LONGVIEW (January 4, 2014) The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men’s basketball team dominated the game early and then cruised in the second half as the Cru rolled to a 77-67 victory over LeTourneau University Saturday afternoon in Longview. The UMHB men improve to 6-4 overall and 4-3 in American Southwest Conference play with the victory. The loss drops the Yellowjackets to 2-8 overall and 1-6 in the ASC on the season.
The two teams would be tied at nine early in the first half before UMHB took over. The Cru closed the first half with a 36-17 run to take a 45-26 halftime lead. The Cru dominated the early going of the second half, as well. Avery Polchinski’s three-pointer put UMHB up by 30 at 69-39 with 8:35 left to play. The Cru would still hold a 20-point lead with 3:31 remaining in the game before LeTourneau made a late run to cut the gap to the final margin.
James Allen topped the Cru with 20 points on 9-12 shooting from the field. Jerard Graham hit 6-7 from the field to add 18 points for UMHB and 12 players scored in the game for the Cru. UMHB shot 51 percent from the field and went 7-16 from three-point range in the win.
Ladaria Brown had a game-high 28 points to lead LeTourneau. Brown also hit 7-12 from beyond the arc. Justin Jones added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Yellowjackets. LeTourneau shot 41 percent from the field but the rest of the team was just 2-17 from three-point range in the loss.
UMHB will now return home to host three ASC games next week. The Cru will open that home stand with a 7:30 PM tip-off against Concordia Texas on Tuesday at the Mayborn Campus Center.
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor women’s basketball team erased an early nine-point deficit and the Cru controlled the second half in a 78-67 victory over LeTourneau University Saturday afternoon in Longview. UMHB improves to 4-6 overall and 4-3 in American Southwest Conference play with the victory. The loss drops the Yellow Jackets to 4-5 overall and 2-4 in the ASC on the year.
The Cru women fell behind 15-6 less than six minutes into the game, but used a 12-2 run to grab an 18-17 lead with 8:41 remaining in the first half. LeTourneau pushed the lead back to seven points before settling for a 32-29 halftime lead. UMHB took its first lead of the second half at 37-35 and would stretch it out to as many as 15 points before coasting to the victory.
Jovana Miles led UMHB with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Taylor Tucker added 15 points for the Cru, Alyssa Dean chipped in 14 and Macy Moore had ten points and nine boards. UMHB shot 39 percent from the field and out rebounded the Yellow Jackets 49-42 in the win. The Cru went 25-37 from the free-throw line.
Julencia Curtis led a balanced LeTourneau scoring attack with 12 points and Ashley Stephens chipped in 11 more. The Yellow Jackets shot 32 percent from the field and hit just 1-13 from beyond the arc. LeTourneau did hit 32-44 from the charity stripe in the game.
The Cru women will now return home to host three ASC games next week. That home stand starts with a 5:30 PM tip-off against Concordia Texas on Tuesday at the Mayborn Campus Center.