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ASC Men's Basketball Championship Semifinals: UT-Dallas and Mississippi in Title Matchup
February 26, 2005

Courtesy Mississippi College Sport Information Office

ASC Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament
Hosted by Mississippi College (Clinton, Miss./A.E. Wood Coliseum)
Friday, February 25 (Quarterfinals)
Game 1: Texas-Dallas 73, McMurry 69
Game 2: Sul Ross State 89, East Texas Baptist 77
Game 3: Mississippi College 60, Mary Hardin-Baylor 45
Game 4: Hardin-Simmons 80, Ozarks 76
Saturday, February 26 (Semifinals)
Game 5: Texas-Dallas 75, Sul Ross 64
Game 6: Mississippi College 62, Hardin-Simmons 45
Sunday, February 27 (Championship)
Game 7: Texas-Dallas vs. Mississippi College, 2:00

Texas-Dallas 75, Sul Ross 64

Mississippi College 62, Hardin-Simmons 45

Texas-Dallas 75, Sul Ross 64 Box Score

CLINTON, MS – The University of Texas-Dallas entered the 2005 American Southwest Conference Championship Tournament as the low seed but pulled off their second straight upset to reach their first ever ASC Championship game with a 75-64 win over Sul Ross State University.

Texas-Dallas, the East Division #4 seed, outscored the Lobos 16-5 in the final six minutes of the first half to build a 35-24 lead.

Sul Ross pulled within seven points at 51-44 with nine minutes remaining but would get no closer.

UTD used a balanced scoring attack with five different players reaching double digit points. Martin Salinas was the high scorer with 16 points and seven rebounds. Jason Malone and Kersh Milson each registered 14 points. Travis Caruthers and Eric Chatham each finished with ten.

Sul Ross was led by Sidney Hooper's 17 points and five assists. Larry Reese finished with 15 points and Rich Herrera ten.

UTD outrebounded the Lobos 39-32 and held Sul Ross to a 39 percent shooting performance.

UTD will face the winner of the Mississippi College tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.

Mississippi College 62, Hardin-Simmons 45 Box Score

CLINTON, MS -- Mississippi College (23-3) shut down Hardin-Simmons (19-8) beating the Cowboys 62-45 to advance to the American Southwest Conference Championship Game to face the University of Texas-Dallas tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. in A. E. Wood Coliseum

The Choctaws will make their seventh straight appearance in the title game having reached the finals every season since the tournament started winning three times.

MC missed their first six shots of the game and only shot 40 percent for the game, but used a stifling defense to allow an opponent just 45 points for the second straight game. HSU finished 13-47 from the field for a 27 percent shooting percentage.

MC led 27-21 heading into halftime but led 33-30 with 16:23 remaining in the game. A 15-5 run keyed by two Lonnie Vasguez three pointers gave MC a 48-35 lead. HSU would get no closer than eleven the rest of the way.

No player scored in double figures for the Choctaws but ten different players scored. Vasguez was the high scorer finishing with nine points. Jimmy Johns and Jason Walker each scored eight and combined for eight assists.

HSU was led by Calvin Nite's 19 points and five rebounds. Tann Kudrna scored seven and grabbed eight rebounds.

HSU outrebounded MC 42-34 and were 18-26 from the foul line compared to MC's 9-13. But the Cowboys were just 1-10 from the three point line.

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