PINEVILLE, La. — The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men’s basketball team could not overcome a cold night from the free-throw line as the Cru lost a 60-53 decision to Louisiana College Thursday night in Pineville. The loss drops the UMHB men to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in American Southwest Conference play on the season. The Wildcats improve to 4-2 overall and 4-0 in the ASC with the victory.
Louisiana College scored the game’s first five points and opened up a 10-point lead at 22-12 midway through the first half. UMHB battled back to take a 29-28 lead with 3:59 left to play in the first. The two teams traded the lead before James Allen’s layin gave the Cru a 37-36 halftime edge. UMHB would lead by as many as six points in the second half before the Wildcats retook the lead at 53-51 on Kevin Cottonham’s 3-point play with 5:04 remaining. Antonie Chaney tied the game at 53 with a pair of free throws four seconds later, but the Cru would not score again, missing three free-throws and three 3-point shots in the final minutes as LC pulled away for the victory.
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