The men’s basketball team raced past Jarvis Christian College (JCC) 102-80 on Saturday. The Saints jump to 7-9 overall and 2-4 in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). The Bulldogs fall to 4-9 overall and 0-5 in conference matchups.
The Saints were 17-6 against JCC in the all-time series prior to the game today.
The Saints shot extremely well in a convincing win over Jarvis on Saturday afternoon. They rallied behind 63 percent shooting from the field and 6-of-7 three-pointers in the first half. They limited the Bulldogs to 2-of-11 shooting from three-point range and forced five turnovers. Ellis Jones (JR/Houston, Texas) and Ruben Monzon (SR/San Diego, Calif.) had double-digit scoring and Jordan Embry (SR/Paris, Texas) tallied four rebounds prior to halftime. The Saints headed to the locker room with a 48-36 advantage.
OLLU continued to score at will in the second half with 54 points. The Bulldogs improved from the field at 50 percent shooting and 53.8 percent shooting from three-point range. Ten different Saints players tallied at least two points in the second half and Embry added five rebounds to his total. Xavier Purnell (FR/Stafford, Va.) and Jonathan Sanchez (SR/McAllen, Texas) contributed six points each off the bench. The Saints cruised to a 102-80 victory and four players finished with double-digit scoring.
Jones and Monzon led the Saints with 20 points apiece. Embry grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Sanchez and Georges Darwiche (SR/Bucharest, Romania) had three assists each.
JCC was led by Semaj Matthews in all three major categories. He had 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
Inside the box
OLLU combined for 35-of-64 shooting for 54.7 percent, 10-of-14 from three-point range for 71.4 percent and 22-of-26 from the free-throw line for 84.6 percent.
JCC combined for 25-of-53 from the field for 47.2 percent, 9-of-24 three-pointers for 37.5 percent and 21-of-32 from the charity stripe for 65.5 percent.
The Saints grabbed 44 rebounds while the Bulldogs gathered 21. OLLU forced 10 turnovers and committed 11.
The Saints play at Texas A&M University-Texarkana on Jan. 29 at 4 p.m.