|Texas Wesleyan 8-3/1-1||52||55||11||9||127|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex 4-9/0-4||61||46||11||20||138|
|Dec. 17, 2019|
|San Antonio, TX|
|Texas Wesleyan||Indv. Leaders||Our Lady of the Lake (Tex|
|#23 Akeem White - 24||Points||#1 Jared Embry - 30|
|2 Players (#10,#23) - 6||Rebounds||2 Players (#5,#25) - 7|
|2 Players (#2,#13) - 3||Assists||#11 Tyler Giron - 8|
|Texas Wesleyan||Team Statistics||Our Lady of the Lake (Tex|
|56.6% (43 - 76)||Field Goals %||57.1% (44 - 77)|
|40% (6 - 15)||3 Point Field Goals %||58.1% (18 - 31)|
|71.4% (35 - 49)||Free Throws||82.1% (32 - 39)|
|13||2nd Chance Pts||10|
SAN ANTONIO (Dec. 17, 2019) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) men's basketball team defeated the NAIA's No. 22-ranked Texas Wesleyan University (TWU) 138-127 in double overtime. The Saints snap a five-game losing streak and were four points shy of setting the record for most points in a game in OLLU men's history. The Saints improve to 4-9 overall and remain at 0-4 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). The Rams drop to 8-3 overall.
This is the 12th meeting between the Saints and Rams. Texas Wesleyan leads the series 6-5 and beat OLLU 80-68 earlier this season.
OLLU started off strong by scoring 10 straight points and holding the Rams scoreless. The Saints led the entire first half, aided by 16 points from Michael Saladin (SR/Beaumont, Texas) and five assists from Tyler Giron (SO/Houston, Texas). Jared Embry (SR/Paris, Texas) hit four three-pointers during the first half and the Saints totaled 10. Both teams shot over 60 percent from the field. The Saints led 61-52 at halftime.
In the second half, the Saints maintained a steady lead until seven minutes in when the Rams pulled ahead by two. Texas Wesleyan took advantage of its first lead of the game and led during the next seven minutes. Embry drew a foul on a three-point shot and hit the free throws to tie the game at the 6:57 mark. After a back-and-forth game for the next few minutes, the Saints led by as much as six. OLLU led by three points after Saladin hit a pair of free throws with eight seconds remaining. The Rams answered with a game tying three-point shot at the buzzer from David Shepard to force overtime.
Saladin continued his impressive play in overtime by hitting a three-point shot to open the extra frame. Ruben Monzon (SO/San Diego, Calif.) and Darin Minniefield (JR/Houston, Texas) both made field goals to give the Saints a seven-point lead with 2:56 remaining. The Rams battled back by scoring nine consecutive points to gain a one-point advantage with 53 seconds left. Embry sunk a field goal to tie the game at 118-118 and ultimately force double overtime.
After the Rams hit a two-point shot to open double overtime, the Saints maintained a lead the rest of the frame. OLLU forced fouls and made 10 free-throws during double overtime. The Saints won 138-127 and shot 58.1 percent from the three-point line. Embry, Saladin and Monzon all scored 20 points or more.
Embry led the Saints with 30 points, followed by Saladin with 26 and Monzon with 24. Monzon and Saladin both tallied a team-high seven rebounds. Giron led the team with eight assists.
Akeem White led the Rams with 24 points. White and Peyton Sallee both finished with a team-high six rebounds. Joe Cook-Green and LaMont Simmons led the team with three assists each.
Inside the box
OLLU combined for 44-of-77 shooting for 57.1 percent, 18-of-31 from three-point range for 58.1 percent and 32-of-39 from the free-throw line for 82.1 percent. Texas Wesleyan shot 43-of-76 for 56.6 percent, 6-of-15 three pointers for 40 percent and 35-of-49 from the free-throw line for 71.4 percent.
The Saints grabbed 39 rebounds while the Rams collected 40. OLLU forced 22 turnovers and committed 22 as well.
The Saints welcomed back two key players this evening - Darin Minniefield and Victor Roper (FR/San Antonio, Texas). Minniefield, a second-year starter, played in his first game of the season tonight, while Roper, who suffered an injury in mid-November, returned to the court. Both scored 11 points, while Minniefield added seven assists and two steals.
The Saints take on Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) at home on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.