ALPINE — Mary Hardin-Baylor held a nine-point lead with 5 minutes remaining but didn’t hang on, falling to East Texas Baptist 86-82 in the opening round of the men’s American Southwest Conference tournament Thursday.

ETBU (20-6) erased its late nine-point deficit and went ahead 82-81 on Darrice Whitley’s layup with 38 seconds remaining, before UMHB’s Brian Long made one of two free throws to tie it with 28 seconds to go. Whitley made two fouls shots with 9 seconds left, and the Crusaders (17-9) turned over the ball on their next possession. Robby Dooley’s two free throws iced it for the Tigers, who advanced to today’s semifinal round.

Demarius Cress and LaKendric Hyson scored 20 points apiece, and Long added 18 for UMHB. The Crusaders shot 44 percent from the floor but surrendered 22 offensive rebounds to the Tigers.

Whitley had a game-high 32 points for ETBU, which got 16 from Landin Brown and 13 from Dooley.


UMHB 81, Louisiana College 71

RICHARDSON — Mary Hardin-Baylor used a 12-3 run over the final 3½ minutes to pull away from Louisiana College in the opening round of the women’s American Southwest Conference tournament.

All 12 of the Lady Crusaders’ final points came from the free throw line as they advanced to face Concordia Texas in a semifinal at 5 p.m. today.

Sophomore Hannah Holt had a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds for UMHB (22-4), which got 20 points from Alicia Blackwell and 13 from Aubrie Elliott. Haven Neal grabbed 11 rebounds to go with eight points.

Kourtney McGhee scored 22 points, and Brooke Jones added 21 for the Wildcats (14-11).

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