ALEXANDRIA, La. – In the first four games of the season, Hardin-Simmons' men's basketball team was in a fight for every game with four minutes to play only to see the opponent surge late for a win. On Saturday, it was the Cowboys turn to surge for the win as the Cowboys beat Louisiana College 71-66 at Rapides Coliseum in Alexandria, La.
LC jumped out to a quick 11-2 run in the first 3:07 of the game, but HSU answered with eight straight points and the rest of the first half was a tight affair with neither team leading by more than four points the rest of the half and the Cowboys had a 33-30 lead.
The Wildcats had a quick start to the second half as the Cowboys came out cold and eventually pushed its lead to 48-41 with 9:02 to play. HSU answered with a 9-0 run, with six points in the run by Chris Barrett to take a 50-48 lead.
The game was tied at 52 with 3:40 to play when the Cowboys went on 9-2 run. Joe Hoeup had four points and Barrett an old-fashion 3-point play and Keenan Holdman had a floater in the paint. HSU held off down the stretch for the first win under new head coach Matt Brackett.
The undersized and outmanned Cowboys had a solid night on the boards. HSU lost the board battle 41-40, but had 19 offensive rebounds. HSU also forced 16 turnovers and had a 20-10 advantage in points off turnovers.
Hoeup led the Cowboys with 18 points and eight rebounds. Caleb Spoon added 17 points and Barrett had 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Devon Washington led LC with 20 points and Lashard Powell chipped in 16.
HSU improved to 1-4 on the year and 1-1 in league play. LC is now 0-4 on the year and 0-2 in conference play. The Cowboys will play at Trinity on Tuesday and then will have the home opener on Thursday against UT Tyler.
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