Brian Bland, Contributing Writer
While most on campus were knee-deep in Groundhog festivities this past Friday night, your men’s basketball team was busy boarding a plane to Colorado Springs, preparing to match up the following afternoon against conference foe Colorado College.
The stage was set for a fierce game. The teams had split their earlier games 1-1, so both teams looked to play as hard as possible to earn the tiebreaker. However, the end score found the Crusaders dropping this all-important conference game by five points, with a final score of 71-66.
From a numbers point of view, the teams played surprisingly identical games. Dallas shot 49 percent from the field, 44.4 percent from three-point land and 80 percent from the charity stripe, while Colorado College managed 44.8 percent on total field goals, 45.5 percent from behind the arc and 81.8 percent on free throws. Dallas also out-rebounded Colorado College 33-28 but tallied four more turnovers as well.
Ross Davidson and Aaron Wyatt scored 11 points apiece, with nine rebounds for Davidson, and transfer Nate Wilson shot 4-8 with two three-pointers for 10 total points. Team captain Drew Assinesi tallied nine points on 4-8 shooting.
While Dallas put together a solid game on paper, the team lost due to the inability to stop Colorado College’s Daniel Webb and Chris Lesnansky, who combined for 31 points. Colorado’s Ryan Milne added eight assists, further challenging UD’s efforts.
With this game behind them, the team looks to strengthen its conference win column when it faces off against Austin College in back-to-back home games this Wednesday at 8 p.m. and this Saturday at 4 p.m.
Come out to the Maher Athletic Center to cheer your Crusaders on, and remember that no outside food or drinks are allowed beyond the ticket gate upon entry into basketball home games for the remainder of the 2012-13 season, due to previous cases of public intoxication and general unruliness at the men’s basketball games.