Christian Brothers downs Harding, 67-63

SEARCY – Christian Brothers connected on 11 three-pointers and got 19 points off the bench from sophomore Kevin Duran as the Bucs defeated Harding 67-63 on Thursday in Gulf South Conference men's action at the Rhodes Field House.

Harding (8-8, 1-3) had six players score 10 or more points, led by Kevin Brown, Trent Morgan and Kirk Porter with 12 each.

Christian Brothers (12-5, 2-2) made 7-of-11 from three-point range in the first half and held a 37-33 lead despite Harding's 57.1 percent shooting from the field.

A layup by Christian Brothers' Kyle Couvion with 5:35 left gave the Bucs a 10-point lead at 61-51, their largest margin of the second half. Harding then went on an 8-0 run that started and ended with two Porter layups. Kevin Brown also added back-to-back dunks during the run that energized the Rhodes crowd of over 1,800.

Christian Brothers' Michael Drake snapped the Harding run with a layup with 34 seconds left that proved to be too much for Harding to overcome.

Porter drained a three-pointer, his first of the season, with 11 seconds left that trimmed the lead to two points again at 65-63. After a Harding foul, CBU's Zack Warner made two free throws to seal the victory.

Warner finished with 14 points and Scott Dennis had 12 for Christian Brothers. Matt Ragsdale scored 11 and Sam Brown had 10 for Harding.

Harding is back in action Saturday at Arkansas-Monticello. Tipoff at Steelman Fieldhouse is at 4 p.m.