ASC MBB: Ozarks upsets HSU as East Division title race heats up

Ozarks 71, Hardin-Simmons 62

The Eagles moved into a first-place tie with a 71-62 win over Hardin-Simmons University Thursday night in Texas. The Eagles are tied with Louisiana College in the East Division standings with a .667 winning percentage.

The Eagles got 17 second half points from Zach Bobo. Bobo hit 3-of-5 from long range and 7-of-10 overall from the field. The Eagles led 31-27 at the half. The Eagles held their biggest lead of the game at the 6:43 mark, 61-46, to put the game out of reach. It was a Bobo basket that gave the Eagles the comfortable lead. Bobo finished with 21 points and Bryson Johnson had 14 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists.

Louisiana College 90, LeTourneau 65

PINEVILLE, La. – In a game that could end up determining which team wins the American Southwest Conference’s Eastern Division, the Louisiana College men’s basketball team used a 19-0 run late in the first half to pull away and never looked back in a 90-65 win over the LeTourneau Yellow Jackets Thursday evening at H.O. West Fieldhouse.

East Texas Baptist 75, Belhaven 66

JACKSON, Miss. – Facing a tough and resilient Belhaven University squad, the East Texas Baptist University men’s basketball team escaped with a 75-66 win on the road. With one game to go, the Tigers are currently 14-7 overall and 7-4 in the American Southwest Conference. Sitting with a .636 winning percentage in the ASC East Division, ETBU still has a chance to win the division on Saturday depending on other outcomes.

Leading the Tigers was Charlie Cochran with a double-double scoring 31 points and recording 11 rebounds. Chris Haynes finished with 12 points and seven rebounds while Jay Williams tallied 11 points. Matthew McMillan led BU with 19 points on five threes.

Concordia 101, Howard Payne 87

AUSTIN, Texas – Antoine Henderson had a near double-double, scoring a team-high 21 points and grabbing seven rebounds as the Concordia Texas men’s basketball team snapped its two-game skid on Thursday, overwhelming Howard Payne 101-87 inside Concordia Fieldhouse.

In a near wire-to-wire win, the Tornados shot over 50% from the field, led by Henderson, who went 9-of-11 from the field for 21 points, his highest scoring output in a game this season, since a 25-point game against Belhaven back on Jan. 13.

Mary Hardin-Baylor 95, Sul Ross St. 71

BELTON, Texas – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor men’s basketball team broke open a tight game midway through the first half and the Cru never looked back on the way to its 12th straight victory in a 95-71 win over Sul Ross State Thursday night in Belton. UMHB improves to 15-3 overall and 12-0 in American Southwest Conference play with the victory. The loss drops the Lobos to 9-10 overall and 7-7 in the ASC on the year.

UT Dallas 100, McMurry 59

ABILENE, TX (03.04.21) – With one game left in the regular season, the UT Dallas men’s basketball team has moved back into fourth place in the American Southwest Conference’s East Division after an impressive 100-59 road win over McMurry Thursday night.

The Comets (now 8-4, 6-4 ASC) can secure an 18th consecutive trip to the ASC Tournament this Saturday with a win at Hardin-Simmons in the regular-season finale for both program’s. Tip-off is 6 p.m. in Abilene.