The Austin College men’s basketball team sprinted out to a 17-2 lead and never looked back, topping the Dallas Christian Crusaders for a 72-51 win on Monday night in Hughey Gym. Kola Alade and Scott Straley paced the ’Roos with 14 points each as the team improved to 2-2 on the year.
Dallas Christian scored the first basket of the game but the ’Roos scored 17 unanswered with Kyle Lintelman netting six quick points and Josh Saunders finding Scott Straley under the basket for two straight buckets to highlight the run. After the Crusaders got on the board to make it a 17-4 game, Saunders connected on a triple to make it 20-4 with 9:51 left in the first half.
Adam Bishop hit a three of his own and Kola Alade hit a pull up jumper to push it to a 25-6 lead with 6:11 left before the half, and Taylor Beatty scored four straight to make it 29-10 with just under five minutes to play. Chevis High and Dalon Parker scored back to back buckets to cut it to a 15 point game, but Austin College would answer with a 6-0 run to end the half and head into the locker room leading 35-14. The Crusaders made just 21.4% of their shots in the first half.
In the second half the Crusaders started to chip away at the lead primarily by getting to the free throw line, drawing nine fouls in the first 5:20 of the second half. Over that span Dallas Christian converted 11-of-12 free throws to make it a 17 point game. Straley scored four quick points and Saunders scored on the offensive glass to push it back to a 20 point lead at 52-32 with 11:42 left in the game, but a three pointer by Jon Ramer, two more free throws from Parker and a jumper by Brandon Espinosa trimmed it to a 55-41 game with 9:02 remaining.
Straley countered with a three pointer and a short baby hook to make it 60-41, but seven straight points by the Crusaders made it 60-48 with just over three minutes remaining. However, Nick Wade’s trey from the corner shifted the momentum back to the ’Roos, and after Saunders hit a baseline jumper the ’Roos got free throws from Wade, Alade, Lintelman and Chris Sturtevant to cap off a 12-3 run to end the game.
Alade made 5-of-8 from the field on his way to 14 points and added five assists, while Straley also hit 5-of-8 coming off the bench to match Alade as the team’s leading scorer. Beatty made all five of his field goal attempts to finish with 10 points and five boards. Lintelman added eight points and five assists, Sturtevant had eight points, six boards and three blocks, and Saunders pulled down a game-high 10 boards and added three blocked shots.
Parker made 8-of-10 free throws on his way to a game-high 16 points and added five boards and Espinosa finished with 13. Christian Lawyer came off the bench to score 12 points, all in the second half for the Crusaders.
Austin College kicks off its Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference schedule this weekend when they play host to Southwestern University on Friday with game time set for 6:00 p.m. in Hughey Gym.
Austin College athletic teams participate as a member of the NCAA Division III and the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.