GEORGETOWN, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' men's basketball team dropped its season opener, falling 83-77 to Southwestern on Thursday night in Georgetown.
The game was a foul-fest that saw the teams combine for 70 fouls and 84 free throw attempts in the contest. HSU had four players foul out in the game.
Southwestern took an early 23-15 lead in the first half, but the Cowboys scored eight straight points to tie the game and the game remained close throughout the first half with the Pirates taking a 41-38 lead at halftime.
HSU was cold coming out in the second half and had only three field goals in the first 12 minutes of the second half. Southwestern pushed the lead out to 69-55 with 4:13 to play.
The Cowboys responded with a 10-0 run over the next 2:13 to cut the deficit to 69-65 with 2:00 to play on a Joe Hoeup layup. The Cowboys could never get it any closer and fell to 0-1 on the year.
Hoeup, who was in foul trouble most of the game and played just 15 minutes, scored 27 points to pace the Cowboys. Caleb Spoon and freshman Salomon Smith each had 11 points and Smith added nine rebounds, before fouling out with 6:49 to play.
The Cowboys forced 29 turnovers in the game and held the Pirates to 37.5 percent shooting. HSU shot just 33.3 percent in the game.
Ryan Ogden led the Pirates with 29 points and 10 rebounds and Ryan Wheeler had 21 points off the bench.
HSU is off until the Friday after Thanksgiving when they play at Texas Lutheran.
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