Men’s basketball climbs back to beat Jarvis

The men’s basketball team rallied to defeat Jarvis Christian University (JCU) 67-66 on Saturday. The Saints improve to 5-5 overall and 2-2 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). The Bulldogs drop to 3-5 overall and 1-3 in RRAC play.

Head Coach Chris Dial commented, “We were able to escape with a win today. We are not getting better at the rate we need to. The squad showed some heart and resilience. Playing six games in 12 days is not ideal, but we have to get back to it on another three-game week.”

The Saints were 17-6 against the Bulldogs prior to the game.

Offensive/defensive standouts
Ruben Monzon led the Saints with 12 points. Monzon also had a team-high 11 rebounds to earn a double-double. Georges Darwiche led the team with six assists.

James Phillip Russell led Jarvis with 13 points. Iversyn Smith grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Jakari Jackson had seven assists.

Inside the box
OLLU combined for 27-of-67 shooting for 40.3 percent, 11-of-35 from three-point range for 31.4 percent and 2-of-6 from the free-throw line for 33.3 percent. Jarvis shot 24-of-57 for 42.1 percent, 8-of-24 three pointers for 33.3 percent and 10-of-13 from the free-throw line for 76.9 percent.

The Saints grabbed 38 rebounds while Jarvis collected 35. OLLU forced 20 turnovers and committed 17.

Up next
The Saints host Mount Vernon Nazarene tomorrow at 4 p.m.