ASC MBB: Hot shooting leads LC to big win; Lobos win with Licon’s late jumper

Courtesy: LC, SRSU, UMHB Athletics

Louisiana College 90, UT Dallas 75

The Louisiana College men’s basketball team started hot and remained so throughout the contest and hit 13 three-pointers at a scorching 65% clip in a convincing 90-75 win over the Texas-Dallas Comets Thursday night at H.O. West Fieldhouse.

Just a week and a half after tying his career high in points in a game against Sul Ross State with 35, Kae’ron Baker went one better and broke that mark against the Comets by going 12 of 21 from the field, thanks to another career best with seven made three-pointers, to finish the game with 36 points. He also added another career high with six steals in the contest.

Galen Smith, Jr. & Bailey Hardy each finished the contest with 16 points with Smith also contributing seven rebounds while Hardy hit four shots from long distance. KJ Bilbo rounded out the leading scorers with ten points, going two of three from three and hit all four free throws he was awarded.

The Wildcats (4-1, 4-1 ASC) now have Saturday off following the cancelation of their home game against University of the Ozarks. LC’s next contest will be a week from Thursday as the Wildcats head to Marshall, Texas to take on East Texas Baptist University. Tip-off between the Wildcats and Tigers is set for 7:30 P.M. on January 28th at Ornelas Gymnasium.

Sul Ross St. 72, East Texas Baptist 70

Tristen Licon broke a 70-70 tie on a jumper with 8.2 seconds left to lift the Lobos in a 72-70 thriller against East Texas Baptist on Thursday at the Gallego Center.

Julian Paredes finished with a game and career-high 29 points. Licon added 17 in the victory and had a game-high eight rebounds. Jake Lopez proved again to be the facilitator with a game-high 11 assists.

The Lobos improve to 6-5 on the year and stand at 4-2 in ASC play. ETBU drops to 8-5 and 2-2.

With their next game against LeTourneau canceled, Sully next travels to Clarksville, AR on Thursday, January 28 to take on University of the Ozarks.

Mary Hardin-Baylor 77, Hardin-Simmons 67

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men’s basketball team ratcheted up the defense in the second half as the Cru erased an early double digit deficit on the way to a 77-67 victory over Hardin-Simmons Thursday night in Abilene. UMHB improves to 6-3 overall and 3-0 in American Southwest Conference play with the win. The loss drops the Cowboys to 8-4 overall and 3-2 in the ASC on the year.

Byrale Carter led the Cru with 19 points and 10 rebounds, posting a double-double in his first game since suffering a wrist injury in November of 2019. Welch hit 4-5 three-pointers and finished with 16 points, Carson Hammond finished with 14, Josiah Johnson scored 13 and Ty Prince added 10 in his first appearance of the season. UMHB shot 57 percent from the field in the second half as a team and finished at 48 percent for the game. The Cru hit 10-26 three-pointers and was 15-21 from the line.

Aidan Walsh led the Cowboys with 16 points, Steven Quinn had 11 points and nine rebounds and Hunter and Chase Cobb finished with 10 points apiece. HSU was just 4-12 on three-pointers in the second half and shot 41 percent from long-range on the night. Hardin-Simmons shot 37 percent overall and was just 10-20 from the free-throw line.

The Cru will close out this road trip to Abilene with a 3 pm start at McMurry University on Saturday. The UMHB men will then return home to host the same two teams next week at the Mayborn Campus Center.

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