BELTON — Brian Long scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Mary Hardin-Baylor, which never trailed en route to an 89-64 victory over McMurry on Thursday night at Mayborn Campus Center.
The Crusaders (15-6, 8-5 American Southwest Conference) went up by a dozen points on Long’s close-range bucket only 8 minutes in, and the War Hawks (7-13, 5-8) never got closer than 11 the rest of the way.
LaKendric Hyson came off the bench to score 20 points for UMHB, which got 16 from Demarius Cress and 11 from Shaq Martin while moving into sole possession of second place in the ASC West Division.
Aaron Gettys’ 14 points paced McMurry, which shot only 36 percent from the floor and 53 percent from the foul line.
RECORD BREAKER: Cress was 2-of-5 from 3-point range. His second 3 came with 7:06 left in the first half and gave him UMHB’s career record for 3-pointers with 138, breaking Tim Lytle’s mark.
BUSY IN THE PAINT: After McMurry trimmed a 20-point gap to 12 with 7½ minutes remaining, the Crusaders started feeding the ball to Long on the low block. The junior forward responded by scoring UMHB’s next 11 points — six of which came on a pair of three-point plays.
UP NEXT: UMHB plays its final home game of the regular season Saturday afternoon against Hardin-Simmons. McMurry visits Concordia Texas on Saturday.