Southwestern uses Big 2nd Half Run to Sink Crusaders Friday

Colvin made several highlight reel plays Friday that helped lead to 16 pts.
Colvin made several highlight reel plays Friday that helped lead to 16 pts.

IRVING, Texas – A big second half run was too much for the University of Dallas men's basketball team (5-6, 0-2 SCAC) on Friday against Southwestern University (6-6, 1-0 SCAC) in an 85-73 setback. This included the guests outscoring UD 52-41 in the final stanza. It is also the Crusaders first loss at home this season, moving to 3-1. 

NOTABLE STATS

(Individual Notes)

- Prince Giadolor (Rockwall, Texas) notched a team-high 17 points. This is the 5th straight contest and 8th overall the sophomore has recorded double figures in this category.

- Darrius Colvin (Waco, Texas) followed closely at 16 points. That is his 9th game to break double-digits.

- The team's top scoring tandem copied each other at 8-of-16 shooting from the field. Colvin garnered five rebounds, while a quartet of players all collected four apiece.

- Michael Sarrat (Colleyville, Texas) completed the top trio of double figure scorers with 12 points. He had both of the Crusaders only pair of three-pointers this night.

- Lorenzo Gonzalez (San Antonio, Texas) and Giadolor each dished four assists, which combined for all but two to the team's 10 total.

- Zach Whitlock and Ben Stiver tied the Pirates with 22 points each for game-highs. Whitlock missed a double-double by one rebound, but still registered a game-high of nine. Luke Hicks added 11 from the bench along with Stiver; who did not miss going 7-for-7 in field goals (6-6 3FG).

(Team Notes)

- Southwestern outshot the Crusaders 49.2 percent (32-65) to 45.3 percent (29-64). Both teams sank 13 free throws, with the home side earning an extra attempt at 20.

- The Pirates pulled down 41 rebounds compared to 30 for UD. Assists also was a double-digit differential in favor of SU, 20-10.

- Despite being outdone 18-12 in turnovers, the Crusaders totaled a 20-19 advantage in points from the miscues. The home squad also swiped 10 steals, which gives them double-digits in that column in the last trio of matchups, which all have been in the Maher Center. 

- Dallas also enjoyed a 46-38 edge with points in the paint, and 15-2 edge in second chance points.

- Southwestern raced away on fastbreak points 17-2, and the bench combined for a 47-14 edge in points scored.

HOW IT HAPPENED

It took 45 seconds for the Crusaders to get on the board with Colvin completing an alley-hoop tip-in from Gonzalez. The point guard that dished the assist had a steal 15 seconds prior before the sequence. Southwestern's Whitlock tied the game with a jump shot at 18:21. A little over two minutes later, Hicks popped a trifecta for the Pirates' first lead of the game and then a jumper a minute later stretched the edge to 7-4. On the next possession, UD's Calvin scored his third field goal for all the points on the Navy and White's side of the scoreboard so far.

With 12:39 left until halftime, Emmanuel Calton (Keller, Texas) knotted the game with a layup and then he lifted Dallas in front on a jumper two possessions later. Stiver got the Gold and Black back on top with the first of two treys in a row. The Crusaders countered with six unanswered point to go up 17-15. Tom Kaiser (Nashville, Tenn.) put the go-ahead bucket at the time in then, but the remaining 8:35 was a bunch of traded points that helped reflect the 19 lead changes and 10 ties in the final box. Sarrat sent UD up 30-28 with 1:42 remaining on his first trifecta. Stiver responded with a triple of his own and the Pirates went up going into intermission. A missed Dallas jumper gave Connor Kim an opportunity for a jumper that pushed the margin to three. Gonzalez drained both free throws and the Crusaders were down 33-32 at half.

Giadolor got the home team up on a jumper a little over a minute in the next frame. He had 14 points in the second half. Southwestern responded with Molina scoring on back-to-back field goals that had a UD turnover in between. A few plays later, Sarrat dialed his other three of the contest to knot the scoreboard at 39 with about four minutes gone by. Each team had a few little bursts, but Dallas had its final one with a Giadolor jump shot and Kaiser layup putting the team up 46-43 with 13:07 left.

It became all Pirates next as Stiver downed a trey on the next shot to tie it a final time and spark 11 straight points. Whitlock swatted a block on the UD's next chance of scoring and had three during that streak. The Crusaders also had a turnover but then forced one back on a steal themselves on the next play but came up empty at the line when getting fouled. Southwestern eventually ballooned the lead to 17 on a 25-5 scoring swing.

Dallas kept trying to claw back in the last five minutes from that juncture, but it was too wide of a deficit to overcome. Colvin did slam down a furious dunk outside the left block over a Pirate to get UD within 10 (79-69). But Southwestern was unfazed securing a triumph in its conference opener. 

UP NEXT

Dallas hosts Texas Lutheran University at 22 p.m. on Sunday to end the season-long, four-game home stand.