• January 17, 2017

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL: UMHB men down UT-Dallas

RICHARDSON — Mary Hardin-Baylor used a 7-0 run early in the second half to erase most of a 10-point deficit, and the Crusaders closed the game with a 12-2 surge to pull away from Texas-Dallas for an 83-71 victory Monday.

UMHB men keep cool at Concordia; King, Crusaders handle Tornados’ relentless style in road victory

AUSTIN — In what has historically been a rough-and-tumble matchup over the past decade, Mary Hardin-Baylor and Concordia Texas produced a game befitting the series.

Cold-shooting Lady Crusaders fall to Concordia

AUSTIN — Basketball is a difficult game when shots aren’t falling. Just ask Mary Hardin-Baylor, whose shooting performance Saturday afternoon never gave the Lady Crusaders a chance to win.

Much-needed win: UMHB men beat East Texas Baptist in league play

BELTON — In its only contest at home during a brutal seven-game stretch — and in dire need of a win — Mary Hardin-Baylor didn’t make every play but made the right ones to keep from going off the deep end early in the conference schedule.

Lady Cru showcase depth in rout of Tigers

BELTON — Ten players scored at least four points for Mary Hardin-Baylor, which got double-digit production from three reserves off the bench. It was the latest example in a growing trend of the Lady Crusaders getting more output from more players.

Fredenburg named AFCA Division III coach of the year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Less than a month after guiding Mary Hardin-Baylor to its first national championship, Pete Fredenburg was named the NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association. The award was announced Tuesday at the AFCA’s annual convention.

UMHB edges Rust for sixth straight win

BELTON — Two years of service as strictly a spot-up shooter for NCAA Division II St. Edward’s was all Aubrie King could handle. The former two-time Class A high school player of the year at Mumford knew he had more to offer a basketball team than just long-range shooting.

When he decided to take his talents elsewhere, he had only one program in mind — the one he grew up watching.

“When I had the opportunity to leave (St. Edwards), this was the only place I considered really,” the Mary Hardin-Baylor junior wing said. “It feels really special to play here.”

Now he and the Crusaders are on a special kind of roll.

King had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, and UMHB stretched its winning streak to six games with an 83-79 victory over Rust on Friday night to wrap up the Cru Classic at Mayborn Campus Center.

Crusaders cruise: Hot-shooting UMHB rolls past Elmhurst

BELTON — Elmhurst didn’t flinch but it didn’t matter. Mary Hardin-Baylor had too many shooters who could draw a bead on the Bluejays.

Braden Hammond poured in 32 points and Aubrie King scored 29 as UMHB shot 57 percent from the field to outgun Elmhurst 108-93 on Thursday night at Mayborn Campus Center.

One day after Demarius Cress had 29 points in a 91-84 win over Rust, the Crusaders (7-3) had two more players crest the 25-point mark to help push their winning streak to five games.

Column: ‘Glorious’ finish for Crusaders

“Oh, it’s just glorious!”

More excited than a man who received a death-row pardon and an invitation to the Playboy mansion in the same phone call, Mary Hardin-Baylor football coach Pete Fredenburg’s on-field postgame interview with an ESPNU sideline reporter after the Stagg Bowl was unbridled enthusiasm personified.

The question following the Crusaders’ victory in the NCAA Division III championship game was six words long.

“How would you describe this moment?”

Fredenburg’s response was an entire coaching career in the making.

“Oh, it’s just glorious! Unbelievable. All the commitment everybody’s made. Unbelievable. Yeah baby! Yes, it’s awesome.”

UMHB NOTEBOOK: Fredenburg still savoring championship — and not ready to walk away

BELTON — Never before had Pete Fredenburg been in such a good mood for his final news conference of the season. Of course, never before had the Mary Hardin-Baylor program captured the NCAA Division III national championship.

UMHB still flying high; Fredenburg eager to experience what title brings

BELTON — Never before had Pete Fredenburg been in such a good mood for his final news conference of the season. Of course, never before had the Mary Hardin-Baylor program captured the NCAA Division III national championship.

So three days after the Crusaders won the 44th edition of the Stagg Bowl in Salem, Va., their head coach’s excitement had barely waned.

