Ladd Alexander, Contributing Writer
This past week was an important step in the right direction as the Crusaders (13-9, 8-5 SCAC) were able to notch two more conference wins over struggling conference rival Austin College.
On Wednesday night, the Crusaders rode center Ross Davidson’s game-high 19 points and beat Austin College 59-53, while forward Tanner Bruffey contributed 14 points from an impressive 12-13 at the charity stripe in addition to grabbing nine rebounds. While it was an unimpressive numbers game for both teams, Dallas was able to pull out a victory through sheer hustle and determination.
Overall, Dallas shot 36.5 percent field goals, 14 percent from behind the arc and 73 percent from the free-throw line, while Austin College shot 32.8 percent on 22 of 67 shots, 16.7 percent on 3-18 from behind the arc and 6-12 from the free-throw line.
On Saturday afternoon, the Roos returned to the Maher Athletic Center for an astoundingly impressive offensive game on both sides of the court as Dallas put up 82 offensive points to Austin College’s 78. Dallas’s Davidson notched 21 points, Bruffey scored 20 and Malone recorded 13. Other solid contributions came from team captain Drew Assinesi, who put in nine points on 4-6 shooting and Aaron Wyatt, who added eight points on 2-4 shooting.
With third place in the SCAC secured, Dallas looks to notch its final regular season win on Senior Night when it faces off against Arlington Baptist College this Monday night at 7:30 p.m. Come out to the Maher Athletic Center to cheer your Crusader seniors on. Remember that no outside food or drink is allowed beyond the ticket gate upon entry into basketball home games for the remainder of the season, due to prior occurrences of public intoxication and general unruliness at the men’s basketball games.