BELTON, Texas The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men’s basketball team started strong and never let off as the Cru cruised to an 89-64 victory over McMurry University Thursday night in Belton. UMHB improves to 15-6 overall and 8-5 in American Southwest Conference play with the victory. The loss drops the War Hawks to 7-13 overall and 5-8 in the ASC on the year.
The Cru hit three of its first four three-point attempts and scored 29 of the game’s first 40 points to take control early. McMurry pulled back to within 11 points late in the first half, but UMHB stretched it back to a 44-29 advantage at halftime. Both teams were sluggish in a sloppy start to the second half, but the Cru took the lead out to 20 points at 56-36 with 12:45 remaining in the game. The War Hawks would not get closer than 12 points the rest of the way and the Cru’s largest lead of the night came at the final margin.
Brian Long topped UMHB with 26 points and nine rebounds. He was 8-11 from the field and 10-12 from the free-throw line. LaKendric Hyson added 20 points and eight boards off the bench. Demarius Cress scored 16 points and became the Cru’s career leader in three-pointers made, breaking Tim Lytle’s school mark with his 138th triple at the 7:09 mark of the first half. Shaq Martin also reached double figures with 11 points on 3-6 shooting from beyond the arc. UMHB shot 45 percent from the field and hit 24-30 from the free-throw line. The Cru also out rebounded the War Hawks 46-42 in the victory.
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor women's basketball team earned its 18th win of the season, beating McMurry 94-77 Thursday evening in Belton, giving the Cru a two-game lead in the West Division. The win improved the Cru to 18-3 on the season and 11-2 in American Southwest Conference action, while the War Hawks fell to 11-9 overall and 9-4 in league play.
UMHB opened the game with a basket from Alicia Blackwell before Sarah Doherty hit a three for the War Hawks, giving McMurry a 3-2 lead. UMHB then constructed a 20-4 run, led by Hannah Holt with 10 points. UMHB ended the first quarter with a 10-point lead and led by as many as 25 points in the first half. The Cru held McMurry to a 3-for-2o performance from the field in the second quarter, going into halftime with a 49-23 advantage. UMHB maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half of the contest.
Holt led the Cru with 30 points followed by Kendall Rollins with 17 and Alicia Blackwell with 16. Holt also led the Cru with seven assists, followed by Meghan Turner with six and Blackwell with five. Defensively, UMHB came down with 38 boards, led by Rollins with seven.