• December 25, 2014

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Lady Crusaders rally to hand Louisiana College its first loss

BELTON — Sometimes it pays to just hang around until good things begin to happen.

As for the UMHB Lady Crusaders, it was a matter of hanging around despite trailing by 18 and grinding out a 94-87 victory over previously unbeaten Louisiana College on Thursday night at Mayborn Campus Center in their final American Southwest Conference game before the Christmas break.

UMHB gets overtime victory

BELTON — Just a sliver of an opening was enough for the Mary-Hardin Baylor men Thursday night.

Jerard Graham buried a 3-pointer with 24 seconds left in regulation to force overtime where the Crusaders overcame Louisiana College 84-77 in an American Southwest Conference basketball game at Mayborn Campus Center.

It was a game that the Crusaders had appeared to have frittered away, but managed to come back in the final minutes of regulation.

UMHB holds off Concordia

BELTON — Despite Concordia Texas’ best effort to turn the game into a helter-skelter affair, Mary Hardin-Baylor never got too frazzled and its nerves of steel paid off in the form of a key conference win.

UMHB committed only 13 turnovers and often broke Concordia’s trapping, full-court press for easy buckets, providing the Crusaders with just enough fuel to outrun the Tornados 81-77 Saturday afternoon at Mayborn Campus Center.

Local high school and college roundup

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Hicks leads Temple boys past L.D. Bell

KELLER — Temple coach Quinton Gibson describes Logan Hicks as a rhythm shooter. Hicks found his rhythm quickly on Thursday.

Hicks scored 25 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead Temple to a 57-40 win over Hurst L.D. Bell in an opening-round game of the Keller Timber Creek Classic at Keller High School.

UMHB’s Nelson earns All-American honor

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor tight end Eric Nelson has been named to the American Football Coaches Association’s Division III All-America Team.

UMHB has five players, coach earn regional honors

BELTON — Mary Hardin-Baylor had five players named to the D3football.com All-South Region Team, and Crusaders coach Pete Fredenburg was named NCAA Division III Region 3 Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association.

UMHB men, women drop ASC openers

BROWNWOOD — Mary Hardin-Baylor charged out of the gate but stumbled coming down the stretch, falling 69-63 to Howard Payne in an American Southwest Conference opener Thursday night.

Crusaders edge Southwestern 71-68 in home opener

BELTON — If Monday night’s home opener was any indication, Mary Hardin-Baylor’s men’s basketball games will be nothing if not entertaining this season.

UMHB picks up pieces: Cru examining what went wrong in playoff loss

BELTON — Unaccustomed to not having a December football game to prepare for, Mary Hardin-Baylor coach Pete Fredenburg wasn’t quite sure what to do with his time on Sunday.

ANALYSIS: With 14 starting underclassmen, Cru will be strong again in 2015

In fall 1997, Mary Hardin-Baylor head coach Pete Fredenburg never made his team runs laps. 

Third-down efficiency key for Wildcats

BELTON — Third down. It’s the offense’s opportunity to make crucial plays, remain on the field and wear down the opposing defense. It’s the defense’s shot to stand firm, get off the field and gain needed rest on the sideline.

Linfield tops UMHB in second-round playoff game

BELTON — All of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s little flaws that had reared their head at times this season — the inconsistent quarterback play, the inexperience in the defensive secondary, the inability to run the ball on the edges without its backup quarterback — became glaring deficiencies Saturday afternoon.

ALLAN MANDELL: Great final game for a money player

Mary Hardin-Baylor was trailing the Linfield Wildcats 17-14 on Saturday with 12:52 left in the third quarter at Crusader Stadium.

Second-ranked Cru KO’d in second round by postseason nemesis

BELTON — All of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s little flaws that had reared their head at times this season — the inconsistent quarterback play, the inexperience in the defensive secondary, the inability to run the ball on the edges without its backup quarterback — became glaring deficiencies Saturday afternoon.

UMHB, Linfield collide again

BELTON — The math isn’t going to add up when No. 2 Mary Hardin-Baylor hosts No. 11 Linfield (Ore.) at noon today at Crusader Stadium in the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs.

Resolve pays off for UMHB’s Sheffield

BELTON — Mary Hardin-Baylor fifth-year senior Chance Sheffield has stuck with football through things other players might have walked away from: primarily a shoulder injury that forced him to sit out all of his second year, followed by three seasons spent primarily as a backup.

Cru duo adapts plans for holiday

BELTON — As a perennial playoff participant, the Mary Hardin-Baylor football team is accustomed to working through the Thanksgiving holiday.

Fredenburg, Cru host Linfield in second round

Thanksgiving is a workday for 17-year Mary Hardin-Baylor head coach Pete Fredenburg.

Lady Crusaders ease past McMurry

BELTON — Mary Hardin-Baylor rarely pressed or pushed the tempo Tuesday night, two things that figure to be its staples this season.

UMHB seeks normalcy: Crusaders get back into routine for second round

BELTON — Thanksgiving week always presents its own set of challenges during the NCAA Division III playoffs.

UMHB holds off Texas Lutheran 27-20

BELTON — Texas Lutheran’s plan to play keep-away worked out just as the Bulldogs had hoped it would, but no team can keep the ball for all 60 minutes of a football game.

ALLAN MANDELL: 5-foot-10 Allen makes huge play for UMHB

All high-quality coaches preach that every play counts. Of course, some plays matter more than others. Then, taking things up a notch, there are what coaches call “big plays” or “huge plays.”

Special teams, defense help No. 2 UMHB hold on for two-day playoff victory against No. 17 TLU

BELTON — Texas Lutheran’s plan to play keep-away worked out just as the Bulldogs had hoped it would, but no team can keep the ball for all 60 minutes of a football game. 

Cru offense makes the most of little time with football

In the 60-minute, NCAA Division III, first-round playoff game between Texas Lutheran and host Mary Hardin-Baylor, the Crusaders possessed the football for only 11 minutes, 38 seconds.