HOUSTON/DALLAS (Jan. 10-11, 2014) – Despite leading through most of the game, the Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) men's basketball team was unable to pull off the win against conference opponent University of St. Thomas last Friday. The Saints lost 74-80. On Saturday, the Saints came back to annihilate Paul Quinn College with a 125-77 win.
The Saints are now 6-7 overall and 1-1 in the Red River Athletic Conference. St. Thomas improves to 7-7 overall and 4-2 in conference. Paul Quinn, a member of the Red River but ineligible for the post season, drops to 0-10 overall.
A 3-pointer from Brock Hunter set the pace for the Saints early on as they rallied through a nine-point lead after six minutes at 16-7. St. Thomas came as close as one point at the eight-minute mark, but within six minutes, the Saints took their biggest lead at 45-35. The Celts embarked on a 9-0 run to close out the half with the Saints leading 45-44.
The second half began with a 3-pointer from Sean Edwards that gave Paul Quinn its first lead since the beginning of the game. The Saints came back to regain the lead through the rest of the period until the last two minutes of the game when St. Thomas fought back to lead by six at 75-69. A 3-pointer from Hunter gave the Saints a chance to come back with 1:34 left in the game, but the Celts prevailed to win 80-74.
Senior Xavier Roberson led the Saints in scoring with 18 points. De'Quentin Greer finished with 14 points, while teammates Hunter and Dylan Elias each scored 12 points for the Saints. The team shot 36 percent from the field, 37 percent from 3-point range and 67 percent from the free-throw line.
UST's Bryan Kaase scored 20 points for his team, while teammates Seah Edwards and Derick Dudley scored 16 points and Nate McAnelly finished with 10 points. The Celts shot 58 percent from the field, 45 percent from 3-point range and 63 percent from the free-throw line.
In the game against Paul Quinn on Saturday, Roberson led the Saints in scoring with 27 points. He was followed by Bridge Lavey, who scored 20 points; Hunter, who scored 12 points; Cody Wallace, who scored 11 points; and both Mike Willie and Elias, who each scored 10 points.
Paul Quinn's Tevin Williams scored 22 points for his team.
The Saints will host their next two games. On Friday, the Saints will take on Jarvis Christian College, and on Saturday, the Saints will play Texas College. Both games will take place at 7:30 p.m.