Men’s basketball plays in Turkey Tournament

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Sophomore guard Michael Wambsganss takes control of the ball. Photo courtesy of UD Athletics.

The University of Dallas men’s basketball team traveled to Jackson, Miss., this past weekend to compete in the Millsaps College Thanksgiving Invitational. Dallas (1-3) secured its first victory of the 2018-19 season against Mississippi University for Women with a final score of 86-83.

Sophomore forward John Russell from Bossier City, La., dropped a career-high 22 points, which also included a personal best, going 10-for-10 in free throws. The Crusaders gained a 32-29 halftime advantage. Both Dallas and Millsaps shot above 40 percent from the court, as they competed in a back-and-forth thriller with 13 ties and 14 lead changes. Dallas has eclipsed 20 total free throws in the first three contests this season with an 80% shooting percentage.

Head Coach Jarred Samples achieved his 111th career win, tied for the most in UD’s history. Samples is just one of two head coaches for the Crusaders men’s basketball program to gain more than 100 career victories; the other is Brian Stanfield.

On Sunday evening, the Crusaders were unable to keep up with Millsaps College and concluded the tournament with a 91-63 setback. Dallas was outshot 54.7 percent to 34.0 percent, and the Majors (5-0) kept their undefeated record intact thanks to a 16-0 run that occurred late in the first half. Millsaps also utilized a 45-29 rebounding advantage to help score 15 more second chance points (17-2) than UD.

Michael Wambsganss, a sophomore guard from Denver, Colo., led the Crusaders with 18 points to match his season-best from the Hangar Dome, and Joshua Nunn, a sophomore guard from St. Louis, Mo., added 13 points to lead the Crusaders (1-3) in scoring.

With a four-game road trip completed, Dallas looks forward to hosting a rematch with Millsaps at home in the Maher Center on Saturday, Dec. 1. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. following the women’s game.

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