TYLER, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' men's basketball team won its third straight game with an 80-69 win over UT-Tyler on Friday night at the Herrington Patriot Center in Tyler.
Hoeup scored 13 straight points for the Cowboys and 21 of 23 in a stretch that helped the Cowboys push out to a 32-22 with 6:29 to play in the half. HSU took a 40-34 lead into halftime.
The Cowboys came out hot in the second half, Keenan Holdman had a pair of lay-ups and Hoeup hit a 3-pointer to push the lead to 47-36 with 18:45 to play.
UT-Tyler then started to chip away and eventually tied the game with 11:09 to play on an Xavier Fogle basket. The Patriots briefly took a 57-55 lead on a Darius Alford lay-up. Hoeup then hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Cowboys a 61-57 lead.
Coming out of the under eight-minute media timeout, the Cowboys led 61-60 but scored seven straight points in less than a minute. Jalen Terry hit a 3-pointer and Holdman had back-to-back lay-ups in transition to push the lead back to 68-60. HSU was able to hold off the Patriots the rest of the way.
This was the final game between the two teams as the Patriots are leaving the American Southwest Conference to go to Division II after this season. The games against the Patriots this season do not count in the league standings.
Hoeup finished with a career-best 33 points and also hit a career-best nine 3-pointers. He had been battling an ankle injury and had only scored 12 points in the previous five games. It was his second 30-point game of the season. He came out with 3:54 to play when he was inadvertently stepped on in the face while on the ground.
HSU has won three straight games and is now 6-3 on the year. The Cowboys will be off until Dec. 20 when they play at Schreiner. UT-Tyler fell to 3-4 on the year.
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