BELTON, Texas – Sophomore Matthew Kirmse hit six 3-pointers on his way to 22 points but the MSOE men's basketball team suffered an 81-79 loss to Mary Hardin-Baylor Friday afternoon at Mayborn Campus Center.
The Raiders (6-5) led by as many as 12 in the first half but the Cru (9-4) shot 64 percent in the second half to take the lead.
Kirmse added 13 rebounds for a double-double. Senor Tegan Miles went 5-for-5 from the field on his way to 16 points and nine rebounds. Junior Jason Palesse chipped in 13 points, including MSOE's final six points of regulation, with seven assists.
UMBH put four players in double-figures, led by Lakendric Hyson's 16 points. Demarius Cress and Brian Long had 15 points each and Sam Moore scored 14.
For almost 34 minutes to open the game, including by as many as 12 at the 7:42 mark of the first half and with 15:07 remaining in regulation. With the score 51-39, the Cru responded with a 13-2 run to get back in the game.
The game was tied for the first time at 56-56 with 8:52 remaining and UMBH took the lead at the 6:01 mark. The home team led 78-73 with 1:05 to go before Palesse looked to get the Raiders back in the game.
Palesse had a steal and quick jumper with 45 seconds to go. He then answered a single made throw with another basket on two occasions, lastly making it 80-79 with nine seconds on the clock. The Cru went 1-for-2 at the free throw line and freshman Sammy Linn grabbed the rebound to set up a game-winning attempt.
After a pass was tipped out of bounds with under three seconds remaining, the red & White had once last chance in the game, but Kirmse's off-balance three-pointer went wide.
The teams were evenly-matched, with MSOE shooting 46.2 percent in the game against the Cru's 46.7 percent and each team making 33.3 percent from three-point range. The Red & White made a season-best 10 three-pointers for the second-straight game but gave up a 19-9 advantage in made free throws.
The Raiders return to the court Wednesday at Aurora.