The men’s basketball team defeated Bacone College (BC) 99-80 in a Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) game. The win moves the Saints to 10-1 on the season and 5-0 in the RRAC. The Warriors dropped to 4-10 on the season and 0-5 in conference. The game began with a back and forth pace that saw the lead change six times in the first period. OLLU led by as many as eight points with less than 90 seconds left in the half, but BC was able to cut that in half with the last shot of the half for a halftime score of 44-40. In the second half, the Saints were able to create some separation after shooting 53 percent and great performances from Jeremy Hines and De’Quentin Greer to win by a margin of 19 points 99-80. The Saints will take their unbeaten conference record on the road for a two-game stretch. OLLU will visit Wiley College on Friday, Jan. 16 and Jarvis Christian College on Saturday, Jan. 17. Both games are scheduled for a 7:30 tipoff time. Read full story online.
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The men’s basketball team played a great game to close out its regular season, but LSU-Shreveport pushed through to win 88-84. The Saints finish with a 14-4 Red River Athletic Conference record and 20-10 overall, while the Pilots move to 16-2 in conference and 21-7 overall. The Pilots are the conference regular season champions and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament that begins next week. The Saints will be the No. 3 seed, and they will host No. 6 Bacone (8-10/12-18) on Wednesday, March 5. No. 5 Langston University (9-9/11-15) will host No. 4 Wiley (13-5/22-6). The winner of the lowest remaining seed will play LSU-Shreveport on March 7, while No. 2 University of St. Thomas will play the highest remaining seed. The championship game will take place on March 8 at 4:30 p.m. Both Friday and Saturday games will take place at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas. All Saints’ game will be live streamed. The Pilots shot 50 percent from the field, 44 percent from 3-point range and 75 percent from the free-throw line. Prior to the game, seniors DJ Castro, Mike Willie, Xavier Roberson and Marcus Thompson were honored for playing their last regular season home games. Each received a vase of flowers and a Saints commemorative basket, while family members joined them at mid-court. Read full article online.
The OLLU men’s basketball team won two road games over the weekend. The Saints snuck by Jarvis Christian College 92-90 on Friday and then destroyed Texas College 121-89 on Saturday. The wins improve the Saints record to 13-2 in the Red River Athletic Conference and 19-8 overall. Jarvis drops to 5-12 in conference and 8-15 overall, while Texas College sinks to 3-14 and 7-18 overall. The Saints are one game behind league-leader LSU-Shreveport (14-1/19-6) and one game ahead of the University of St. Thomas (13-4/17-9). Wiley College (10-5/19-6), Langston University (9-8/10-14), Bacone College (8-8/11-16), Huston-Tillotson University (6-10/8-19), Jarvis, Texas, Paul Quinn (1-21) and the University of the Southwest (0-16/2-23) follow. The Saints will return to the road on Tuesday to play Bacone College in Muskogee, Okla. Read full story online.
The men’s basketball team was hoping for a 3-0 road trip this past week, but the Saints blew their chance after losing 109-116 to Louisiana State University – Shreveport on Saturday evening. The loss to the Red River Athletic Conference’s leader dropped the Saints to 5-2 and 10-8 overall, while the Pilots improved to 9-0 and 13-5 overall. The Saints are one game behind second place University of St. Thomas (7-2/11-7) and tied with Wiley College (6-3/14-4). The Saints made just 12-of-43 3-pointers, and the team shot 46 percent from the field and 70 percent from the free-throw line. Xavier Roberson led the Saints in shooting with 34 points, including 11-of-17 from the field, five 3-pointers and 7-of-10 from the free throw line. Brock Hunter followed with 22 points, and CJ Martinez finished with 16 points. The Saints will return home to host Langston University on Friday and Bacone College on Saturday. Read full story online.
Despite leading through most of the game, the Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) men’s basketball team was unable to pull off the win against conference opponent University of St. Thomas last Friday. The Saints lost 74-80. On Saturday, the Saints came back to annihilate Paul Quinn College with a 125-77 win. The Saints are now 6-7 overall and 1-1 in the Red River Athletic Conference. St. Thomas improves to 7-7 overall and 4-2 in conference. Paul Quinn, a member of the Red River but ineligible for the post season, drops to 0-10 overall. Read full story online.
