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The sixth-seeded Hardin-Central Bulldogs were within striking distance of upsetting No. 3 seed Stet in the first round of the 52nd Annual Braymer Invitational Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs trailed the Cardinals 27-24 entering the final 8 minutes, but managed just a field goal and a free throw, while Stet broke loose for 15 points on the way to a 44-29 victory.
Ryan Foster led the way for Stet with a game-high 20 points, with Devin Milligan adding 12, including 5 in the pivotal fourth quarter. Foster scored 10 of his points in the second half. Cole Leakey came off the bench to lead the Bulldog scoring with 11 points, while Mark Carpenter and Randy Estenbaum added 8 apiece. Damon Johnson scored 2 for the Dawgs.
Hardin-Central hit just 23 percent from the field, while Stet connected on 30 percent of its shots. The Bulldogs also committed 16 turnovers and were outrebounded 43-20.
Austin Chase led Hardin-Central on the boards with 7 rebounds, with Carpenter grabbing 6. Chase also dished out 4 assists, and Carpenter was credited with 3.
Stet held an 8-5 lead after one period and 18-15 at the half.