HPU men stun Division II Eastern New Mexico at buzzer, 66-65; HPU women roll past Schreiner, 81-74

SAN ANGELO — Isaiah Herrera’s jumper in the closing seconds allowed the Howard Payne Yellow Jackets to shock Division II Eastern New Mexico, 66-65, Saturday night in their first game at the Angelo State Ed Messbarger Classic.

The Yellow Jackets (1-0) — in their first regular season game, having fallen to Division I Lamar, 90-47, in exhibition action on Nov. 11 — trailed 51-34 at one point in the second half, but used a 30-11 run to seize a 64-62 edge with 1:36 remaining.

ENMU (1-3) was able to surge to back in front, but Herrera — who scored a team-high 20 points —delivered the dagger to give HPU its first win in a season opener since the 2010-11 campaign.

Khyce Randall chipped in 15 points for HPU followed by Shadd Cole with 11, Da’Marcus Hurd with seven, Rickey Guillory with six, J Bailey with five and Talen Davis-Renfro with two points.

Howard Payne shot 39 percent (18 of 46) from the floor, 42 percent (8 of 19) from the three-point arc and 76 percent (22 of 29) at the free throw line. The Yellow Jackets were able to notch the victory despite being outrebounded 45-36 and committing 28 turnovers.

Eastern New Mexico — which drained 38 percent (25 of 66) of its shots, 17 percent (3 of 18) of its treys and just 48 percent (12 of 25) of its free throws — was led by the 20 points of Marquise Harris, the lone Greyhound in double figures.

The Yellow Jackets are back in action at 4 p.m. today against tournament host Angelo State.

Lady Jackets 81, Schreiner 74

KERRVILLE — The Howard Payne Lady Jackets notched their first victory of the season in their third outing Saturday afternoon, knocking off Schreiner, 81-74.

The Lady Jackets (1-2) were coming off losses of 87-52 to Division I Abilene Christian on Tuesday and 74-71 to Texas Lutheran on Thursday.

Howard Payne led 14-13 after one quarter, 37-28 at halftime and 57-44 through three periods.

Micah Cisneroz sparked the Lady Jackets with 29 points followed by 14 from Valarie Matlock, eight from Anastasia Willis, six each from Presley McKethan, Arriyanna Forch and Sabrina Ochoa, five from Jada Evans, four from Dominique Feathersone and two points from Djimonii Jackson.

The Lady Jackets converted 45 percent (30 of 67) of their field goals, 25 percent (5 of 20) of their three-pointers and 57 percent (16 of 28) of their free throws, while owning a 41-39 edge in rebounds. Howard Payne also forced 27 turnovers while giving the ball away 17 times.

Schreiner — which sank 44 percent (25 of 57) of its field goals, 57 percent (8 of 14) of its three-pointers and 70 percent (16 of 23) of its free throws — received 21 points from Sabriyyah Fennell, 17 points from Codi Simmons and 11 points from Alina Hillard.

Howard Payne visits American Southwest Conference rival UT-Tyler in a non-conference game at 1 p.m. Wednesday.