Abilene Christian rallies in 2nd half to beat Incarnate Word

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Jalone Friday had 17 points to go with 11 rebounds as Abilene Christian rallied in the second half to beat Incarnate Word 69-59 to halt a four-game losing skid on Saturday.

Abilene Christian (16-15, 8-10) entered the game hoping for the No. 8 and final seed in the Southland Conference Tournament that begins Wednesday in Katy, Texas. The Wildcats needed both McNeese and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to lose on Saturday if they were going to extend their season. McNeese beat Lamar 69-60 to eliminate the Wildcats. The Islanders faced off against Houston Baptist on Saturday night.

Abilene Christian trailed 37-33 in intermission before taking control in the second half to win that period 36-22.

Tevin Foster also had 17 points for the Wildcats. Jaylen Franklin added 12 points with five assists and Jaren Lewis chipped in 10 points and six rebounds.

Charles Brown III had 12 points to lead Incarnate Word (7-21, 2-16). Shawn Johnson added 11 points with Sam Burmeister contributing 10.

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