ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' men's basketball team fell into a deep hole early in the first half and could never come all the way back in a 75-70 loss to crosstown rival McMurry in American Southwest Conference action at the Mabee Complex on Saturday afternoon.
The War Hawks came out focused and hit 13 of their first 16 shots from the field and at the same time held the Cowboys to 5-for-20 shooting. It all led up to a 34-14 War Hawk lead with 5:55 to play in the first half. McMurry led by as many as 23 points at one point in the first half and led 43-24 at halftime.
In the second half, the Cowboys came out and started chipping away at the deficit and Keenan Holdman brought the Cowboys to within 48-43 with 12:32 to play. HSU cut the deficit to 52-49 before McMurry used 15-5 spurt to push the lead back to 67-54 with 4:18 to play.
HSU had another push in them as senior Joe Hoeup hit a 3-pointer and then got a steal and lay-up and HSU eventually tied the game at 69 with 1:13 to play.
Mike Williams had an emphatic dunk on the next play and Steven Quinn split a pair of free throws for HSU. Williams split a pair of free throws for McMurry with :31 to play and the Cowboys had the ball with a chance to take the lead but Hoeup's 3-pointer came up short and the War Hawks closed out the game with three free throws in the final :15 seconds.
The Cowboys shot 34.4 percent on the day, including 4-of-19 from 3-point range. McMurry was 27-for-52 for the day for 51.9 percent.
Williams led McMurry with 23 points and 11 rebounds and Dedrick Berry added 15 points and six assists.
Hoeup led the Cowboys with 21 points, Quinn added 17 and Holdman had 16 points off the bench.
The Cowboys are now 11-9 overall and 6-5 in ASC play. McMurry improved to 8-12 overall and 5-6 in ASC action. HSU will host conference leader Concordia on Thursday and host Mary Hardin-Baylor for Senior Day next Saturday.
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