Houston Baptist defeats Howard 69-59

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LOGAN, Utah (AP)—Gordon Watt scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Houston Baptist to a 69-59 win over Howard on Wednesday night.

Baron Sauls added 17 points and had two steals for the Huskies (1-14), who were playing in the third round of the four-team Duel in the Desert holiday tournament hosted by Utah State. Emanuel Willis and Andrew Puzyk scored 10 points apiece.

Houston Baptist trailed 33-32 at halftime but tied the game midway through the second half. The Huskies took the lead for good when Watt hit a 3-pointer to go ahead 57-54 with 3:53 remaining. The basket was followed by a 12-5 run to seal the win.

Paul Kirkpatrick scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Bison (1-11). Eugene Myatt added 11 points.

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 Top Performers
 Houston Baptist
Gordon Watt Gordon Watt
8-15,  27 Pts
12 Rebs, 3 Assists
 Howard
Paul Kirkpatrick Paul Kirkpatrick
7-10,  20 Pts
13 Rebs, 0 Assists

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