BELTON, Texas -- No. 10 Mary Hardin-Baylor dominated the second half and cruised to an 83-62 victory against Howard Payne Thursday night. The Cru improved to 17-1 overall and 13-1 in American Southwest Conference play with the victory. The loss drops Howard Payne to 8-10 overall and 6-8 in the ASC on the season.

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No. 10 Mary Hardin-Baylor 83, Howard Payne 62
No. 18 Eastern Connecticut 73, TCNJ 56
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Howard Payne grabbed an early lead before back-to-back three pointers from Marlon Miller gave the Cru a 16-11 edge with 14:05 left in the first half. UMHB pushed the lead to as many as eight before the Yellow Jackets clawed back to take a 32-31 halftime lead. UMHB opened the second half with a 13-0 run to build an early double-digit lead, but Howard Payne once again answered.

The Yellow Jackets closed to within 50-48 with 11:57 to play in the game, but the Cru responded with a 12-4 run to take the lead back to double figures and UMHB stretched it out from there. UMHB had struggled early in its last two games and mounted furious second-half rallied in contest at Hardin-Simmons and McMurry last week.

Marlon Miller topped the Cru with 20 points. James Allen added 13 and Kitrick Bell scored 12 for UMHB. Greg Wiernas posted a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds. The Cru shot 58 percent from the field in the second half and finished at 45 percent for the game. UMHB was just 3-17 from 3-point range, but out rebounded the Yellow Jackets 52-37.

Brandon Irwin led all scorers with 23 points for Howard Payne and he had 13 of those in the first half. Joshua Dada added 13 points and Ja'Kalan Gayden pulled down 12 rebounds. HPU shot 38 percent from the field and went 4-9 from 3-point range.