James O’Toole, Contributing Writer
The University of Dallas men’s basketball team suffered two losses this past weekend, falling 75-59 to Trinity University and 70-64 against Southwestern University. On Friday in San Antonio, Trinity University opened the game on a 9-0 run, and the Crusaders failed to score until six minutes into the first half. Despite a tough start, UD clawed back into the game, taking a 17-16 lead on freshman point guard Lorenzo Gonzalez’s 3-pointer with just under nine minutes to play. The Crusaders closed the half, down by four, to the SCAC division-leading Trinity Tigers. Freshman guard Michael Sarrat provided a spark for UD, scoring eight points and knocking down two out of three 3-point attempts.
Sarrat opened the second half for the Crusaders by sinking another three, pulling UD to 36-35. Point guard Kym Malone tied the game at 38 two plays later, and it seemed that the team had found its offensive rhythm. However, Trinity forward Robert Kitzinger, who torched the Crusaders the previous weekend in Dallas with 33 points, scored four out of the next nine points for the Tigers en route to a 22-point performance. UD never closed the seven-point gap for the rest of the half.
Michael Sarrat led the Crusader scorers with 11 points. Ross Davidson and Nate Wilson finished with 10 points each for UD.
After beating Southwestern at home in a tightly contested match the previous weekend, UD found itself again in a close game in Georgetown. The Crusaders traded buckets with the Southwestern Pirates and were tied at 15 with six minutes to play. The Pirates, however, began pressuring the Crusaders offensively, forcing seven turnovers in the first half alone. Sean Meyers scored 11 points for the Pirates coming off the bench in the first half, and UD was sent into the intermission looking at a 35-25 deficit.
UD continued to struggle defensively, and the Pirates jumped to a 40-28 lead after the break. Only six minutes into the second half, the Crusaders were down 50-33 and never closed the gap.
Captain Ross Davidson led UD scorers with 16 points and freshman guard Michael Sarrat continued his hot shooting to finish with 15 points. The Crusaders as a team, however, struggled offensively, shooting only 38 percent from the field for the game and turning the ball over 15 times.
The Crusaders will play next Friday at home against Texas Lutheran University at 6 p.m. in the Maher Athletic Center.