ASC MBB: Comets ride huge second half to victory

Courtesy: UTD, UMHB, ETBU Athletics

UT Dallas 103, Belhaven 83

A 61-point second half propelled the UT Dallas men’s basketball team to a 103-83 road win over Belhaven Saturday afternoon as the Comets picked up their first American Southwest Conference victory of the season.

Sophomore Hunter Stevens scored 19 of his career-high 25 points in the second half as the Comets (now 3-1, 1-1 ASC) turned a one-point halftime lead into a 20-point victory, topping the century mark for the first time since last February. Stevens was one of five Comets to reach double figures as they squad bounced back from its first loss of the season Thursday night.

Stevens closed the game 10-for-13 while adding a game-high six assists and three rebounds. Michael Forster had 23 points, hitting 4-of-8 treys, while freshman Kameron Pruitt came off the bench for 17 points and a game-best 13 rebounds, both season highs, for his first collegiate ‘double-double’. Kelden Pruitt added 11 points and Dimitrius Underwood had 10 points to round out the Comets in double digits.

The Comets return to action Thursday when they host Howard Payne in an another ASC contest. Tip-off is 6 p.m. at the UTD Activity Center.

Mary Hardin-Baylor 94, McMurry 66

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men’s basketball team used a huge first half from Josiah Johnson to take control of the game and the Cru never looked back in a 94-66 victory over McMurry University Saturday afternoon in Abilene. UMHB improves to 7-3 overall and 4-0 in American Southwest Conference play with the win. The loss drops the War Hawks to 1-8 overall and 1-4 in ASC play on the year.

Josiah Johnson led all scorers with 35 points in the game on 11-18 shooting from the field. He also had six rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists. Ty Prince had 13 points and blocked four shots and Byrale Carter added nine points. Twelve different players scored for UMHB as the team shot 54 percent for the game and hit 10-25 from beyond the arc. The Cru out rebounded McMurry 42-36 in the game and had a 44-26 edge on points in the paint.

Matt Pena topped the War Hawks with 17 points. Remy Minor added 13 points and Jordan Sherman also reached double figures with 10. McMurry shot 39 percent as a team and was just 6-20 from beyond the arc.

UMHB and McMurry will now turn right around and play each other Thursday night in Belton. The Cru men will then close out the week with a Saturday home game against Hardin-Simmons University.

East Texas Baptist 87, Howard Payne 51

Dominating on both ends of the floor, the East Texas Baptist University men’s basketball team played one of their best games of the year defeating Howard Payne University, 87-51. ETBU improves to 9-5 overall and 3-2 in the American Southwest Conference.

Kevin Charles posted a season-high 20 points hitting 10-of-12 from the field. Chris Haynes added 11 points while Logan Blow and Jayden Williams scored 10 points each. Aaron Gregg recorded six assists for the night. Tyrell Thompson was HPU’s top scorer with 15 points.

ETBU will return home on Thursday for a 7:30 PM contest against Louisiana College.

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