Kerrville (January 19, 2013) -- The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men’s basketball team broke open a tight game midway through the second half and then held on for a 74-66 victory over Schreiner University Saturday afternoon in Kerrville. The Cru improves to 14-3 overall and 10-1 in American Southwest Conference play with the victory. The loss drops the Mountaineers to 9-9 overall and 6-6 in ASC play on the year.
Schreiner opened the game with a 7-0 run, but UMHB answered with a 10-0 spurt of its own. Neither team led by more than four the rest of the way and went into the break tied at 36. The Cru opened the second half with a 6-0 run and pushed the lead into double digits at 52-42 with 12:35 left to play. The Mountaineers closed the gap to 57-56 with 5:50 remaining and took a 62-61 lead with 3:10 on the clock. Kitrick Bell’s jumper at the other end put UMHB up 63-62 and James Allen hit two free throws to make it a three-point lead. Brian Todd added a basket and Thomas Orr wrapped four free-throws around a Schreiner bucket and the Cru never looked back en route to the victory.
Todd led UMHB with 20 points on 7-11 shooting from the floor. Orr added 16 points off the bench and Antonie Chaney also reached double figures with 10 for the Cru. UMHB shot 43 percent from the field to help overcome a 41-34 rebounding deficit.
Travis Pflughaupt led Schreiner with 17 points and 14 rebounds and Manny Longoria and Ryan Evans scored 10 points apiece. The Mountaineers shot 34 percent from the field and hit just 1-6 from three-point range in the second half after going 5-8 from beyond the arc in the first.
The UMHB men are off to a 2-0 start on a six-game conference road trip and will take a two-game lead in the ASC West Division into next week’s action. The Cru will face Sul Ross State at 7:30 PM next Thursday in Alpine before closing out the week with a 3:00 PM tip at Howard Payne University in Brownwood next Saturday.