HSU's Hoeup gets special Senior Day surprise

Joe Hoeup smiling after being surprised before his last home game. Nick Mantas.

Hardin-Simmons senior guard Joe Hoeup played his final home game Saturday, but this one was slightly different.

Throughout Joe's career he's never played a basketball game in front of his mom.

Being a hard-working woman who couldn't miss work to get to his games, the timing just never worked out.

Fellow senior Ryan Chaney was shocked when he found out that there wasn't a single point that Joe's scored that she could be there for.

"One time he was telling us, 'My mom, she's never seen me play.' We were like, 'Oh, she's never seen you play in Texas,'" said Chaney.

Hoeup replied, "She's never seen me play ever."

'"We were like, really not even in high school?' He's like, 'Yeah, she never got to go," said Chaney.

From there the team knew they had to get Joe's mom to Abilene for Senior Day.

The entire team decided to pitch in to help fly Joe's mom, sister, his sister's fiance', and brother from Santa Rosa, California to Abilene.

Joe's mom, Hannah, doesn't speak much English so his brother Randy told us what being here for this game meant to her.

"She just wants to thank God for allowing her the opportunity to come here to visit Joe for his senior game. She loves it. She had a good time and she appreciates Glenda and Jim for letting us stay over there and keeping us locked in while we kept away from Joe and did all cause to keep away from Joe," said Randy.

Joe's game reflected his excitement as he made nine three-pointers and finished with 37 points, but it wasn't enough to get the win, as the Crusaders of Mary Hardin-Baylor held on for a 103-96 win.

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