After three weeks since their last game, the Saints finally hit the court this past Saturday only to lose to NCAA D2 University of the Incarnate Word 100-85. The loss drops the Saints to 5-6 overall, while the Cardinals improve to 12-1. Xavier Roberson ended with 23 points for the Saints, including 8-of-22 from the field, 5-of-14 from 3-point range and 2-of-5 from the free-throw line. Christian Wood-Dvorak finished with 13 points, including 4-of-10 from the field, 1-of-3 from 3-point range and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. Dylan Elias scored 12 points, and Brock Hunter, 10 points. Marcus Thompson added eight assists and six steals. The Saints shot 40 percent from the field (29/74), 27 percent from 3-point range (11/40) and 73 percent from the free-throw line. They committed 17 turnovers while forcing 21. The Saints will return to the court on Jan. 10, when they travel to Houston to play the University of St. Thomas. Read complete story online.
A determined OLLU men’s basketball team surprised Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) with a convincing 91-85 win Saturday evening. Despite a less than half-filled Mabee Gym as a result of the end of the semester on Friday, the Saints and the Eagles put on an exciting game featuring the No. 1 ranked NAIA DII team Eagles and the top-rated 3-point shooting team Saints. Head Coach Ryan Wall said, “We played well against a great team. We had lots of energy, especially CJ Martinez. If I had a game ball, I’d give it to him because he played his heart out, throwing his body around diving for balls and scoring a career high 14 points. The rest of the team feeds off that kind of energy, so it was a good performance by everyone.”
The Saints shot 53 percent from the field connecting on 32-of-60, 56 percent from 3-point range making 10-of-18 and 77 percent from the free-throw line making 17-of-22. The Saints ended with 20 turnovers, while forcing 25. Xavier Roberson was the Saints high scorer after he finished with 27 points, 22 of which were scored in the second half. He made 7-of-14 from the field, 4-of-7 from 3-point range and 9-of-9 free throws. Martinez scored a career-high 14 points, including 6-of-10 from the field and 2-of-3 3-pointers. De’Quentin Greer scored 12 points, and Brock Hunter finished with 10 points. In addition, the men beat Southwest last Thursday 102-82. The Saints will have to wait 21 days for their next game. They will play NCAA Division I University of the Incarnate Word on Jan. 4 in San Antonio. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m. Read full story online.
The men’s basketball lost its home opener against NAIA No. 15-ranked MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU) 99-97 before an enthusiastic Mabee Gymnasium. The Saints drop to 1-3, while MNU improves to 6-0. Head Coach Ryan Wall said, “The kids played hard, but we made some mental mistakes and the ball just wasn’t falling in for us when we needed it to. But MidAmerica is a good team with a coach who will be in the Hall of Fame one day. The game was a good practice for us to get ready for conference.” Saints’ senior captain Marcus Thompson scored a career-high 21 points, including 8-of-12 from the field and 5-of-5 from the free throw line. He added eight rebounds, eight assists and two steals. Xavier Roberson scored 29 points consisting of 8-of-12 field goals, 4-of-7 field goals and 9-of-12 free throws. Dylan Elias scored 20 points for the Saints to include 8-of-14 from the field and 4-of-9 from 3-point range. The Saints committed 12 turnovers while forcing 23.
The Saints will return to Mabee Gym next Friday and Saturday to host their third annual Halo Classic. On Nov. 22, Northwood University will face the University of St. Thomas at 5:30 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., the Saints will play Texas Wesleyan University. On Nov. 23, St. Thomas will play Texas Wesleyan and at 4 p.m., the Saints will play Northwood. Read more online.
The men’s basketball opened its season this weekend at the Small College Tip-Off Classic. The NAIA’s No. 24-ranked Saints lost 103-95 to the NAIA’s No. 9-ranked Evangel University and 87-84 to St. Gregory’s University. The Saints will go back on the road to Fort Worth on Nov. 6 to play Texas Wesleyan University in a nonconference game at 7:30 p.m. OLLU will host its next game on Nov. 15 against MidAmerican Nazarene University at 7:30 p.m. Read more online.
The men’s basketball program is in its fifth season, and with just four returning players, the Saints will have an almost entirely new team entering the court, a situation the team has not faced since the start of the program in 2009. The Saints finished last season with an 18-13 overall record and a 14-8 record in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). As the No. 4 seed in the conference, the Saints lost to Texas Wesleyan University, 101-92, in the tournament’s quarterfinal. The Saints have qualified for the playoffs all four years. According to head coach Russell Vanlandingham, the conference had many quality teams last year, with two of them finishing in the top four at the NAIA National Tournament. Read more online.