HSU nabs huge conference win, McMurry women improve to 6-2 in the ASC

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Highlights from Thursday's game action plus game recaps below.

HSU men's basketball:

Hardin-Simmons’ men’s basketball team used a strong effort on the boards and a strong shooting effort to defeat Mary Hardin-Baylor 90-86 in American Southwest Conference action at the Mabee Complex.

HSU jumped out to a 32-20 lead with 6:10 to play in the half but the Cru answered with a 28-10 run to close the half and take a 48-42 lead.

In the second half, the Cowboys overcame an eight-point deficit and retook the lead 56-55 on a Caleb Spoon 3-pointer with 16:08 to play. It stayed close the rest of the way. Jerod Martin came off the bench and hit a huge 3-pointer with 7:14 to play to give the Cowboys a 72-71 lead.

Joe Hoeup hit a 3-pointer with 3:21 to play to give the Cowboys a six-point lead. The Cowboys were able to hold the Cru off down the stretch by going 6-of-8 at the free throw line in the final :37.

HSU was 29-of-34 at the free throw line in the game and the Cru went 14-for-23. The undersized Cowboys outrebounded the Cru 38-31 in the game.

Hoeup led the Cowboys with 25 points, Nance added 19 and Caleb Spoon and Keenan Holdman added 14 points each for HSU. Holdman also added six rebounds, six assists two steals and a block against his former team.

Demarius Cress led UMHB with 22 points and Kendal Little added 12 points.

HSU is now 5-10 on the year and 3-4 in ASC play. Mary Hardin-Baylor is now 11-5 overall and 4-4 in conference action. The Cowboys will host Concordia on Saturday at 2 p.m. in their next action.

McMurry women's basketball:

The McMurry University women’s basketball team scored a key America Southwest Conference West Division win by knocking off Concordia University-Texas, 71-56, at Kimbrell Arena. The victory helped the War Hawks improve to 8-6 overall and 6-2 in the ASC, while the Tornados fell to 6-9 and 2-5 in ASC games.

The win also set up a Saturday (2 p.m.) showdown on McM’s home floor with ASC West leader Mary Hardin-Baylor. The Cru currently holds a one-game advantage on the War Hawks in the divisional race.

Against Concordia, McMurry was able to roll out to a 14-11 lead after the first quarter and upped its advantage to 10 points – 36-26 – at the half. It was a third-quarter blitz, with McM out-scoring the Tornados 23-15, that created additional separation and iced the win.

And McMurry’s ability to create some distance from the Tornados was in no small part due to the tandem of senior Sham Hunter and sophomore Skyler Reyna. The duo took care of matters on both ends of the floor, with each finishing with a double-double. Hunter had 15 points and 16 rebounds, hitting 6-of-10 from the floor. She also had a game-best four assists and made two steals.

Reyna knocked down 4-of-7 shots and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line, finishing with 14 points. She also grabbed 10 rebounds, eight on the defensive end.

As a team, the War Hawks out-rebounded CUTX by a 40-32 margin.

In all, four McM players finished in double-digit scoring. Joining Hunter and Reyna was junior guard Monica Jones’ team-leading 16 point night. Jones buried three from beyond the arc, while also passing off for two assists. Sophomore Sarah Doherty added 11 points and also had two assists.

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