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.

UMHB Women fall in OT

The UMHB women’s basketball team saw a double-digit lead disappear in a flurry of Louisiana College 3-pointers as the Cru fell to the Wildcats 90-84 in overtime Thursday night in Pineville, La. The loss drops the UMHB women to 2-5 overall and 2-2 in American Southwest Conference play on the year. The Wildcats improve to 5-1 overall and 4-0 in the ASC with the victory.

The Cru women took control of the first half in the early going and built an 18-point lead at 37-19 on a Jovana Miles put-back. UMHB pushed it back to 18 points on two more occasions and took a 44-28 lead into halftime.

The Wildcats heated up in the early part of the second half and used a 19-3 run to tie the game at 47. The run would stretch to 34-5 as Louisiana College opened up a double-digit lead of its own at 62-49. The Cru clawed its way back to tie the game at 67 and took a 68-67 lead on the second of two Kortney Bevers free-throws. The teams traded the lead before Skyler Chenevert buried a 3-pointer with 2:26 left in regulation to tie the game at 75.

Neither team could score in the final two minutes. Destini Oakman opened overtime scoring for UMHB, but the Wildcats scored the next nine points to take an 84-77 lead.

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