BELTON (February 14, 2013) -- The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men’s basketball team stormed back from a double-digit second half deficit only to see the comeback fall just short in the final seconds in a 75-73 loss to Howard Payne Thursday night in Belton. The loss snaps the Cru’s 11-game winning streak and drops the UMHB men to 20-4 overall and 16-2 in American Southwest Conference play. Howard Payne improves to 8-16 overall and 6-12 in the ASC with the victory.
The Cru trailed 59-45 with 11:56 left to play before starting to chip away. Back-to-back steals led to four straight points from Antonie Chaney and a Layton Zinsmeister three-pointer cut the gap to seven points. UMHB tied the game at 67 on a pair of Kitrick Bell free throws with 3:18 remaining. Brandon Gould and Chaney traded buckets before the Yellow Jackets opened up a four-point edge at 75-71 with 1:38 to go. Brian Todd hit one free throw and Bell added another with five seconds left to cut it to 75-73. Bell missed the second free throw and Ja’Kalan Gayden pulled down the rebound and was fouled with 3.2 seconds left. Gayden missed the front end of the one-and-one and Bell snared the rebound to give UMHB one last chance with 2.2 on the clock. But Thomas Orr’s three-pointer from just inside the half court stripe was just left as the buzzer sounded. Howard Payne led 37-34 at halftime after five ties and six lead changes in the half.
Bell led the Cru with 14 points and 14 rebounds and Chaney added 13 points off the bench. Orr chipped in 12 and Zinsmeister scored a season-high 10 for UMHB. The Cru shot just 39 percent from the field and went 5-25 from three-point range. UMHB was also just 14-26 from the free throw line.
Gould had a huge night for HPU, pouring in 31 points on 5-9 shooting from beyond the arc. Christian Davis added 17 points for Howard Payne. The Yellow Jackets out rebounded the Cru 45-39 and shot 45 percent from the field. HPU hit 9-24 from long range and went 14-19 from the stripe in the victory.
The UMHB men will now close out the regular season with a 3:00 PM home game against Sul Ross State on Saturday. The Cru has already clinched the ASC West Division title and will be a #1 seed in next week’s ASC Championship Tournament.
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor women’s basketball team fell to Howard Payne 99-76 Thursday night in Belton. The win improves the Yellow Jackets to 21-3 overall and 16-2 in American Southwest Conference action, while the Cru falls to 7-16 on the season and 6-12 in conference play.
Howard Payne opened the game with a 9-0 run to gain an early lead on the Cru. UMHB responded with a 9-1 run to take a 16-15 lead on Howard Payne, before the Yellow Jackets scored 16 unanswered points. The Cru cut the lead to six at the end of the first half, but was forced to play catch up for the remainder of the game.
Taylor Tucker led four UMHB athletes in double digits with 21 points. Jovana Miles added 20, Katelyn Smith put up 13 and Samara Williams scored 10. Miles led the Cru with 14 boards while Tucker blocked three shots. UMHB shot 33.3 percent in the game and 30.8 percent from beyond the arc. The Cru out-rebounded Howard Payne 57-45 in the match.
Tresta Donahoo led Howard Payne with 27 points, while Dana Marrs added 18 and Danyel Bradley put up 12. Britani Gattis brought down a team-high seven rebounds, Marrs recorded seven steals and Donahoo put in nine assists. Howard Payne shot 46.3 percent on the game and 55.6 percent from beyond the arc. The Yellow Jackets forced 26 turnovers and recorded 18 steals.
The Cru will return to action Saturday, Feb. 16 in a 1 p.m. match against Sul Ross State in Belton.