ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' men's basketball team dropped a 97-94 game to Concordia in American Southwest Conference action at the Mabee Complex on Saturday evening.
The Cowboys came out strong in the first half and Caleb Spoon hit five straight 3-pointers and scored 24 points in the first half as HSU pushed out to a 32-20 lead. Concordia battled back and cut into the deficit but HSU led 57-56 at half.
HSU pushed the lead out to 67-58 on a Joe Hoeup alley-oop dunk with 17:31 to play. The Cowboys led 90-84 with 3:33 to go before Joe Neal took over for the Tornados. Neal scored 11 points in the final 3:23 of the game.
Neal gave the Tornados a 93-92 lead with :38 to play and HSU retook the lead with a pair of Chris Barrett free throws. Neal added two more free throws and the Cowboys had the ball with a chance at the win but Spoon was called for a travel.
HSU fouled and Ephraim Price who hit a pair of free throws. Spoon then had a shot to tie the game and his shot through contact fell off the rim.
Neal had 26 points for the Tornados off the bench and Price added 14.
The Cowboys are 5-11 overall and 3-5 in conference play. Concordia improved to 12-4 on the season and 6-2 in league play. HSU will travel to Brownwood for a 7:30 p.m. game.
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