The score was 75-72, and BYUH had to come from behind to pull out the home win. This makes four losses in a row for the 6-5 Bisons. Here are all the stats:
Matt Hall led the team with 27 points in one of his better games this year. He made just seven shots from the field but his 12 free throws were more than meaningful. The Bisons as a whole were not strong offensively, but they played good defense to keep it close. Statistically, the game was a virtual dead heat. The Bisons were stronger on the glass, while BYUH shot better from the field.
Jacob Thies had a very strong game defensively, with four steals and a block to disrupt the BYUH offense. Turnovers were a problem for both teams, though: Harding had 25, BYUH 22.
This was a difficult game overall, and there’s not really any blame to throw around for the loss. Every Bison who entered the game turned the ball over at least once, and only Patrick Andrepont really had a poor shooting game (3-for-9). I’m guessing by the defensive stats that both teams played very hard, so it will be tough to come back for another game tonight.
With this loss, the Bisons fell to 3-5 against Division-II opponents this season, which probably means that a South Region ranking is too much to hope for in the near future. It will be especially important for the team to perform well in conference play with this kind of non-conference record. As an aside, I still think they can finish second in the division if they play hard against the physical teams like Henderson State and Delta State. HSU looks good, but not great, and DSU has struggled at times. UAM has also been inconsistent, so it’s Christian Brothers’ division to lose at this point. Harding will be in the thick of it all season, especially if they can compete physically like they did last night in Hawaii.