ASC MBB: ETBU defeats Ozarks; UMHB tops century mark

Story courtesy: ETBU, UMHB, SRSU, HSU Athletics

East Texas Baptist 76, Ozarks 65

Diving back into American Southwest Conference play, the East Texas Baptist University men’s basketball team defeated the University of the Ozarks, 76-65, on the road. With the victory, ETBU moves to 8-4 overall and 2-1 in ASC contests.

The Tigers connected on 51% from the floor (26-of-51) and added eight three pointers (8-of-20) for a 40% clip. ETBU also dished out 17 assists and turned away three shots defensively.

Aaron Gregg led five players scoring in double figures with 20 points and six assists on the day. Brown added 17 points and six rebounds, Kevin Charles and Jayden Williams each chipped in 12 points and Chris Haynes returned from his three-game absence to score 10 points in the win.  

The first 20 minutes belonged to the Tigers as a Charles layup sealed a 9-2 spurt for ETBU in the first 17:26 of play. Another layup by Charles moments later increased the lead to nine (12-3). The Ozarks would square the deficit at 12 after a 9-0 run of their own over the next three minutes. A jumper by Brown and a three pointer by Gregg capped off a short four point burst to give ETBU the 18-12 advantage at the midway point of the half.

ETBU will continue its road trip with a visit to Alpine, TX for a meeting with Sul Ross State University. The ASC matchup is set for 7:30 p.m. from the Gallego Center on Thursday, January 21, 2021.

Mary Hardin-Baylor 109, Belhaven 91

Josiah Johnson’s midcourt three-pointer was just the spark the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men’s basketball team needed as the Cru dominated the second half on its way to a 109-91 win over Belhaven University Saturday evening in Belton. UMHB improves to 5-3 overall and 2-0 in American Southwest Conference play with the victory. The loss snaps the Blazers’ three-game winning streak and drops the team to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the ASC on the year.

Johnson hit 10-19 from the field and went 5-11 from beyond the arc to finish with a team-high 34 points. He also added eight rebounds and six assists. Carson Hammond had 18 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, Aedan Welch scored 17 points and Kobe Richardson also reached double figures with 12 for the Cru. UMHB shot 59 percent from the field as a team in the second half and finished at 51 percent for the game. The Cru 13-36 from long-range and doubled up the Blazers on the board with a 52-26 edge.

Luke Couch had a game-high 37 points to lead Belhaven on 10-16 shooting from the field. Matthew McMillan had 18 points and Korri Edwards chipped in with 11. The Blazers shot 47 percent from the field and went 15-29 on three-pointers in the contest.

The Cru men will hit the road for a pair of ASC games in Abilene next week. UMHB will take on Hardin-Simmons in a 7:30 pm start on Thursday before facing McMurry University in a 3 pm tip on Saturday.

Sul Ross State 73, McMurry 57

Tristen Licon passed former teammate Caleb Thomasson on Saturday to become the #2 all-time leading scorer in Sul Ross history in a 73-57 home win over McMurry.

Licon came in 19 points shy and put up 20 for the game to leapfrog Thomasson and sit at 1437 career points. The milestone basket came off a steal and layup with 9:51 left in the second half.

Licon now finds himself 288 points behind Sidney Hooper’s all-time record of 1725. The El Paso native’s game-high 20 came with a team-high eight rebounds and game-best four steals.

Julian Paredes finished with 13 points and six rebounds. Carson Perkins shot 3-4 from beyond the arc to provide 11 points.

The Lobos improve to 5-5 on the season and 3-2 in conference play. McMurry drops to 1-7 and 1-3.

Sully looks to keep things rolling at home next Thursday with a clash against East Texas Baptist at the Gallego Center.

Hardin-Simmons 79, Howard Payne 49

Hardin-Simmons’ men’s basketball team won 79-49 over Howard Payne on Saturday in American Southwest Conference play to move to 3-1 in the conference.

The Cowboys had four players in double-figure points. Anthony Hunter led with 13 and Trey Brown had 12. Kyle Brennon and Jordyn Vicente both scored 11 on the night.

The Yellow Jackets had Tyrell Thompson and Michael House who led all scoring with 16 points apiece.

The Cowboys finish their road trip with the win and move to 8-3 and 3-1 in ASC play. Howard Payne falls to 0-10 and 0-4 in the conference. HSU basketball will be back at home next week starting with UMHB on Thursday night in the Mabee Complex.   

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