UD men’s bball Centenary, TLU and Schreiner

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The Crusaders play at home against Texas Lutheran University. Photo courtesy of UD Athletics.

The University of Dallas men’s basketball team was swept this past week at home against Centenary College, Texas Lutheran University (TLU) and Schreiner University. This series of games concludes UD home basketball schedule.

UD started out slow against Centenary, as the Gents took a 9-1 lead early in the game. The Crusaders finished off the half well, with both teams tied at 23 going into halftime. The gritty, defensive game continued as both teams were held under 40 percent shooting for the game. The Crusaders took a 36-31 lead in the second half, but were unable to hold it and lost 57-52.

Junior Logan Fruhwirth scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds; sophomore Michael Wambsganss had 10 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and team high 2 blocked shots; and senior Ben Norton had a game-high 11 rebounds and four points.

On Friday, TLU’s explosive offensive outpaced the Crusaders, allowing them a big 39-24 halftime lead. UD battled back to bring the deficit down to five with under 12 minutes left in the game, but the Bulldogs pulled away again, winning the game 73-62. The Crusaders offense outshot the best team in the conference 47.1 percent to 46.0 percent for the game.

Four Crusaders scored over 10 points in the game: Wambsganss and sophomore Dustin Mathis with 13, sophomore John Russell with 12, and sophomore Josh Nunn with 10.

Saturday was Senior Night for the Crusaders. Fruhwirth, who is graduating early, and Norton, were both honored before the game against Schreiner. The Crusaders came out gunning in the first half, shooting 56.5 percent for the half and holding the Mountaineers to 35.3 percent shooting, and leading at halftime 39-33. However, the game flipped on Dallas in the second half, as Schreiner outshot UD 59.1 percent -35.7 percent. Dallas fell to Schreiner 78-69.

In their final games at the Maher Center, Fruhwirth had 9 points and a team-high 7 rebounds, and Norton scored 6 and rebounded 3. Four Crusaders scored 10 or more again, as Wambsganss and Russell each had 11, and Mathis and freshman Rashid Coombs each had 10. Mathis also had a career-high 4 steals.

Dallas drops 9-14 overall and 6-8 in conference this season. UD currently holds the fifth seed for the upcoming Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) tournament. Dallas plays their final games of the regular season this week at Schreiner University on Friday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m, and at Trinity University on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m.

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