Austin College Rolls to Eighth Straight Win
SHERMAN, Texas – Bryce Frank scored 26 points in just 19 minutes of action and Austin College led by as many as 54 points as the ‘Roos blew out Texas Lutheran 93-42 on Sunday for their eighth straight win. The ‘Roos are now 10-4 overall and 3-0 in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play with the victory.
Frank scored the first six points of the game as Austin College raced out to a 10-0 lead, and the lead would grow to 24-5 on a free throw by Addison Walling with 2:15 left in the opening quarter. Austin College hounded Texas Lutheran into nine first quarter turnovers on their way to a 27-7 lead after one.
As the second quarter opened, Frank once again scored the first six points as Austin College opened up a 37-7 lead with 7:04 left before halftime. Four quick points from Caitlyn Collins pushed the lead to 45-11 five minutes later, and the ‘Roos would head into the break leading 47-17.
A triple from Ann Savage and a three-point-play by Frank, followed by a basket from Meghan Lewis and two free throws from Frank gave Austin College a 58-17 lead less than three minutes into the third quarter. Lewis buried a three and Ally Longaker scored inside to push it to a 66-19 game midway through the period, and Reagan Chiaverini would beat the buzzer to send the ‘Roos into the fourth with a 77-31 cushion.
Austin College took its biggest lead of the game early in the fourth on a basket by Longaker to make it 85-31 with 7:59 left to play, and the ‘Roos would empty the bench the rest of the way, with 17 players all logging minutes in the game. The ‘Roos finished the game shooting 44.2% from the field and came away with 20 steals, while also handing out 23 assists as a team.
Frank hit 10-of-15 shots to get her 26 points and added 10 rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Collins came off the bench to score 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting, and Longaker chipped in 11.
The ‘Roos got scoring contributions from 13 different players, with Addison Walling dishing out seven assists while Savage added six assists and four steals. Lewis finished with nine points and five steals. The 93 points for Austin College are the most by the women’s basketball program since the ‘Roos scored 94 in February of 2005.
Cami Davis led Texas Lutheran with 11 points and added three assists, and Dominique Campos added nine points for the Bulldogs, who turned it over 28 times in the game and shot just 27.3% from the field.
’Roo Men’s Hoops Falls Short in Comeback Bid
SHERMAN, Texas – The Austin College men’s basketball team battled back from a 21-point lead but came up short against Texas Lutheran, falling 79-69 on Sunday afternoon in Hughey Gym. The ‘Roos are now 2-12 overall and 0-3 in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play.
Michael Holland scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Kam Hogan scored all 15 of his points during Austin College’s comeback bid, but key three pointers from Nathan Josephs, Matt Perry, and Jacob Kouremetis kept the ‘Roos at bay down the stretch. The ‘Roos twice got the margin down to seven points in the final minute, but were unable to close the gap.
After a strong start by Austin College put the ‘Roos ahead 7-5 early, TLU pushed ahead to take a 14-9 lead with 14:52 left in the opening half. A Kameron Hill three pulled Austin College even at 20 with 11:29 on the clock, and Texas Lutheran would take a 26-24 lead with 5:57 remaining. However, that’s when the Bulldogs would go on a 17-4 run to close out the first half and head into the break leading 43-28.
Kouremetis knocked down a trey to open the second half and keep the momentum firmly in Texas Lutheran’s favor, and a jumper by Alex Cage gave TLU its largest lead of the game at 54-33 with 16:07 left in the game. The Bulldogs led 56-36 with 14:55 to go, and that’s when Austin College began to chip away at the margin. A quick 12-2 run by the ‘Roos got the lead down to 58-48 with 11:53 to play after a basket by Hogan.
Texas Lutheran was able to get the lead back to 15 at 68-53 with 5:42 left, but six in a row by Austin College cut it to a nine-point game with just over four minutes on the clock. Kouremetis would hit another three to once again give the Bulldogs a double-digit cushion, but Austin College fought back and Hogan’s basket with 54 seconds to play made it 72-65.
However, that’s as close as things would get as Cage and Josephs combined to knock down 7-of-8 free throws in the final seconds to seal the win for the Bulldogs.
Holland hit 11-of-16 shots, including 3-of-5 from deep to get his 26 points, and Hogan added four rebounds, two assists, and two steals to his 15-point performance. Justice Mercadel chipped in with 12 points and nine rebounds for Austin College in the loss.
Cage led the Bulldogs with 20 points, and Josephs added 18 and seven assists. Kouremetis finished with 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc, and Matthew Gillette had 11 boards to lead TLU.