BELTON (January 9, 2014) The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men’s basketball team clawed back from a double-digit second-half deficit, but the Cru had no answer for U.T.-Tyler’s red-hot three-point shooting in a 95-91 loss to the Patriots Thursday night in Belton. The loss drops the UMHB men to 7-5 overall and 5-4 in American Southwest Conference play on the season. U.T.-Tyler improves to 7-5 overall and 6-3 in the ASC on the season with the victory.
The Cru built a seven-point first half lead at 36-29 with 3:29 left in the first half. The Patriots responded with an 11-0 run to take the lead and closed out the half with a 15-4 stretch to grab a 44-40 lead at the break. U.T.-Tyler would take the lead to as many as 13 points in the second half and still led 76-66 with 8:53 remaining in the game before UMHB started to chip away. Jerard Graham’s steal and lay-in cut the lead to 79-78 with 5:18 left to play. The Patriots pulled out to a four-point lead before Antonie Chaney converted a three-point play and then added another free throw to tie the game at 86 with 1:57 to go. Joe Stephens drilled a three-pointer two possessions later to give U.T.-Tyler an 89-86 edge. James Allen cut it to 89-88 with a pair of free throws with 40 seconds on the clock but the Cru could not get closer than two points from there as the Patriots iced the game on six Chris Rios free throws in the final 38 seconds.
Allen and Kitrick Bell led UMHB with 20 points and Chaney added 19, with 15 of those coming in the second half. Graham added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Cru. UMHB shot 54 percent from the field in the second half and finished at 44 percent for the game. The Cru out rebounded the Patriots 45-30, but went just 5-16 from three-point range.
Stephens led a balanced scoring attack for U.T.-Tyler with 20 points and he hit 6-11 from beyond the arc. Rios added 18 points off the bench and Travis Dykman and Bryce Kemp chipped in 16 points apiece. The Patriots shot 15-32 from three-point range and hit 55 percent overall from the field in the victory.
UMHB will close out its three-game home stand with a 3:00 PM tip-off against University of the Ozarks on Saturday. The Cru will then head back out on the road for its next four games.
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor women’s basketball team handed the University of Texas at Tyler its first loss in American Southwest Conference action with a 77-69 win over the Patriots Thursday evening in Belton. The win improves the Cru to 6-6 on the season and 6-3 in conference play while the Patriots fall to 10-2 overall and 8-1 in ASC action.
UMHB quickly gave up an early 2-0 lead and trailed for most of the first half. The Patriots led by as many as nine points before UMHB responded with just under seven minutes left to take a 34-31 lead into halftime. The Patriots opened the second half with an offensive surge but were unable to grab a sizeable lead. UMHB pulled away late with a 7-0 run, leading by as many as 11 points late in the second half. The Cru allowed just 11 points in the last six minutes of the contest to secure the win.
Macy Moore led the Cru with a career-high 28 points, including a perfect six-of-six from beyond the arc. Jovana Miles added 16 points and led the Cru with 13 rebounds, while Alisha Mosley accounted for eight points for the Cru. UMHB overcame a 35-turnover performance, out-rebounding the Patriots 35-28 in the match. UMHB shot 50 percent in the contest and 90 percent from the free throw line.
She’Cara Humphrey led the Patriots with 20 points followed closely by Brittany King’s 19. King was also the leading rebounder for U.T.-Tyler, accounting for 10 of the team’s 25 boards. Danai Woods and Teylor Seals each recorded six assists while Seals also added eight steals. The Patriots shot 38.2 percent in the game and 57.1 percent from the free throw line.