|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex 2-6||44||51||95|
|Northern New Mexico 5-8||42||47||89|
|Dec. 2, 2018|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Indv. Leaders||Northern New Mexico|
|#5 Zachary Mucha - 24||Points||#13 Naquwan Solomon - 28|
|#5 Zachary Mucha - 8||Rebounds||#30 Ibrahima Diagne - 10|
|#24 Darin Minniefield - 4||Assists||#24 Jeremy Anaya - 4|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Team Statistics||Northern New Mexico|
|41.4% (29 - 70)||Field Goals %||55.9% (33 - 59)|
|50% (15 - 30)||3 Point Field Goals %||28.6% (6 - 21)|
|68.8% (22 - 32)||Free Throws||58.6% (17 - 29)|
|0||2nd Chance Pts||0|
ESPANOLA, N.M. (Dec. 3, 2018) – Zachary Mucha (SO/El Paso, Texas) scored a career-high 24 points to lead the Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) men's basketball team to a 95-89 nonconference win over the Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) Eagles Sunday evening. The Saints improve to 2-6 on the season, while the Eagles drop to 5-8. .
Head Coach Chris Dial commented, "I was really proud of the way our guys bounced back and put together a full game in what is a tough place to play. This is a great win for this team moving into conference play this week. We are 0-0 in games that count and everyone is excited about the challenges in front of us."
This is the fifth matchup between the Saints and the Eagles. In 2010, the Saints won 125-103. Last year, the Saints won two games, 91-89 and 104-86, but both games had to be forfeited by OLLU. After a split this weekend, the Saints are 2-3 against the Eagles.
The first points came from NNMC after a little more than a minute had passed and after seven total missed shots from both teams. The Saints could not get a basket in as they continue to miss six more shots before Darin Minniefield (SO/Houston, Texas) made his shot. With the Eagles leading 9-2, the Saints endured their drought, giving the Eagles the 15-4 advantage. By the 11 minute mark, the Saints were able to get within two at 17-19. Three minutes later, Lennox Jones Jr. (JR/Richmond, Texas) sank his field goal to give the Saints their first lead of the game at 24-23. Zachary Mucha and Michael Saladin (JR/Beaumont, Texas) drained their 3-pointers to take the Saints to 39-33, but the Eagles came back to regain the lead with less than a minute left in the half at 41-39. Mucha free-throws tied the game at 41, and a 3-pointer from Saladin ended the half with the Saints leading 44-41.
The teams tied at 46 after two minutes had passed in the second half. Mucha connected on three field goals, two of which were 3-pointers to put the Saints ahead at 54-49. Mucha made two more threes to cushon the Saints lead to 62-56. The Eagles relented to regain the lead again at the 11-minute mark, 67-64, and a Minniefield basket tied the game at 70 with a little less than 10 minutes left in the game. Xavier Woodington (FR/Honolulu, Hawaii) made both of his free throws to send the Saints back on top at 73-70, but the lead was shortlived as the Eagles went ahead 74-73 with seven minutes left. The game stayed close through the rest of the game with the Saints taking no more than a nine-point lead. Joseph closed out the last minute of the game with five free throws giving the Saints the 95-89win
Zachary Mucha had a career-high 24 points for the Saints. Coming off the bench, he made 7-of-13 from the field, six of which were 3-pointers. He was perfect from the free-throw line with four made. He also had a team-high eight rebounds. Darin Minniefield added 14 points, four assists and two steals. Michael Saladin and Brandon Joseph (SR/Houston, Texas) score 11 points each, and Joseph added three assists. Lennox Jones Jr. tallied 10 points and seven assists.
Naquwan Solomon led the Eagles with 28 points. Bryce Simmons scored 12, while Seth Warfireld added 10. Ibrahima Diagne recorded 10 rebounds, and Jeremy Anaya finished with four assists.
Inside the box
OLLU combined for 29-of-70 shooting for 41.4 percent, 15-of-30 from beyond the arc for 50 percent and 22-of-32 from the charity stripe for 68.8 percent. NNMC was 33-of-59 for 55.9 percent, 6-of-21 in 3-point attempts for 28.6 percent, and 17-of-29 free throws for 58.6 percent.
OLLU collected 34 rebounds, while NNMC tallied 38. OLLU forced 13 turnovers and committed seven.
The Saints will begin their Red River Athletic Conference schedule on Dec. 6 against Paul Quinn College in Dallas. On Dec. 8, they will play Texas College in Tyler.