Men’s basketball squeezes by Paul Quinn College 70-67

The men’s basketball team earned a 70-67 victory over Paul Quinn College (PQC) on Jan. 5. The Saints improve to 9-6 overall and 4-3 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). The Tigers drop to 5-4 overall and 3-4 in RRAC play.

Head Coach Chris Dial commented, “This was a tough road win in a conference where those aren’t easy to come by. It wasn’t pretty basketball, but I was proud of our effort. We now shift our attention to Saturday.”

The Saints were 20-2 against the Tigers prior to the game.

The Saints snuck by Paul Quinn in a close game on Thursday. OLLU led by four points at halftime and limited the Tigers to under 30 percent shooting from three-point range. The Saints never trailed in the second half, but the Tigers came within one point with 45 seconds remaining. Daniel Helterhoff hit a key jump shot to give the Saints a three-point advantage. The Saints defense stepped up to stop a three-point attempt with time running down to earn the victory. Five OLLU players finished with double digit scoring.

Offensive/defensive standouts
Helterhoff led the Saints with 14 points. Tommie Law grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds and added 13 points for a double-double. Ruben Monzon and Georges Darwiche led the team with three assists each.

Henry Hampton led Paul Quinn with 13 points. Mohammed Bensalah grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds and added 11 points for a double-double. Ja’mere Redus finished with four assists.

Inside the box
OLLU combined for 25-of-54 shooting for 46.3 percent, 9-of-24 from three-point range for 37.5 percent and 11-of-13 from the free-throw line for 84.6 percent. PQC shot 28-of-74 for 37.8 percent, 7-of-27 three pointers for 25.9 percent and 4-of-13 from the free-throw line for 30.8 percent.

The Saints grabbed 44 rebounds while Paul Quinn collected 35.

Up next
The Saints host Huston-Tillotson University on Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m.