AC Men and Women fall to UT-Dallas

’Roo Men’s Hoops Edged by UT-Dallas

The Austin College men’s basketball team came storming back from an 11 point halftime deficit thanks to 56% shooting in the second half but were unable to completely close the gap, falling 67-62 to the University of Texas-Dallas on Monday night in Hughey Gym. The ‘Roos are now 6-6 overall this season with the loss.

The Comets grabbed the lead right out of the gates, and every time the ‘Roos would manage to chip away UTD would answer with a key basket to stop the Austin College momentum. After an Antoine Thompson basket cut the UTD lead to 10-9 early, Greg Chiasson knocked down a three to push it to a 13-9 game with 12:32 left in the half, and the Comets would push the lead to 31-16 five minutes later.

After a pair of free throws by Ransom Okpala, the Comets extended to their largest lead of the game at 35-18 with 5:57 left on the clock but the ‘Roos would answer with a 9-0 run to narrow it to a 35-27 game. However, the Comets once again answered with a big basket, this time a three pointer from Kyle Schleigh with 24 seconds to go to send UTD into halftime leading 38-27.

The second half proved to be a game of runs, with Austin College opening things up with a 10-0 run to cut the deficit to 38-37, but UTD answered with a 13-3 run to push the lead back to double digits at 51-40, capping the run with a three from Scott Hurley at the 12:15 mark. The ‘Roos came back with an 8-0 run highlighted by a breakaway dunk by Walter Phillips as they closed the gap to 51-48 with just under 10 minutes left to play, but once again the Comets responded with six straight points to take a 57-48 lead just over a minute later.

The ‘Roos cut the lead to four three more times and a long three from Okpala got them as close as 65-62 with four seconds remaining, but Chiasson knocked down a pair of free throws with two seconds left to seal the game for UTD.

Okpala made 4-of-7 threes on his way to a game-high 17 points and Saunders and Phillips each chipped in with 11, while Thompson added 10 off the bench to lead the ‘Roos offensively. Schleigh led UTD with 16 points, 12 rebounds and six assists and Chiasson scored 15 as the Comets made 18-of-19 free throws in the game.

Austin College will be looking to rebound this weekend when they host a pair of Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference foes, starting with Colorado College at 8:00 p.m. on Friday and wrapping up the weekend with a 3:00 p.m. tilt against Hendrix College on Sunday.


UTD Too Much for ’Roo Women’s Hoops

SHERMAN, Texas – The University of Texas-Dallas owned a 50-28 advantage on the boards and limited the Austin College women’s basketball team to 25% shooting for the game on their way to handing the ’Roos a 71-37 loss on Monday night in Hughey Gym. The ‘Roos are now 1-11 on the season with the defeat.

The Comets sprinted out to a 13-2 lead in the game’s first five minutes as the ‘Roos came out of the gate cold from the field, getting just one field goal in the first 10 minutes of the game. Lexi Beeson broke the slump with a three pointer to make it a 14-7 game with 9:10 left in the opening half, but after a layup by Kersti Marusich cut it to 16-9, the Comets closed the half on a 23-7 run to take a 39-16 edge into the locker room.

UTD scored the first 10 points of the second half to push the lead to 49-16 before a free throw from Christina Kime ended the scoreless drought to make it 49-17 with 15:41 left, but once again the Comets proved to be too much for the ‘Roos by responding with a 10-2 run to push the margin to 59-19 with 12:16 showing on the clock.

A three pointer from Angeleena Young capped off a small run by the ‘Roos as they trimmed the deficit to 61-27 with 10:26 to play, but Austin College would go without a point for nearly seven minutes until Nikki Kincaid scored with just over three minutes left to make it a 69-29 game. UTD took its largest lead of the game at 71-29 before the ‘Roos scored the final eight points to make it a 71-37 final.

Kime and Marusich each scored seven points to lead Austin College offensively and Jenna Longo grabbed a team-best six rebounds in the loss. The Comets were led by Lyndsey Smith, who scored 15 points and added five rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Austin College gets back into action this weekend when they host Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Colorado College on Friday at 6:00 p.m.

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