The McMurry men's basketball team suffered its second straight defeat, this time at the hands of Heartland Conference foe, the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, by a score of 66-61 on Saturday evening.
McMurry had just three leads during the first half, including a 4-2 lead on a jumper by Kenny Williams. With the War Hawks up 4-2, the Lions went on an 11-3 run, capped off by a layup from Jake Toupal to give UAFS the 13-7 lead, their largest of the half.
Down 18-12 with 7:29 to play, McMurry outscored the Lions 8-2 over a two-minute stretch to tie the game at 20-20 on a jumper by Takoby Jackson. UAFS would outscore McM 9-5 the rest of the half and the War Hawks would go into the intermission down 29-25.
In the second half, the War Hawks came out strong, scoring the first 10 points of the half to go up by five, 35-30. However, the Lions would re-take the lead on a three-pointer by Toupal, and Arkansas-Fort Smith would not trail the rest of the game.
With five seconds remaining in the contest, McM found itself trailing by just three with possession of the ball. Jackson had a chance to hit a three but found his shot to be off the mark. Fort Smith would then add two free throws at the end of the game to seal the War Hawks defeat, 66-61.
Williams was the only McMurry player in double figures on the day. He finished the contest with a season-high 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting.
McMurry will be back in action on Saturday, December 8 when they host the University of the Incarnate Word. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Information provided by McMurry athletics department.