James O’Toole, Contributing Writer
The University of Dallas men’s basketball team won back-to-back games this past weekend during the Dallas Classic Tournament, making its record 3-1.
In the opening game on Friday, Nov. 22, the Crusaders achieved a 55-52 victory over St. Joseph’s College (NY). The UD team overcame a poor offensive performance and held on for the victory.
The Crusaders started slow in the first half, shooting only 27 percent from the field and allowing St. Joseph’s to tie the game at 27-27 on a last-second shot. UD came out of the break with a new energy and buckled down on defense. Despite launching 59 shots and shooting an abysmal 29 percent clip from the field, the Crusaders controlled the glass, out-rebounding St. Joseph’s 53-38, and held its opponent to 27 percent shooting from the field. Senior guard Nate Wilson carried the Crusaders offensively, finishing with 12 points on 4-6 shooting and 11 boards. Junior Aaron Wyatt also contributed 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Crusaders.
After a rocky start to the weekend on Friday night, the Crusaders found their offensive rhythm on Saturday against the University of the Ozarks Eagles (AR). The Crusaders dominated the Eagles defensively, winning the battle of the boards 39-35 and forcing the Eagles into shooting a paltry 20-54 (37 percent) from the field. Offensively, UD was clicking, knocking down 30 shots from the field en route to shooting 46 percent on the game. The Crusaders had four players reach double figures, with senior captain Ross Davidson leading the scoring barrage with 20 points. Davidson struggled mightily in the first half, but came out strong after halftime to lead the Crusaders to victory. Freshman guard Michael Sarrat came off the bench to score 10 points on 4-5 shooting, while starters Blaine Blackburn and Wilson contributed 15 and 13 points, respectively.