SCAC MBB: Southwestern wins season opener; UST rallies for close win

Courtesy: SU, UST, Centenary, TU Athletics

Southwestern 81, Austin College 69

The Southwestern Pirates men’s basketball team opened its season with an 81-69 road victory over the Austin College Kangaroos. 

Four of the Pirates’ five starters scored in double figures, led by Kyle Poerschke, who opened the game with a pair of 3-pointers and a Eurostep layup on his way to a team-high 18 points on 12 shots. The junior from Houston, Texas also grabbed eight rebounds and dished out two assists in 22 minutes. 

Preston Hannah scored 14 points, including 11 in the second half with seven made free throws, to go with four rebounds and three assists. Chris Smith had 10 points, six rebounds, and two blocks in 22 minutes. Josh Jones had eight points and four assists off the bench. Reserves Leo Toussaint and Jack O’Neil had six points each. 

The Pirates shot 22-for-55 (40 percent) for the game, including 8-for-22 (36.4 percent) from the 3-point line and 29-for-41 from the free-throw line (70.7 percent). Southwestern outrebounded Austin College 57-34, leading to a 14-6 advantage in second-chance points. 

Michael Holland led Austin College with 22 points on 22 shots to go with six rebounds and five assists. Tristan Dick was the only other Kangaroo in double figures with 12 points on 16 shots. Austin College falls to 2-1 with the loss. Both teams will play again tomorrow at 4:00 p.m.

St. Thomas 80, Dallas 77

Men’s Basketball overcame a 12-point, second half deficit to grab their second win of the season against UDallas, 80-77.

The Celts saw four players reach double figures as Juan Hood and Christian Alaekwe led the way with 20 and 18 points, respectively. Both of the UST’s top scorers also shined defensively. Combined they recorded 14 rebounds, 5 steals, and 3 blocks. Adam Kanafani continued his dominance in the paint with 13 points, while Cameron Gims put up 11 points and 8 rebounds.

The Celts will go for the weekend sweep tomorrow at 4:00 PM. 

Centenary 79, Schreiner 75

The Centenary men’s basketball team defeated the Schreiner Mountaineers, 79-75, behind a career night from sophomore Seth Thomas in its first Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference road contest of the season on Friday night at the Stephens Family Arena.

The Gents (2-1) returned to the court where they claimed the 2020 SCAC Championship last March and in the process defeated Schreiner for the third time in the last four meetings. Friday’s game was the first for the Mountaineers this season after their games last weekend at Southwestern were cancelled. The two teams will face off again on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Sophomore forward Seth Thomas (Kilgore, Texas) continued his superb play this season with a career-high 24 points in 39 minutes. He added a career-high 12 rebounds for his third career double-double. He has now reached double figures in scoring 11 times in his young career and in all three of the Gents’ games this season. Thomas posted a double-double in last Friday’s season opener, as he scored a game-high 18 points in 27 minutes and grabbed a team-best 11 rebounds and followed that up with 15 points, six rebounds, and three steals on Saturday.

Junior guard AJ Hall (Thibodaux, La.) nearly matched his career high in points on Friday with 15 on 6 of 12 shooting from the floor and connected on three of his seven three-point attempts. Junior guard Kile Mingo (Cypress, Texas) added 13 points in 28 minutes as he went 5-6 from the free-throw line and hit a pair of treys. Sophomore guard Ralph Johnson (New Iberia, La) had a big second half and finished with 11 points in 36 minutes. The 2019-20 SCAC Newcomer of the Year added four steals, four assists, three rebounds, and went 5-6 from the free-throw line. Sophomore forward Neil Hawkins (Titusville, Fla.) had seven points and five rebounds in 23 minutes of action.

Centenary shot 39.7 % from the floor for the game and 44.8 % after halftime. The Gents forced 26 Schreiner turnovers and had 13 steals. The Mountaineers shot 46.3 % from the field for the game. Alex Dehoyos led four Mountaineers in double figures with 16 points. Darion Jones posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Trinity 82, Colorado College 63

The Trinity men’s basketball team opened up its home schedule with an 82-63 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference win over Colorado College on Friday night.

Tanner Brown led four Trinity players in double figures with a team season-high 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting. He also pulled down six rebounds and swiped a pair of steals in his 23 minutes off the bench.

A trio of Tigers scored 13 points each, hitting a combined 13-for-23 from the field and 11-of-12 at the free throw line.

Kaleb Jenkins finished with five rebounds and two assists to go with his double-digit scoring night, while Enzo Sechi was a perfect 5-for-5 at the line to push himself to a 13-point game. Ben Hanley rounded out the four total players in double figures, adding four rebounds and three assists to his stat line.

David Nickell led the way with eight rebounds in just 10 minutes of action, as he was plagued by foul trouble – eventually fouling out of the game. A.J. Clark dished out five assists and recorded four steals to lead the team in both categories on the night.

The two Tiger teams will face off again Saturday, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

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