John Kean, Sports Information Director
LIBERTY – A back-and-forth affair between the two highest scoring teams in the Great Lakes Valley Conference went in favor of William Jewell Saturday afternoon, as the Cardinals outlasted Missouri S&T’s men’s basketball team by a count of 108-93 at the Mabee Center.
The Miners (2-9, 0-3 GLVC) shot 50 percent from the field and hit 10 three-point baskets in the contest, but the Cardinals (8-8, 2-2 GLVC) were even better as they made 55.6 percent of their shots with 10 threes as well in a game they led from start to finish.
Jewell hit two of those three-pointers early in the game to take a six-point lead in the first three minutes of play, but the Miners hung in the contest and had the lead down to two at 25-23 when Yahmir Muhammad hit a three-point basket at the 8:37 mark. After a brief run by the Cardinals, S&T cut the margin to five on a Mitch Fairless basket with 6:38 to play in the half before Jewell outscored S&T 19-8 over the next five minutes to take its largest lead of the half.
S&T trailed by 13 at halftime, then fell into a 17-point hole early in the second half before making a spirited run to get back within striking distance.
The Cardinals had a 14-point lead following a lay-in by Nick Bradley with 14:50 remaining, but S&T began chipping away at the margin and got it under double figures when Jalen Myers hit three free throws with 13:32 to play. A jumper by CJ Hedgepeth on S&T’s next trip down the floor cut the Jewell lead to seven, then a three by Hedgepeth moments later made it a four-point game.
After the teams swapped baskets, Hedgepeth – who matched his career high with 23 points – drew the Miners to within two with a jumper, but that would end up being as close as the Miners would get as the Cardinals answered with a 10-0 run to extend their lead back to 12.
S&T had five others in double figures besides Hedgepeth, as Myers tallied 16 points and Dulan Scott and Juwan Miller finished with 12 each. The other two in double figures with 10 apiece were Muhammad and Romain Louiserre.
Keith Hayes, who leads the GLVC in scoring with an average of nearly 22 points per contest, had a game-high 33 points for the Cardinals. Byron Harp added 21 as Jewell had five players finish in double figures and scored 27 points in the game off of S&T’s 19 turnovers.
The Miners return to Gibson Arena Thursday to face Lewis in a 7:30 p.m. contest.