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Austin-Area Products Help Lead UMHB to NCAA Title Game

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT

Not a single team from Texas made this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament. The Division I men's basketball tournament.

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, in Belton, not only made the big dance - but Sunday, the Crusaders are playing for the Division III national title.

"What college basketball coach, or college football coach for that matter, doesn't think about winning a national championship," questioned UHMB head men's basketball coach Ken DeWeese. "If there are any, they need to find a good insurance job."

Unlike a good neighbor, the championships have not been there for DeWeese. But after more than 40 years coaching basketball, the Crusaders' bench boss has reached his first national title game.

"We're going to enjoy where we are," said DeWeese.

A pair of Austin-area products have helped the Cru get to the championship. Roommates Brian Todd and Thomas Orr might share a living space, but their paths to UMHB could not be more opposite.

"He's here and that's all that matters now," said Todd.

Todd, a senior wing who averages more than ten points a game, enrolled at UMHB out of Pflugerville High. He's played in 116 games in four years. Orr, also a senior, who's played with or against Brian since middle school, chose to go the junior college route out of Hutto.

"I could see how they could probably have a negative impression from how I acted and the way I handled situations poorly," admitted Orr.

After one year stints at Panola and State Fair colleges, Orr was again being recruited by coach DeWeese, a man he turned down twice before.

"We recruited him out of high school," recalled DeWeese. "I wanted Thomas in my program because I knew what he could do. I just knew he wasn't doing it."

"Sacrifices had to be made," said Orr. "My ego: I just threw it out the window."

The third time was the charm as Orr was bound for Belton. Two seasons later, he's now the UMHB's leading scorer. He's helped the team immensely, but he's helped himself even more.

"I have a tremendous amount of respect for Thomas Orr and the way he's handled himself in a very adverse situation," said DeWeese.

"When I got here coach DeWeese really taught me how to handle adversity," said Orr. "He really helped me mature as a basketball player and as a man."

Orr could either grow up or give up his dream of playing big-time basketball. Thanks to a third chance at UMHB, the Crusaders are enjoying a once in a lifetime shot at a national title.

"We're going to finish out together," said Todd. "His journey is complete now. He's been here for two years and we're at a national championship now. That's a good feeling and a good way to end it."

UMHB faces Amherst Sunday in the Division III national championship. The game will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network. Tip-off is set for 11:30am.

By Adam WinklerAustin-Area Products Help Lead UMHB to NCAA Title Game


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Scores & Schedules

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

Detroit 3 N-Y Yankees 2

Baltimore 5 Tampa Bay 4

Cleveland 3 Chi White Sox 2

Minnesota 11 Kansas City 5, 10 Innings

Houston 4 Texas 2

L.A. Angels 4 Oakland 3, 10 Innings

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Cincinnati 7 Chi Cubs 2

San Francisco 4 Colorado 1

Atlanta 6 N-Y Mets 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE Friday's Games

Minnesota (May 0-3) at Baltimore (Mi.Gonzalez 6-7), 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Capuano 1-3) at Toronto (Buehrle 11-8), 7:07 p.m.

Boston (Ranaudo 2-0) at Tampa Bay (Archer 8-6), 7:10 p.m.

Cleveland (Salazar 4-6) at Kansas City (J.Vargas 10-6), 8:10 p.m.

Detroit (Verlander 11-11) at Chicago White Sox (Carroll 5-8), 8:10 p.m.

Texas (Undecided) at Houston (Oberholtzer 4-9), 8:10 p.m.

Oakland (Lester 13-8) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 14-7), 10:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Friday's Games

Cincinnati (Leake 10-11) at Pittsburgh (Volquez 11-7), 7:05 p.m.

Philadelphia (D.Buchanan 6-7) at N.Y. Mets (deGrom 6-6), 7:10 p.m.

Miami (Koehler 9-9) at Atlanta (E.Santana 13-7), 7:35 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 5-1) at St. Louis (S.Miller 8-9), 8:15 p.m.

Colorado (Bergman 1-2) at Arizona (Collmenter 9-7), 9:40 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers (Haren 11-10) at San Diego (Cashner 2-6), 10:10 p.m.

Milwaukee (W.Peralta 15-8) at San Francisco (Vogelsong 7-9), 10:15 p.m.

INTERLEAGUE

Washington (Zimmermann 9-5) at Seattle (F.Hernandez 13-4), 10:10 p.m.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON

Atlanta 24 Jacksonville 14

Detroit 23 Buffalo 0

Cincinnati 35 Indianapolis 7

Green Bay 34 Kansas City 14

Philadelphia 37 N-Y Jets 7

Miami 14 St. Louis 13

Carolina 10 Pittsburgh 0

N-Y Giants 16 New England 13

Washington 24 Tampa Bay 10

Baltimore 22 New Orleans 13

Cleveland 33 Chicago 13

Denver 27 Dallas 3

Minnesota 19 Tennessee 3

San Francisco 40 Houston 13

San Diego 12 Arizona 9

Oakland 41 Seattle 31

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

(21) Texas A-and-M 52 ( 9) South Carolina 28

(18) Mississippi 35 Boise State 13

(19) Arizona State 45 Weber State 14

Friday's Game

No. 8 Michigan State vs. Jacksonville State, 7:30 p.m.

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