COLLEGE BASKETBALL: UMHB men edge Sul Ross State
ALPINE — Mary Hardin-Baylor erased a double-digit deficit in the first half, went up by as many 13 points in the second half and finally held on for a 79-78 victory over Sul Ross State on Thursday night.
The Crusaders (17-7, 10-6 American Southwest Conference) held a 72-59 lead with 5:21 remaining, before the Lobos (18-6, 13-3) closed within 78-76 on Tristen Licon’s 3-pointer with 8 seconds left.
Demarius Cress hit one of two free throws on the other end to give UMHB a 79-76 lead, and the Crusaders fouled Licon on a 3-point attempt with a second to go. Licon missed the first free throw before making the final two.
Brian Long had a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds for UMHB, which got 17 points from LaKendric Hyson, and 12 each from Cress and Aubrie King.
Licon and B.J. Hollis had 19 points apiece to lead the Lobos.
The Crusaders close the regular season Saturday afternoon at Howard Payne and can grab the ASC West Division’s No. 2 seed for the conference tournament with a win.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: UMHB women rout Sul Ross State
ALPINE — Aubrie Elliott came off the bench to score a career-high 23 points and grab 11 rebounds, helping Mary Hardin-Baylor to a 96-51 victory over Sul Ross State on Thursday night.
Hannah Holt had 16 points, Haven Neal added 12, and Alicia Blackwell chipped in 11 for UMHB (20-4, 13-3 American Southwest Conference), which secured the ASC West Division’s top seed for the conference tournament.
Erica Powell had 17 points to pace Sul Ross State (6-18, 4-12).
The Lady Crusaders close the regular season Saturday afternoon at Howard Payne.
COLLEGE BASEBALL: UMHB splits with Schreiner
BELTON — Mary Hardin-Baylor bounced back from a 6-5 loss in the opener to post a 12-7 victory and salvage a split with Schreiner on Thursday.
Riley Davis was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Mitch Patterson also drove in two runs in the opener for UMHB (1-2), but reliever Jeb Zolman (0-1) gave up three runs on two hits and four walks in only 2 2/3 innings.
Max Conway hit a two-run homer and Dakota Best drove in a pair of runs for the Crusaders in Game 2 to back starter Connor Heussner (1-0), who scattered five runs and seven hits through five innings.
The three-game series wraps up at 1 p.m. today.
COLLEGE SOFTBALL: UMHB sweeps conference-opening doubleheader
BELTON — Mary Hardin-Baylor swept LeTourneau on Thursday in the American Southwest Conference-opening doubleheader for both teams at Dee Dillon Field.
The Crusaders (5-1) scored four times in the fourth inning of Game 1 to erase a 3-0 deficit and held on for a 4-3 victory. Devon Walter and Kourtney Cummings each had two hits, and Makenzi Dawson had two RBIs for UMHB. Hannah Halepaska struck out two and allowed six hits in earning the win in the circle.
Linsey Tomlinson went 3-for-4, including two home runs, and had three RBIs in UMHB’s 9-4 win in Game 2. Avery Kelly was 3-for-3, Emily Bounds had two hits, and Dawson and Walter had two RBIs apiece for the Crusaders. CeCe Darilek went 6 1/3 in the circle for the win.
Conroe Oak Ridge 6, Temple 5
Belton 5, Corpus Christi Moody 4