Brian Bland, Contributing Writer
This past week the University of Dallas men’s basketball team posted an impressive 25-point victory over Southwestern Adventist University. They continued on to win the Citizens Bank Tournament in New London, Connecticut, with wins over Connecticut College and Wheelock College.
Riding a fantastic wave of school spirit, junior forward Ross Davidson (Dana Point, Calif.) put together a dominant game which included both a team-high 26 points and a game-high 13 rebounds (five offensive) for his second double-double of the season.
“The crowd that we had made the game especially exciting,” said Davidson, “The first half was a bit weak, but the crowd gave us an extra boost to pull away and finish with a 25-point win.” Senior forward Tanner Bruffey (Lubbock, Texas) also tabulated a double-double for Dallas, pouring in 13 points to go with 12 rebounds (six offensive).
Not to be outdone, senior guard and team captain Drew Assinesi (Pasadena, Calif.) finished with 16 points which included nine points from behind the arc, a somewhat rare feat for the team’s captain. According to Assinesi, “[It was] great to get a big win for our first home game of the year, and it was especially important for us to get the win in front of our crowd. We really thought they gave us a lot of energy, and we can’t wait for the home games next semester.”
After Tuesday’s big 90-65 win, the team had a few days to practice before heading off to the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut, where they defeated both Connecticut College and Wheelock College to win the Citizens Bank Tournament.
“[We were] glad to see the hard work pay off and we are really starting to gel as a team,” said Assinesi. “Being able to win on the road, especially so far away, really revealed our team’s mental toughness and character.”
Dallas will host Centenary College of Louisiana at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Maher Athletic Center in what will be the conference opener for both teams.