Above photo by Luke Zayas/True To The Cru
6 p.m. CT, Longview, Texas (Solheim Arena)
No. 18 UMHB (16-2, 11-2 ASC)
UMHB Projected Starting Five
About the Cru: An exceptional second-half defensively was more than enough to slow UT-Dallas and earn UMHB a win Sunday afternoon. The Crusaders are looking to put together that same kind of performance on Monday afternoon in this high-stakes battle, against LETU’s consistent offense. UMHB averages 87.6 points per game, second in the conference, and held UTD’s offense to just nine points in the first 10 minutes of the second half yesterday. The last time around, it took overtime to decide the result, a game that UMHB won 91-86 in Belton. The Cru sits just a half-game ahead of LETU in the ASC standings.
LeTourneau (16-3, 11-3 ASC)
LeTourneau Projected Starting Five
About the Yellowjackets: With the exception of a loss two weeks ago at Belhaven, and consecutive defeats in December on a tough road trip to central Texas, LeTourneau has taken care of business in the ASC. Narrow wins over ETBU and Hardin-Simmons have kept the Yellowjackets in contention for the ASC regular season title, and at 38.8 percent from three-point range, LETU is the league’s most consistent team from beyond the arc. The duo of Andrew Eberhardt and Deonte Jackson is responsible for a vast portion of the team’s offensive success, both averaging over 19 points per game. The team, under first-year head coach James Wallace, plays with a main rotation of just eight players.
Did you know? The last time UMHB won in Longview was on Feb. 7, 2015. Exactly seven years to this date.