TLU men split games on Abilene road trip
(Abilene) - The Texas Lutheran men's basketball team produced mixed results in a pair of tightly contested road games last weekend, falling to McMurry 59-56 on Friday before edging Hardin Simmons 79-76 on a buzzer-beating three by Nathan Josephs on Saturday.
The Bulldogs nearly erased a 23-point lead by McMurry in the second half of Friday's game but could not overcome the deficit after trimming it to a single point.
At McMurry's Kimbrell Arena, the Bulldogs trailed by 21 with 7:49 remaining in the game before mounting the rally. TLU went on an 18-0 run over the next seven minutes to pull within three points, at 56-53, with 1:38 to play. Alex Cage had seven of the Bulldogs' 18 points in that spurt.
McMurry's Aaron Gettys made a free throw with 22 seconds to play to push the War Hawks' lead up to four. Gettys' free throw snapped McMurry's scoring drought of 7:27.
Jacob Kouremetis hit a three-pointer for TLU to bring the Bulldogs within one, 57-56, with 11 seconds to play. McMurry's LaRandall Scroggins got loose for a dunk with a second to play, giving the War Hawks a three-point edge.
Nathan Joseph's last-second three-pointer for TLU did not fall.
McMurry led 39-18 at the half. TLU out-scored the War Hawks 38-20 in the second half.
Cage and Matthew Gillette each scored 12 for TLU. Gillette pulled down eight rebounds. Cage had two assists, three rebounds and four steals.
Jackson Willoughby chipped in 11 points and three rebounds for the Bulldogs.
Scroggins led McMurry with 13 points. The War Hawks shot 47.8 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from the three-point line for the game.
TLU finished at 39.3 percent shooting for the game. The Bulldogs were 4-for-19 (21.1 percent) from the three-point line.
At HSU's Mabee Complex on Saturday, Josephs' late three-point heave gave TLU the win after the Cowboys had knotted the game at 76 with five seconds to play with an offensive rebound and a put-back layup.
The Bulldogs swept the season non-conference series with HSU and improved to 3-4 overall. The Cowboys dropped to 3-6 overall.
Joseph's three-pointer was his only three of the game. He finished with a game-high 21 points. He added five rebounds and three assists.
Sebastian Andrade came off the Bulldog bench to chip in 16 points and six rebounds.
Gillette pulled down 12 rebounds and scored six. Cage scored 11 and had six rebounds, and Cameron DeHart registered seven points and seven rebounds.
TLU out-rebounded HSU 41-24. The Bulldogs shot 61.9 percent and hit four out of eight three-pointers in the second half.
The Bulldogs' next game is tonight at home against Howard Payne. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. The contest is part of the four-game Bulldog Classic that TLU will host on Dec. 19 and 20. The Classic involves TLU, Howard Payne, Sul Ross State, and Schreiner.
TLU women fall to McMurry, squeak past Hardin Simmons
(Abilene) - After a 58-42 loss to McMurry on Friday, the Texas Lutheran women's basketball team salvaged a 1-1 Abilene road trip with a 56-55 win over Hardin Simmons on Saturday.
McMurry opened up a 20-point, third-quarter lead over Texas Lutheran Friday night in Kimbrell Arena.
The Bulldogs received eight points from Cami Davis. The junior transfer added four rebounds and three steals.
Katie Pesek, Tara Molina, Jordan Estrada and Dominique Campos each contributed six points. Pesek pulled down five rebounds.
Presley Stephens led the Bulldogs in rebounds with six. She also blocked three shots and posted one steal.
TLU could not connect from the three-point line, going 1-for-16 in the contest. McMurry shot 35.7 percent - 10-for-28 - from the arc.
TLU out-rebounded McMurry by seven, 40-33. The Bulldogs grabbed 31 defensive rebounds.
Texas Lutheran Bulldogs edged the Hardin-Simmons women's basketball squad by five points in the second half to secure Saturday's win at HSU's Mabee Complex.
The Bulldogs improved to 3-6 with the victory.
TLU held a 9-6 second chance points edge over HSU and to go along with a 24-to-22 points in the paint margin.
Madyson Garcia led the Bulldogs with 17 points. Cami Davis put up 15 points, nine assists, and five steals.
Of the Cowgirl's 42 total rebounds, 19 came on the offensive glass. HSU forward Karlea Ritchie pulled down eight rebounds
Danie Mabry scored 23 points and collected five rebounds and two assists for the Cowgirls.
HSU led 30-26 at the break but TLU out-scored the Cowgirls 16- 14 in the third and 20-17 in the fourth to snag the one-point victory.
TLU returns to action Dec. 29th at 2 p.m. with a non-conference road game in Kerrville, Texas against LeTourneau University.