 Evangel Eric Watson and the Wildcats will return home Saturday to take on No. 5 Evangel

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the third straight time, the Baker University men's basketball fell in a HAAC conference game, as they lost 92-87 on the road at Avila University on Thursday night.

With the loss, the 'Cats fell to 2-4 in the conference and 8-9 overall and fell below .500 for the first time since Nov. 23.

Avila improved to 3-12 and 1-5 in the HAAC and ended a seven game losing streak for its first win since Dec. 17.

Despite the loss, the Wildcats put up its second most points as a team of the season, and the most since they dropped 91 in a loss to University of St. Mary back on Nov. 8.

The Wildcat offense was stellar on the night with five double-digit scorers, as Javeion Gray had a team high 18, Tyrome Parker had 17, Connor McDaniel had 13 and EJ Carter and Jauan Wilson each scored 11.

Baker went to the free-throw line 44 times on the night shooting, 29-of-44, for a 65.9-percentage but allowed four Eagles to score in double figures and gave up 12 three-point field goals.

The 'Cats also turned the ball over 19 times and trailed by as many as 22 points, down 70-48 with 10:40 to go.

But the Wildcats stormed back and cut the lead to two points, 76-74, with 3:38 left in the game, but that's as far as they would cut the deficit and went home with a five-point defeat.

Baker will next take on No. 5 ranked Evangel this Saturday, Jan. 18 at 4 p.m. inside the Collins Center.

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