Former Shoemaker standout Byrale Carter led Mary Hardin-Baylor with 16 points and seven rebounds and the Cru held off a late rally to beat Averett 70-69 on Sunday in Danville, Virginia.
The Cru (3-1) trailed 32-31 at halftime, and trailed by four, 46-42, with 13:19 left to play. UMHB used an 18-4 run to grab a 60-50 lead with 7:27 to go and the lead grew to 11 2:25 later.
The Cougars (2-1) answered with a run of their own and took a 69-68 lead on a Montre’ Cash free throw with 1:14 on the clock. Sam Moore hit two clutch free throws with 54 seconds remaining to put the Cru up 70-69. The Cougars missed a layup with eight seconds left and UMHB committed a foul with one second to go. Averett missed both free throws and a potential game-winning tip-in would not fall as the Cru held on for the victory.
Devyn Brewton, a sophomore from Shoemaker, added 13 points, and Salomon Smith scored 12 for the Cru.
Cash led Averett with 16 points, and Raymond Bullock III added 13 more off the bench.