HSU splits road contests at Concordia
ABILENE, Texas —
Hardin-Simmons’ men’s basketball team beat Concordia 97-84 in American Southwest Conference action, while the women fell 66-59 in Austin on Thursday night at the Concordia Fieldhouse.
Concordia jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the opening minutes. HSU took a 14-12 lead on a Zane Zbranek 3-pointer with 12:14 to play in the half and never trailed again. HSU pushed the lead out to as many as 10 points and eventually led 43-36 at halftime.
HSU raced out of the halftime locker room and Joe Hoeup opened the half with a lob dunk and Caleb Spoon hit four 3-pointers to push the lead out to 66-45 with 14:54 to play. Concordia was never closer than 13 until the final second of the game.
The Cowboys rebounded from a 19-for-34 effort at the free throw line in a loss to McMurry in its previous game with a 23-for-24 night at the charity stripe.
Spoon finished with 28 points and hit eight 3-pointers in the game. Joe Hoeup finished the game with 24 points in the contest. Charles Johnson led the Tornados with 18 points.
HSU is now 8-13 overall and 6-7 in conference play. Concordia fell to 13-8 overall and 7-6 in ASC play. The Cowboys will play at Mary Hardin-Baylor on Saturday.
The Cowgirls came out strong in the first quarter and led 16-12 going into the second quarter and held a 29-26 lead at halftime.
The difference in the game came in the third quarter. Concordia came out on a 16-5 run to take a 42-34 lead with 3:42 to play in the third and pushed it to 49-38 heading into the final frame.
HSU made a push to start the fourth quarter with a 14-4 run to cut the deficit to 53-52. Concordia answered with eight straight points to extend the lead back to 61-52 and closed it out from there.
Addison Garcia led three Cowgirls in double figures with 15 points. Heidi Schroeder scored 13 points and Danie Mabry chipped in with 12.
Jaela Dejean led the Tornados with 17 points and Mercedes Ellison added 14.
HSU is now 4-16 overall and 2-11 in conference play. Concordia improved to 11-10 overall and to 7-6 in ASC play with its fifth straight win. HSU will play at Mary Hardin-Baylor on Saturday at 2 p.m.