SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 23, 2012) -- Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) men's basketball team fell to Briar Cliff University 93-100 on Friday evening in Mabee Gymnasium.
The loss drops the Saints to 0-4 on the season while Briar Cliff, out of Sioux City, Iowa, improves to 6-3 overall.
Despite a career-high performance from Eddie Ortiz, who scored 23 points, the Saints could not get a rally started. The team fell behind 0-3 before Lo'Ron Smith (pictured at right) put the first points on the board for the Saints. The teams tied at six with a little more than 16 minutes remaining in the first half, and then OLLU took a two-point lead at 8-6 after a jumper from Bridge Lavey. The Chargers went on to lead for the next 10 minutes through the seventh minute after the Chargers were called on back-to-back technical fouls, one on the Chargers' bench and one on Zach Otting. Robert Martinez connected on all four foul shots to give the Saints a one-point lead at 24-23. Ortiz drained a 3-pointer to give the Saints a four-point lead. Within a minute, the Chargers regained a short-time lead at 33-30. The Saints fought back to lead by as much as five and at the half time buzzer, the Saints led 43-40.
The second half started with more of the same, with both teams switching leads, but the Chargers went on a 7-0 run to lead 55-45. Three-pointers from Martinez and Ortiz took the Saints to within four points at 51-55. OLLU got as close to one point, but the Chargers kept pushing to lead by as much as 13 points with five minutes left in the game. A pair of free throws from AJ Govan got the Saints to within four points, but Briar Cliff continued to sink baskets to garner the 100-93 win.
Ortiz connected on 7-of-13 field goals including 7-of-11 3-pointers and 2-of-3 free throws to finish at 23 points, his highest in four seasons. Both Martinez and Govan scored 17 points, while Smith added 15.
The Saints shot 44 percent from the field, 52 percent from 3-point range and 77 percent from the free-throw line. Briar Cliff shot 33 percent from the field, 31 percent from 3-point range and 79 percent from the free-throw line. The Saints committed 10 turnovers, while forcing 25.
The Chargers' Turner Fahey led his team in scoring with 23 points. Michael Collison finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double.
The Saints will return to Mabee Gymnasium to host Northwood University on Monday. The game is set for 7:30 p.m.
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Luis A. Lárraga
Sports Information Assistant