LONGVIEW, Texas -- Mary Hardin-Baylor gave up the first two points of the game, but the Crusaders exploded for 24 of the next 28 and never looked back on the way to a 68-59 victory against LeTourneau Thursday night. The 15th-ranked UMHB improve to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in American Southwest Conference play with the victory. 

LeTourneau grabbed a quick 2-0 lead before UMHB took over. The Crusaders scored the game's next 12 points and used a 24-4 run to open up a 24-6 lead midway through the first half. The Yellow Jackets would not go away, pulling back to within nine points at 30-21 at halftime. LeTourneau cut the lead to four points early in the second half before UMHB was able to push it back to as many as 17 points. A Luke Taylor Jr. three-pointer pulled the Yellow Jackets to within eight points with 2:37 left to play, but lay-ups from James Allen and Marlon Miller and a Brian Todd free-throw helped the Cru open up a 13-point edge and the Yellow Jackets would not get closer than the final margin the rest of the way.

Miller finished with 18 points to lead UMHB and Todd joined him in double figures with 11. Greg Wiernas pulled down a team-best eight rebounds.

Kendrae Carter topped LeTourneau with 19 points. Taylor finished with 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

UMHB shot 37 percent from the field and turned the ball over just ten times. LeTourneau shot 35 percent and committed 20 turnovers. The Yellow Jackets did win the rebounding battle, pulling down 46 boards, compared to 41 for UMHB.