|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex 6-14, 4-8 RRAC||38||48||86|
|St. Thomas (Texas) 16-7, 7-4 RRAC||41||47||88|
|Jan. 31, 2019|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Indv. Leaders||St. Thomas (Texas)|
|2 Players (#11,#23) - 18||Points||#13 Orowo Eleyae - 27|
|#34 Ruben Monzon - 8||Rebounds||#34 Nathan Thormaehlen - 7|
|#23 Lennox Jones Jr. - 4||Assists||#3 Kennard Robinson - 6|
|Our Lady of the Lake (Tex||Team Statistics||St. Thomas (Texas)|
|49.2% (31 - 63)||Field Goals %||46.3% (31 - 67)|
|47.8% (11 - 23)||3 Point Field Goals %||30.8% (8 - 26)|
|86.7% (13 - 15)||Free Throws||78.3% (18 - 23)|
|6||2nd Chance Pts||3|
HOUSTON (Jan. 31, 2019) – After having the lead late in the game, the Our Lady of the Lake University men's basketball team allowed the University of St. Thomas (UST) Celts to make a comeback and take the 88-86 win.
The Saints drop to 6-14 overall and 4-8 in the Red River Athletic Conference, while the Celts improve to 16-7 overall and 7-4 in conference.
Head Coach Chris Dial commented, "It was a disappointing loss. I was proud of how we played the first 37.30. Unfortunately, the last 2.30 won't allow us to appreciate it. We need to get back to work and prepare for HT on Saturday."
The Saints are 14-7 against the Celts. Earlier this season, the Saints lost at home to UST 71-84.
To say that the Saints or the Celts dominated tonight would be a lie. In the first half, the teams tied twice and both had the lead twice with UST having the biggest lead at five and OLLU at three.
Bryan Joseph led the Saints in the first half with nine points and Ruben Monzon (SO/San Diego, Calif.) led on defense with five rebounds.
The half ended with a field goal from Joseph that took the teams into the locker room with the Saints leading 41-38.
The second half was no different. UST's Kennard Robinson got his team to a five-point lead after a minute had passed. Four minutes later, Monzon's free throws gave OLLU its first lead of the half. The teams switched off several more times as each took turns leading by one. OLLU was able to push ahead to a 10-point lead with less than four minutes remaining in the game. Joseph's basket got the Saints to 84-73. And then things turned bad for the Saints. While maintaining their 84 points, the Celts went on a 13-0 run to take back the lead at 86-84 with 30 seconds left in the game.
The teams were under the impression that the game had ended in a tie and would go to overtime, but the referees decided that a foul from Lennox Jones Jr. (JR/Richmond, Texas) had taken place with a second left in the game. Cameron Gims made both of his free throws, and the game ended with his team winning 88-86.
Offensive / defensive standouts
Lennox Jones Jr. and Brandon Joseph (SR/Houston, Texas) led the Saints on offense with 18 points each. Ethan White (SO/San Antonio, Texas) and Michael Saladin (JR/Beaumont, Texas) added 12 points each, while Ruben Monzon added 10 and eight rebounds.
UST's Orowo Eleyae led his team with 27 points, followed by Kennard Robinson with 15 and Paris Marquez with 12.
Inside the box
OLLU made 31-of-63 from the field for 49.2 percent, 11-of-23 from 3-point range for 47.8 percent and 13-of-15 free throws for 86.7 percent.
St. Thomas made 31-of-67 from the field for 46.3 percent, 8-of-26 from 3-point range for 30.8 percent and 18-of-23 free throws for 78.3 percent.
OLLU tallied 39 rebounds and forced 10 turnovers, while UST added 34 rebounds and forced 19 turnovers.
The Saints will travel to Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Feb. 2, for a conference game at 7:30 against Huston-Tillotson University.