SCAC MBB: Trinity knocks off UST; TLU earns split; ‘Roos sweep

Story courtesy: TU, TLU, AC Athletics

Trinity 77, St. Thomas 73

The Tiger men’s basketball team earned a 77-73 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference victory over the University of St. Thomas (TX) on Saturday night. The win wraps gives Trinity a weekend split under new Head Coach Jimmy Smith.

Kaleb Jenkins paced the Tigers with 19 points in 23 minutes off the bench, hitting 4-for-6 from the field and 9-of-11 at the charity stripe. He scored 13 of his points in the second half, including 6-of-6 at the line over the final 39 seconds to seal the win.

Tanner Brown dropped 17 points as Trinity’s only other player to reach double figures, nailing 4-of-6 from three-point range in his 28 minutes from the bench.

A.J. Clark led the way for the Tigers with eight rebounds and five assists, while Ben Hanley chipped in with eight points that included a perfect 4-of-4 from the line.

Trinity will make its home debut this season by hosting Colorado College on Friday night at 8:00 p.m.

Texas Lutheran 68, Centenary 55

Texas Lutheran evened its overall and conference records with a 68-55 road win Saturday over Centenary College (La).

At Centenary’s Gold Dome, the Bulldogs (1-1, 1-1 SCAC) held Centenary (1-1, 1-1 SCAC) to 23.1 percent shooting from the field. TLU made nearly half of its total shots, 47.9 percent, and made four more three-pointers than the Gents.

The Bulldogs received a balanced scoring effort. Seniors Jamir Mason (Pearland/St. Thomas Episcopal), Caleb Lister (Baytown/Baytown Christian), and Sebastian Andrade (El Paso/Americas) scored 14, 13, and 12 points, respectively.

Mason and Andrade each had six rebounds, and Lister added five boards. Mason was 8-for-8 at the foul line.

TLU does not play again until Friday, Jan. 29 with the first of back-to-back home games against Trinity. That Friday night contest starts at 8 p.m., following the 5 p.m. TLU v. Trinity women’s game.

Austin College 78, Dallas 66

The Austin College men’s basketball team dominated throughout in their second game in as many days against the University of Dallas, leading by as many as 24 points on their way to a 78-66 win on Saturday in Hughey Gym. The ‘Roos are now 2-0 to open the year.

Kam Hogan scored 23 points to pace Austin College and Jason Jones Jr. notched his first collegiate double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds as the ‘Roos took a 45-27 lead into halftime and never looked back. The ‘Roos shot 48.6% from the field in the first half while holding the Crusaders to just 33.3% from the field in the opening frame, knocking down five triples compared to just one for Dallas. 

Hogan knocked down 7-of-15 attempts from the field to get his 23 points, adding six rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Jones was 8-of-10 from the floor, and Tristan Dick chipped in 13 points, five rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Michael Holland joined Jason Jones Jr. with a double-double of his own, scoring 12 points and pulling down 10 rebounds in the win.

Letrell Toussaint scored 13 points and had 11 rebounds to lead the Crusaders, while Matt Holloway came off the bench to score 12 and Marcus Juarez added 11.

Austin College is home again next weekend when they host Southwestern University on Friday and Saturday in another pair of Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference contests.

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