Alpine (January 24, 2013) -- The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men’s basketball team broke open a tight game with a dominant second half and the Cru rolled to a 69-56 victory over Sul Ross State University Thursday night in Alpine. The UMHB men improve to 15-3 overall and 11-1 in American Southwest Conference play with their sixth straight win. The loss drops the Lobos to 4-14 overall and 3-9 in the ASC on the year.
The Cru scored the game’s first points and never trailed, but could not shake the Lobos in the first half. UMHB’s largest first half lead was seven and the Cru had to close the half with a 6-2 run to take a 35-30 halftime lead. The lead would move into double digits at 45-35 with 12:38 remaining in the game and Sul Ross would not cut the gap below eight points the rest of the way. UMHB would push the lead out to 23 points late in the game before the Lobos scored the final seven points of the game to cut it to the final margin.
Thomas Orr topped the Cru with 15 points after hitting five of his first six shots of the game. James Allen had 14 points and Antonie Chaney chipped in 13 more. Kitrick Bell finished with 10 points and nine rebounds for UMHB. The Cru shot 45 percent from the floor in the victory and out rebounded the Lobos 40-36. The victory was also win #275 at UMHB for Ken DeWeese.
Mychal Pinson led Sul Ross with 13 points and Carlos Montiel chipped in 10 more. The UMHB defense held the Lobos to 33 percent shooting from the field and Sul Ross hit just 6-30 from three-point range in the loss.
The Cru will return to action with a 3:00 PM start at Howard Payne University in Brownwood on Saturday. UMHB can wrap up an ASC Tournament berth with a victory over the Yellow Jackets. The Cru will then play road games at Concordia Texas and Hardin-Simmons next week before returning home to close out the regular season with four straight home contests.
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor women’s basketball team dominated the second half and used a solid defensive effort to post a 72-56 victory over Sul Ross State University Thursday night in Alpine. The Cru has back-to-back wins for the first time this season and improves to 4-13 overall and 3-9 in American Southwest Conference play with the win. The loss drops the Lobos to 1-17 overall and 0-12 in the ASC on the season.
Sul Ross would build early 3-0 and 8-5 leads before UMHB took control. The Cru took its first double-digit lead of the game at 30-20 with 3:08 left in the first half. UMHB pushed the lead to 15 before the Lobos closed with a run to cut it to 35-27 at halftime. The Cru opened the second half with a 16-4 run to open up a 20-point lead and led by as many as 24 points before cruising to the win.
Jovana Miles led UMHB with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Taylor Tucker added 14 points and eight boards and Macy Moore also reached double figures with 13 points. The Cru shot 41 percent from the field, went 19-24 from the free-throw line and out rebounded Sul Ross 52-41 in the game.
Asrelle Anderson led the Lobos with 18 points and Nicole Murdock added 11 points on 5-8 shooting. Alex Ramos pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds. Sul Ross shot just 34 percent from the field and went 5-23 from three-point range.
The Cru will close out the week with a 1:00 PM tip-off at Howard Payne University Saturday in Brownwood. UMHB will then play road games at Concordia Texas and Hardin-Simmons next week before returning home to close out the regular season with four straight home games.