A tale of two games

The Cru never trailed Jan. 21 against Howard Payne University, but had to overcome a late push by the Yellow Jackets to secure the 88-76 victory.
The game was tied at 11 just over five minutes in before UMHB went on an 11-2 run to stretch its lead to nine points. The Cru continued to widen the gap in the first half and an emphatic dunk by senior Sidney Deloach made it 42-22 with 2:35 remaining in the half. The Cru held a 48-29 lead at the break.
“I thought we played well in the first half. I didn’t think we played great, but we just want them to play good, and that’s what we’ve been talking about,” UMHB coach Ken DeWeese said. “You don’t have to do anything spectacular, just play good.”
UMHB grabbed its largest lead with 14:15 remaining in the contest when a 3-pointer from junior Shon Lewis pushed it to a 21-point advantage at 59-38.
That’s when the tides started to change. HPU chipped away at the lead before a Bryan Adams three made it a 66-61 win with 5:14 remaining.
“They went into that zone to try and slow us down, and I guess we were just more passive than we were in the first half,” senior guard Layton Zinsmeister said.
Tensions ran high in the final minutes of the game. UMHB senior Russell Green was ejected after a flagrant foul with 3:27 left.
The Yellow Jackets cut the lead to three at 74-71 with under 2:30 to go.
With 1:43 remaining, HPU guard Rickey Guillory picked up a technical foul after scoring a bucket, and was ejected 25 seconds later after receiving a second technical.
“Those guys were doing a lot of talking. I told our guys, ‘Words don’t hurt you. Because if words did hurt you, as bad as I’ve talked to you the last three weeks, you’d all be dead. Let them do the talking and you just keep your mouth shut,” DeWeese said.
The Cru was able to knock down its free throws in the final minute to put the game on ice and seal the 88-76 win.
Zinsmeister said the team hadn’t been playing up to its full potential, but came out playing inspired basketball.
“We had a little fury in our eyes. Coach has been hard on us,” Zinmeister said. “He’s been motivating us to play harder and it definitely worked in the first half.”
The team returned to action Jan. 24 when they hosted the Sul Ross state Lobos.
Sul Ross had the lead for most of the first ten minutes, but went cold midway through the first half as the Cru went on a 19-0 run to mount a 36-21 lead with 1:34 left in the first half. The Cru would go into the half with a 14-point advantage at 39-25.
UMHB scored the first two baskets of the second half to extend its lead to 18 before the Lobos went on a run of their own.
Sul Ross scored 12 unanswered points and trimmed the defecit to 43-37.
The Lobos tied the game at 56 before a Jacob Caloss 3-pointer gave Sul Ross its first lead since the 6:31 mark of the first half.
The Cru tied the game at 61, but couldn’t contain the Sul Ross offense in the final five minutes as the Lobos lead by as many as 14 before closing out the 85-75 win.
The Cru fell to 6-11 on the season and currently sits fifth in the American Southwest Conference West divison at 3-5.
The team will travel to Abilene tomorrow to face Hardin-Simmons University.

Author: Cody Weems

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