Hardin-Simmons’ men’s basketball team rolled to a 78-53 win over Linfield in the Classic in Las Vegas on Saturday evening.

George Nelson had his best game of the season with 20 points and 15 rebounds and added three blocks. Titus Mims had 15 points and John Derr had 14 points. 

The Cowboys never trailed in the game and had a 23-11 lead with 8:04 to play in the first half. The Wildcats then made their best run of the game as they narrowed the deficit to 25-23 with 4:51 to play in the half.

HSU then exploded on a 13-4 run to close the half with a 38-27 lead. The Cowboys took early command in the second half pushing the lead to 52-33 on back-to-back dunks by Nelson.

The Cowboys continued to build on the lead throughout the half. HSU forced Linfield into 23 turnovers in the game. HSU had a 27-11 advantage on points off turnovers.

HSU is now 8-2 on the year and Linfield fell to 2-8 overall. HSU will play Wisconsin-LaCrosse on Sunday at 4 p.m. to close out the event.

Information for this story provided by HSU Sports Information.