Despite outscoring Evangel University in the second half, the Baker University men’s basketball team was unable to clinch an upset over the No. 5 team in the NAIA on Saturday in Collins Center.
A 22-point effort from Evangel’s Zack Kleine powered the Crusaders to the 75-69 road win, keeping EU perfect in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.
Senior EJ Carter recorded a double-double for the Wildcats, contributing 13 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Tyrome Parker also scored 13 points with 24 minutes of playing time.
Baker made eight 3-pointers during the conference matchup, but was outrebounded 43-37. With its fourth consecutive loss, BU fell to 2-5 in HAAC play and 8-10 overall. The Wildcats are tied with their next opponent, Peru State College, for eighth place in the conference standings.
PSC is also 2-5 in HAAC play, but the Bobcats are 6-10 on the season. Peru State is scheduled to host Baker at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday in Peru, Neb.