Roos win home opener

11-26-07 - Kola Alade scored 21 points and 10 members of the Austin College men’s basketball team got into the scoring column as the ’Roos won their home opener 85-72 against Dallas Christian College on Monday night in Hughey Gymnasium. Austin College is now 2-2 on the season.

Austin College got out to an early 10-6 lead behind threes from Terrance Teague and Alade, and after the Crusaders fought back to make it 12-10 with 14:34 to play the ’Roos used a 14-3 run to take a 26-13 lead with 11:42 before the half. Nick Wade hit a pair of triples and Adam Bishop and Teague each added threes during the run.

After Dallas Christian chipped away to get it back to 26-19, Austin College responded with a 14-4 run punctuated by a pair of threes from Kyle Lintelman and Teague and an emphatic dunk by Spencer Burke to make it 38-23 with six minutes left in the half, and the ’Roos were able to take a 45-32 lead heading into the break.

The two teams traded baskets early on as the ’Roos took a 49-36 lead with 18:40 left in the game, but a Marc Nickell three started a 21-8 run with with 18:09 to play and Nickell finished it off with another trey with 10:04 remaining to give Austin College its largest lead of the game at 70-47.

Five quick points from Christian Lawyer cut it to a 73-57 deficit, but Alade scored in the lane and then found Burke for an alley-oop slam at the 5:57 mark to make it a 77-57 game. The Crusaders managed to cut it to an 83-72 game on a three by Stephen Mawire with eight seconds to play, but Lintelman knocked down a pair of free throws to make it an 85-72 final.

Alade made 9-of-17 shots from the floor and handed out a team-best five assists and added two blocks. Lintelman finished with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting and grabbed five rebounds, all on the offensive glass. Teague scored 13 points and added four assists, and Burke finished with eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

As a team, the ’Roos hit 11 triples and out rebounded the Crusaders 44-35 while boasting an assist-to-turnover ratio of 23-10.

Brandon Dewalt led the Crusaders with 19 points and 10 rebounds on 7-of-9 shooting, and Lawyer and Chevis High each scored 18 points. Lawyer had a game-high eight assists and High added seven boards. Mawire rounded out the double digit scorers with 10 points.