James O’Toole, Contributing Writer
The University of Dallas men’s basketball team completed its two-game home stand against SCAC opponents Texas Lutheran University and Schreiner University last Sunday. The Crusaders fell 75-68 against the visiting Texas Lutheran Bulldogs Friday night before overcoming Schreiner on Sunday, 71-63.
The Bulldogs and Crusaders traded baskets for most of the first half on Friday night. UD was carried by a strong shooting performance, knocking down 47 percent of all shots from the field and connecting on nearly 40 percent of 3-point attempts.
Down 33-29 with only 55 seconds to play, center Ross Davidson sank a 3-pointer, pulling UD within 33-32. On the following play, the Bulldogs missed a jump shot with only four seconds remaining. Davidson hauled in the rebound, was fouled by TLU forward Brian Denson and hit both of the subsequent free throws to give Dallas an unlikely 34-33 lead.
After the break, the Bulldogs slowly built a six-point lead over UD, pulling ahead 51-45 with just under 11 minutes remaining on the clock.
The Crusaders went on a 10-3 run sparked by Blaine Blackburn’s 3-pointer and went ahead 55-54. It would be the Crusaders’ last lead of the day, since TLU then took control of the game offensively. Blackburn led UD scorers with 21 points overall while shooting 6-9 from the field.
On Sunday, the Crusaders did not trail Schreiner at any point during the first half. They shot 40 percent from the field and 57 percent from behind the 3-point arc en route to a 30-28 lead at the break.
UD picked up right where it left off after the half and established a 49-43 lead on Lorenzo Gonzalez’s jumper with just under 10 minutes to play. The Crusaders never looked back.
Powered by a 17-point performance by freshman point guard Lorenzo Gonzalez and Nate Wilson’s 18 points, UD cruised past the Bulldogs, 71-63.
The Crusaders’ next home game will be Senior Day on Feb. 24 against the University of California, Santa Cruz at 7 p.m. in the Maher Athletic Center.