SCAC MBB: Centenary completes weekend sweep; ‘Roos earn split

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Centenary 70, Schreiner 67

The Centenary men’s basketball team finished off a weekend sweep of the Schreiner Mountaineers with a 70-67 road victory on Saturday in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference action at the Stephens Family Arena.

Sophomore forward Seth Thomas (Kilgore, Texas) was once again outstanding on Saturday as the SCAC’s leader in scoring posted another double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds in 27 minutes. His 13 rebounds are a new career-high, breaking his previous career mark of 12 set on Friday. He made 5 of 16 shots from the floor, went 6-6 from the free-throw line, and dished out two assists and had a steal. Thomas scored a career-high 24 points on Friday and now has four career double-doubles and reached double digits for the 12th time in his career. He has scored in double figures in all four of Centenary’s games this season, scoring at least 15 points in every game and grabbing at least 11 rebounds in all but one game.

The Gents remain on the road next weekend as they travel to Dallas to face the Crusaders on Jan. 29 (8 p.m.) and Jan. 30 (4 p.m.).

Austin College 77, Southwestern 65

The Austin College men’s basketball team bounced back from its first loss of the season last night with a 77-65 victory over visiting Southwestern, as the ‘Roos shot 54.9% from the field and dominated the glass with a 43-27 rebounding margin. The ‘Roos are now 3-1 overall on the year.

Michael Holland scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Austin College, hitting 6-of-10 attempts from the field and adding five steals as the ‘Roos led by as many as 14 points while holding Southwestern to 34.5% shooting as a team. Austin College scored the first four points of the game to take an early lead before Southwestern took their first and only advantage of the game at 13-10 with 13:01 left before the break. Joshua Joe knocked down a three and Jaylyn Cleamons scored inside to make it 15-13, and the ‘Roos would lead the rest of the way.

Jaylyn Cleamons finished with 14 points and seven rebounds to join Holland in double figures, and Joshua Joe came off the bench to score 13. Austin College turned the ball over 23 times but made nine more field goals than the Pirates to come away with the win.

Kyle Poerschke led Southwestern with 15 points and six rebounds, and Preston Hannah chipped in 12 points. Josh Jones and Calvin Williams each scored 10 points for the Pirates in the loss.

Trinity 65, Colorado College 56

The Tiger men’s basketball team finished off a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference weekend sweep with a 65-56 win over Colorado College on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers were led by a pair of players setting new career marks in the game. Enzo Sechi was the lone Trinity player to reach double figures in scoring, pouring in a career-high 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting. He also buried 4-for-6 from beyond the arc, setting new career-highs in field goals and in three-point field goals in a game.

Kaleb Jenkins grabbed double-digit rebounds for just the second time in his career – and the first as a Trinity Tiger. Jenkins pulled down a career-best 12 boards, adding three steals and nine points to his afternoon.

A.J. Clark finished with five assists for the third straight game to lead the team, while Tanner Brown and Jordan Lippman chipped in with eight points each off the bench.

Both teams shot under 40% for the game, but Trinity forced 17 turnovers (committing just eight), and held a 17-3 advantage at the foul line.

Trinity will hit the road next weekend for a pair of games against Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas. Friday’s game is scheduled to start at 8:00 p.m., followed by a 4:00 p.m. game on Saturday.

St. Thomas 101, Dallas 81

Men’s Basketball put together their best offensive performance of the year as they cruise past the University of Dallas, 101-81.

The Celts lit it up tonight from downtown. They put together their best shooting performance of the season which included 16 threes while shooting 50% from beyond the arc. Not only did they hit the century mark in tonight’s game, but they also had seven players with 8 points or more.

Adam Kanafani led the way for the Celts with a career high 21 points and 8 rebounds. Christian Alaekwe and Juan Hood pitched in 13 points each and Cameron Gims had 11 of his own. Gims also recorded 3 steals and 2 blocks in today’s contest. He has recorded at least one block and steal in each game this season.

The Celts improve to 3-1 as they head into their bye week. They will return to action February 5th and 6th as they take on Austin College.

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