Mary Hardin-Baylor took control of the game early and then held off a second-half rally on the way to a 76-55 victory over Howard Payne on Thursday night in Brownwood.
The ninth-ranked Cru (19-1 overall and 15-1 American Southwest Conference) never trailed in the game and scored the first eight points of the contest before Howard Payne finally got on the board 2:50 into the game. UMHB built a double-digit lead less than 10 minutes into the game and led 42-23 at halftime. Howard Payne battled back to cut the lead to 12 points early in the second half and trailed 53-41 with 11:09 left to play.
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