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Cowboys drop Pikes Peak Invitational opener to Cornell College

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Hardin-Simmons’ men’s basketball team dropped another heartbreaker, falling 64-62 to Cornell College at the Pikes Peak Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Friday evening. Colorado Springs, CO -

 

The Cowboys jumped out to a 21-6 lead in the first half and led for most of the game. In that opening kick, the two veterans Joe Hoeup and Caleb Spoon combined for 15 points.

 

The much bigger Rams took advantage in the second half in the paint. Jon Anderson had 21 points and 16 rebounds and Brad Hund added 16 points and eight rebounds. The Rams outscored the Cowboys 46-30 in the paint in the game.

 

The Cowboys led 64-63 with 1:06 to play when Anderson scored on a layup after Hund had pulled down an offensive rebound. The Cowboys ran a good offensive set to get Caleb Spoon an open 3-pointer but it rimmed out and C.J. Rice pulled down an offensive rebound. Hoeup then came up short and the Cowboys fouled Craig Engle who hit both free throws to make it 67-64 with :04 to play.

 

Cornell then decided to foul instead of letting the Cowboys attempt a game-tying 3-pointer. Chris Barrett hit the first free throw and intentionally missed the second and Matthew McElroy was fouled on the scramble for the rebound and had a chance to tie but missed the first and then the second one intentionally but the Cowboys couldn’t get the rebound.

 

Hoeup had a career-best 28 points, and added six rebounds, six steals and four assists. Spoon added 14 points for the Cowboys.

 

Cornell improved to 8-4 on the year and HSU fell to 3-8. HSU will play Colorado College at 6:30 on Saturday.

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