FOOTBALL: Fans welcome national champ UMHB’s return to Belton

BELTON — Festive fans greeted the bus that brought the national champion Crusaders back home on Saturday afternoon. 

UMHB sweeps Louisiana College

BELTON — Mary Hardin-Baylor gained some separation with an 11-0 second-half run that erased a five-point deficit, and the Crusaders headed into their holiday break on a high note with a 72-66 victory over Louisiana College on Saturday afternoon at Mayborn Campus Center.

UMHB (5-3, 1-1 American Southwest Conference) was down 43-38 with 14 minutes remaining when junior wing Aubrie King hit a 3-pointer to start the surge. Sophomore guard Demarius Cress drained a long 3 as part of a four-point play, got a layup off a steal and added two free throws as the Crusaders grabbed a 49-43 lead and never trailed again.

PURPLE REIGNS: UMHB wins Division III football championship

SALEM, Va. — Helmets, hats and hugs.

Stagg Bowl: UMHB beats Wisconsin-Oshkosh for NCAA Division III national title

SALEM, Va. — Helmets, hats and hugs. Nineteen seasons of chasing that walnut and bronze trophy culminated in a flurry of embraces and flying headgear Friday night. Mary Hardin-Baylor is the national champion.

Final chapter; No. 2 Crusaders, No. 5 Titans collide in Stagg Bowl showdown

SALEM, Va. — Mary Hardin-Baylor played for a conference title, respect and revenge through its first 14 games of the season. Tonight, the Crusaders play for all the marbles. Second-ranked UMHB makes its second bid to win its first national championship when it collides with No. 5 Wisconsin-Oshkosh at 6 p.m. today in the Stagg Bowl at frosty Salem Stadium, where the temperature will be in the low to mid-20s at kickoff.

Cru players give back prior to title game

SALEM, Va. – As the wind chill dipped into the teens Thursday morning, a dozen Mary Hardin-Baylor football players got the chance to enjoy some warmhearted moments at Salem’s newest elementary school.

No. 2 UMHB aims to win first national title tonight

SALEM, Va. – Mary Hardin-Baylor played for a conference title, respect and revenge through its first 14 games of the season. Tonight, the Crusaders play for all the marbles.

Stagg Bowl: Titans’ Brown took alternate route

SALEM, Va. — His teammates call him Grandpa, and there’s no denying that 27-year-old Cameron Brown is the elder statesman for Wisconsin-Oshkosh. The result of three years of soul searching and various full-time jobs is a senior free safety who isn’t a typical college football player, at least not based on his birth certificate.

Stagg Bowl: UMHB players shoulder responsibilities; accountability develops stronger bond

SALEM, Va. — It wasn’t just the outcomes of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s playoff defeats in 2014 and ‘15 that bothered the Crusaders. What really tore at their souls was the way that they lost — a few players making poor on-field decisions for what much of the team felt were selfish reasons.

ONE FINAL HURDLE: After cleaning house, Crusaders aim for ultimate prize

SALEM, Va. – It wasn’t just the outcomes of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s playoff defeats in 2014 and ’15 that bothered the Crusaders. What really tore at their souls was the way they lost — a few players making poor on-field decisions for what much of the team felt were selfish reasons.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: ‘Grandpa’ Brown takes long path to D-III title game

SALEM, Va. – His teammates call him Grandpa, and there’s no denying that 27-year-old Cameron Brown is the elder statesman for Wisconsin-Oshkosh. The result of three years of soul searching and various full-time jobs is a senior free safety who isn’t a typical college football player, at least not based on his birth certificate.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Crusaders looking to expand brand Friday night with championship

ROANOKE, Va. – Known around the state of Texas for its athletic prowess, Mary Hardin-Baylor gets another chance to expand its brand across the country via the NCAA Division III football national championship game Friday night in nearby Salem.

UMHB’s consistent success product of multiple factors

ROANOKE, Va. — Known around the state of Texas for its athletic prowess, Mary Hardin-Baylor gets another chance to expand its brand across the country via the NCAA Division III football national championship game Friday night in nearby Salem.