Cowboys Return To ASC Tournament

Cowboys Return To ASC Tournament

 

ABILENE, Texas –Hardin-Simmons' men's basketball team is headed back to the American Southwest Conference Tournament and looking for its third ASC title in the last four years. 

The Cowboys are back in the tournament after a one-year absence. HSU finished tied for second and one game out of first place in the hotly-contested ASC West race. HSU lost the tiebreaker with Concordia and will be the No. 3 seed out of the ASC West in the tournament.

HSU will open the tournament against LeTourneau on Thursday at noon at the University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson. The Cowboys won the only meeting between the two teams on January 3 in Longview. HSU overcame a seven-point defict in the final :50 for the win. Steven Quinn had 30 points and Joe Hoeup hit go-ahead 3-pointer with :10 to play.

After a 9-16 season a year ago, the Cowboys improved to 15-10 this season. HSU has won three straight games and six of their last eight. This will be head coach Matt Brackett's first trip to the ASC Tournament as a head coach. He played in two ASC tournaments as a player at HSU.

The Cowboys have six players that have started 12 or more games this season and all are averaging 8.5 points per game or more. Senior Joe Hoeup leads the way with 16.4 per contest. Steven Quinn is averaging 12.1 points, Jalen Terry averages 11.5 per game and Keenan Holdman averages 10.7. Junior point guard Chris Barrett averages 9.4 points and has 116 assists on the year.

Single-day tickets can be purchased at the competition site. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Children under 2 will be admitted free of charge. UTD will only accept cash.

All fans attending the tournament should take care where they park this weekend. All spectators are requested to park in LOT J, located adjacent to the UTD Activity Center. Please note: no fan parking is allowed in PURPLE spaces. Park only in GOLD or ORANGES spaces for the entirety of the tournament. If no parking is available in LOT J, there is additional parking available in LOT U (south of the Tennis Facility) or metered spaces available in the Parking Garage west of the Activity Center.

All games will be broadcast at https://utdcomets.com/watch/.

Quickly

HSU comes into the tournament as the No. 3 seed out of the ASC West with a record of 15-10. HSU improved six games over last season. The Cowboys have three seniors on the team and the rest of the team will be back next season.  

HSU In the ASC Tournament

The Cowboys are in the ASC Tournament for the 11th time in school history. HSU has the all-time best winning percentage of any team in the conference with a record of 17-8. The Cowboys first ASC appearance came in 2005 when current head coach Matt Brackett was a player. The Cowboys have won at least one game in all of its 10 previous appearances. The Cowboys won the ASC title in 2006 and 2017 and lost in the championship in 2007, 2012 and 2014.

Head Coach Matt Brackett

HSU is under second-year head coach Matt Brackett, who has returned to his alma mater as the head coach. He has a career record of 24-26 in his first two seasons. He led the Cowboys to a pair of ASC Tournaments as a player including the 2007 ASC Championship game.

Against The Field

The Cowboys went 4-6 against the other seven teams in the tournament this season. HSU won at LeTourneau and ETBU and lost on a last-second shot to UT Dallas and at home to Louisiana College. HSU lost both games against Mary Hardin-Baylor and split with Concordia and McMurry.

Previous Meeting With LeTourneau

HSU rallied for a 92-89 win over LeTourneau in Longview early in the season. The Cowboys overcame a seven-point deficit with :50 to play. Steven Quinn dropped 30 points in the game. HSU and LeTourneau met for the ASC title two years ago with the Cowboys winning on the Yellow Jackets home court.

Lil Joe

Joe Hoeup has come up big for the Cowboys this season. After being slowed early in the year with an ankle injury he has poured it on in ASC West play and has proven to be one of the top players in the league. He leads the team with 16.4 points per game and has hit eight or more 3-pointers in a game three times this season. He has three games this season over 30 points and another with 29. He is 25 points shy of 1,000 for his career.

Welcome Addition

Senior transfer Jalen Terry has been a welcomed addition for the Cowboys this season. He brings size and athleticism and can carry the team at times offensively. He has started and come off the bench and can score inside and out. He averages 11.5 points per game.  

Steven Quinn

Quinn has been solid for the Cowboys this season and at times indefensible. He scored 30 against LeTourneau and had 29 against Howard Payne. He has scored in double figures 14 times this season. He is a leading candidate for ASC Freshman of the Year.   

Running The Team

Junior point guard Chris Barrett has done a great job of running the Cowboys this season from the point guard spot. He leads the conference with 116 assists on the year and has just 46 turnovers. He scored when he needs to averaging 9.4 points per game.  

A Little Of Everything

Keenan Holdman does a little bit of everything for the Cowboys. He is the best perimeter defender and usually guards the opponents best perimeter player. He also gets to the foul line and to the basket a lot and is shooting 51.3 percent from the field. He brings a toughness to the Cowboys in the tight situations.

Freshmen Post

HSU has used a pair of freshmen in the post this season in Neal Chambliss and Trey Woolridge. Chambliss averages 8.5 points and a team-best 5.7 rebounds per game and Woolridge has a nice shooting touch and alters a ton of shots with his 6-9 frame.

Depth For Days

The Cowboys have plenty of depth on their roster. Senior Ryan Chaney can do all of the little things and is a calming leader for the team, Kadon Lewis usually spells Barrett for several minutes each half and Chris Henderson and Justin Lovvorn have been called on to make perimeter shots with their shooting ability. The Cowboys bench players have all taken to their roles on the team which has helped with team chemistry.  

 

HSU Vs.

2018-19

All-Time

ASC Tournament

UT-Dallas

0-1

17-12

2-1

LeTourneau

1-0

25-6

2-0

Louisiana College

0-1

16-8

3-0

East Texas Baptist

1-0

21-5

2-0

Mary Hardin-Baylor

0-2

16-39

2-1

Concordia

1-1

19-25

0-1

McMurry

1-1

46-42

0-2

 

4-6

160-132

11-6

 

ASC Tournament Schedule

QUARTERFINALS:  Thursday, February 21

Game 1: #2E LeTourneau (17-8) vs. #3W Hardin-Simmons (15-10), Noon

Game 2: #1W Mary Hardin-Baylor (20-5) vs. #4E East Texas Baptist (12-13), 2:30 p.m.

Game 3: #2W Concordia Texas (12-13) vs. #3E Louisiana College (19-6), 5 p.m.

Game 4: #1E UT Dallas (21-4) vs. #4W McMurry (10-15), 7:30 p.m.

SEMIFINALS: Friday, February 22

Game 5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 5 p.m.

Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7:30 p.m.

CHAMPIONSHIP: Saturday, February 23

Game 7: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 6 p.m.

 

Tournament Website - https://utdcomets.com/sports/2019/2/18/2019-asc-mens-basketball-tournament.aspx

 

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