Men’s Basketball Gameday Preview: No. 21 UMHB hosts McMurry

Above photo by Luke Zayas/True To The Cru

Saturday’s Game

3 p.m., Mayborn Campus Center, Belton, Texas

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McMurry (7-9, 5-6 ASC)

McMurry Projected Starting Five

# Pos Name Ht. Class Pts Reb
11 G Remy Minor 5'8 Sr. 15.2 3.8
3 G CJ LeBlanc 6'1 So. 15.3 2.4
21 G Matt Pena 6'0 So. 6.6 2.2
33 F Michael Imariagbe 6'6 So. 15.2 10.2
13 F Elias Garcia 6'5 Jr. 7/4 4.6

About the Warhawks: Remy Minor headlines this McMurry team, as the guard comes off a career night in which he scored 38 points in 42 minutes in a 114-111 overtime win at Concordia. He was 26-of-28 from the free throw line, setting a new ASC single-game record, and stopping Minor will likely be priority No. 1 for the UMHB defense. 

But the Warhawks are not solely reliant on Minor. Guard CJ LeBlanc and forward Michael Imariagbe have proven to be quality scorers and each has started 16 games this season. McMurry ranks No. 4 in the ASC in scoring offense, at 84.6 points per game, but also allows the most points per contest in the conference, 87.7. 

In fact, the Warhawks have scored 112-plus points twice within the last two weeks, and have won three of their last four, the only loss coming in a 78-76 nailbiter against ETBU a week ago.

No. 21 UMHB (14-2, 9-2 ASC)

UMHB Projected Starting Five

# Pos. Name Ht. Class Pts Reb
4 G Josiah Johnson 6'1 Jr. 25.9 6.2
30 G Kyle Wright 5'10 Jr. 6.3 2.4
10 G Carson Hammond 6'2 Sr. 7.7 3.4
1 F Ty Prince 6'5 Sr. 16.6 6.8
25 F Luke Feely 6'4 So. 11.2 6.5

About the Cru: UMHB showed its late-game defensive ability on Thursday night, taking down rival Hardin-Simmons 82-76 in a victory that gave the Cru tremendous momentum. HSU was held to two points over the final two minutes, as UMHB pulled away for the win. The defense has been improving from game-to-game, and on the boards, Clif Carroll’s team ranks third in the ASC in rebounding margin (+3.8), a sign of the team’s aggressiveness on both ends of the floor. 

Guard Josiah Johnson is 27 points away from breaking the career 1,000-point mark, and he leads the team with 25.8 points per game. 

Also notable is that head coach Clif Carroll was McMurry’s head coach for two seasons, prior to taking the head job at Sul Ross State in 2015. He is in his second year at UMHB.

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