BELTON- Nathan Stolz sits in a suite above the Mayborn Campus Center, midway through the first day of the spring semester. The rhythmic sound of bouncing basketballs echoes off the gym floor below. In three days, the arena will be full for a 92-77 win over ASC rival Hardin-Simmons.
RICHARDSON, Texas- At halftime, on the road, tied a team atop the ASC standings at 6-0 in conference play, the UMHB men’s basketball team reached a sort of crossroads. The second half performance would determine whether the Crusaders snapped UT-Dallas’ eight game winning streak and emerged with a major conference victory, or left Richardson with their third loss in ASC play.
RICHARDSON, Texas- With 3:20 left in Saturday’s ASC duel at UT-Dallas, the 24th-ranked UMHB women’s basketball team trailed by three, 49-46. For head coach Mark Morefield, it brought back an all-too-familiar feeling dating back to the Dec. 20 loss to Puget Sound.
ARLINGTON, Texas- For 32 minutes, the UMHB men’s basketball team stayed in stride with D-I UT-Arlington. A tough eight-minute stretch midway through the second half resulted in a 104-75 exhibition loss on Saturday night, but more importantly, the Cru displayed improvement from Thursday’s loss to Stephen F. Austin and held its own against D-I competition.
BELTON, Texas- Momentum can change ever so quickly in the game of basketball. That was no more evident than in the final minute of Saturday night’s women’s basketball season opener, a 73-72 victory for UMHB over Rhodes.