After dropping a tough 75-81 match-up with Schreiner University on Friday, the University of Dallas men’s basketball team (UDMB) returned to the court two days later hungry for a win. They were to face Trinity University, a well-known foe to all UD sports teams.
Trinity men’s basketball, however, has not been displaying the same level of dominance this season with which many casual UD fans associate the Tigers’ other teams, and UDMB took their opportunity to seize an 83-70 victory and their first win in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) this season.
“We played really well as a team [this weekend], especially against Trinity,” senior guard Michael Sarrat said. “We’re at the point in our season that we really needed a win, and we knew that if we could get a win this weekend that we can really turn our season around.”
Sarrat played an instrumental role in the Crusaders’ win on Sunday, scoring 17 points and leading the team with four assists.
Fellow senior guard Lorenzo Gonzalez also contributed heavily to the win, leading the team with a career-high 21 points, 10 of which he scored from the free-throw line. Despite his headlining performance, he kept his comments on the game team-centered.
“This weekend was a good one for us,” Gonzalez said. “We didn’t get the win against Schreiner, but we still played together as a team and fought hard.”
Other notable performances included sophomore forward Prince Giadolor, who, along with Sarrat and Gonzalez, rounded out a trio of players with points in the double digits, with five of his 15 points coming from the free-throw line.
All in all, Dallas proved the superior team in most repects. The Crusaders outshot the Tigers by 4.4 percent, and led in rebounds, assists and forced turnovers, as well getting a SCAC season-high 11 steals.
“The win against Trinity was one we have been fighting for all conference,” Gonzalez said. “It feels good to have our first conference win, and I believe we will continue to win since we enjoyed the feeling of winning on Sunday.”
“We’re looking forward to the second half of conference play,” Sarrat said.
UDMB is on the road to begin their second half of SCAC play with back-to-back rematches against this weekend’s teams. They will play Schreiner on Friday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Trinity on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 6 p.m.