WAXAHACHIE, TEXAS (March 2, 2013) -- Our Lady of the Lake University's (OLLU) senior guard Eddie Ortiz reached 1,000 career points during the Saints' game against Texas Wesleyan University (TWU) on Friday night.
Oritz, who entered the game against TWU with 990 points, scored 10 points to become the fourth member of the OLLU Saints men's basketball team's 1,000-Point Club with 1,000 total points scored.
Senior guard Robert Martinez reached the milestone on Dec. 30, 2011, against the University of St. Thomas. He ended his college career Friday night as the Saints' all-time leader in scoring with 1,948 points.
Last year's senior guard Ricardo Zanini scored just enough points to reach this milestone during the conference finals against LSU-Shreveport. He ended his college career at OLLU with 1,023 points.
And, senior guard Lo'Ron Smith reached the milestone on Feb. 16, 2013. He finished his college career on Friday night with 1,045 points.
Ortiz, a native of San Antonio, attended Wagner High School in San Antonio. He joined the Saints' team during its inaugural season in 2009-2010. In his first year, he scored 253 points and averaged 8.4 ppg. In his second year, he scored 193 points and averaged 6.2 ppg. Last season, Ortiz scored 259 points and averaged 7.8 ppg. He helped the team capture the conference regular season championship, which sent the Saintsw to the NAIA DI Men's Basketball National Championship Tournament, where they finished in the Sweet 16 round. And this season, he finished with 295 points and averaged 10.17 ppg.
In December 2012, Ortiz established a new school record with nine three-pointers in a 104-90 triumph over Jarvis Christian College. His record came on 11 attempts from behind the three-point arc en route to a career-high 27 points.
Ortiz excels in the classroom as well earning a variety of scholarships and internships and receiving scholar athlete honors from the conference. Ortiz is majoring in accounting and will graduate this May with a degree in accounting.
The NAIA Champions of Character program aims to instill five core values in NAIA athletes, coaches: respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership, and sportsmanship. Our Lady of the Lake University shares and supports these values and strives to promote the Champions of Character program by working with students, coaches through our Champions of Character educational program. For more information on the Champions of Character program, click here: www.championsofcharacter.org.
Luis A. Lárraga
Sports Information Assistant