ABILENE, Texas – Kourtney Goff tallied a game-high 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field, but it wasn't enough as McMurry University couldn't keep up with St. Edward's University, and dropped an 82-72 decision in Heartland Conference action Saturday afternoon at Kimbrell Arena.
"Defensively we were terrible and didn't follow the game plan," McM head coach Clif Carroll said following the game. "At the end of the day it's a reflection on me and they weren't prepared to play. They (St. Edward's) played hard and executed well and were the better team tonight."
Neither team was able to pull away in the first half and the Hilltoppers (7-4, 3-0 HC) led 32-28 at the break.
SEU opened the second stanza on a 10-3 run and the War Hawks couldn't recover.
McM dominated the game in the paint, outscoring SEU 44-36. The War Hawks also scored 12 second-chance points, while holding the Hilltoppers to 2.
As a team McM shot 43 percent (26-of-61) from the field.
The Hilltoppers shot 50 percent (29-of-58) from the floor – including 59 percent (17-of-29) in the second half.
Alex Lewis (Converse, Texas/Temple College) added 12 points and Will Adams (Philadelphia, Pa./Baltimore City CC) dropped in 10.
Alfred Perez (Spring, Texas/Klein Collins HS), Brandon Golden (Austin, Texas/Coastal Bend College) and Thiago Randazzo (Brasilla, Brazil/Impact Academy) each scored six points.
James Stukes added 18 points for SEU.
The War Hawks (7-5, 2-1) return to the hardwood Thursday, Jan. 9 at Texas A&M International University