PREVIEW: Men's Basketball at Fontbonne University (11/25) | Illinois College (11/26)

Crusaders conclude early season road trip with pair of weekend contests in the Midwest.
Crusaders conclude early season road trip with pair of weekend contests in the Midwest.


(at Fontbonne University)



(at Illinois College)



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The University of Dallas men's basketball team continues a three-game road trip this week. On Saturday, the Crusaders are at Fontbonne University for a 7 p.m. tip-off. The next day, UD is at Illinois College with a 1 p.m. start that will conclude the Midwest road dates.

Dallas (2-0) has won its first pair of contests in the young season and are coming off a 90-76 victory at Hendrix College on Tuesday. The Crusaders shot over 60-percent from the field and had five players reach double-digits. Michael Wambsganss (Denver, Colo.) led that group with 20 points in his second collegiate game.


- Wambsganss shot 6-of-9 from behind the three-point arc and was 4-for-5 in the first half. Wambsganss is the first player since Tanner Bruffrey in 2012-13 to make at least that same amount from deep. Bruffey achieved the feat most recently at Trinity University (Feb. 16) with a 7-for-12 result. Earlier that same campaign, the senior went 6-of-10 versus Colorado College (Jan. 12).

- The last three seasons, Dallas has had one player make five three-pointers in a contest. Last year, Lorenzo Gonzalez (5-8) did it at Trinity University (Jan. 28, 2017). Sean Bambace (5-7) notched an individual-high from downtown on his "Senior Day" against Southwestern University (Feb. 13, 2016). Victor Garate (5-6) and Michael Sarrat (5-9) respectively did it in 2014-15 at Schreiner University and versus Southwestern Adventist University.

- Including Wambsganss, three of the last four players with a single-game high of treys in a season wore the number 10.

- Darrius Colvin (Waco, Texas) and Spencer Levi (St. Louis, Mo.) have reached double figures in points the first two contests and rank atop the squad in points-per-game (ppg) with 18.0 and 17.5, respectively.

- The Crusaders have edged their opposition in rebounds 77-59 so far.


- UD Season Stats

- Fontbonne Season Stats

- Illinois College Season Stats

- The Crusaders defeated Illinois College in their only previous meeting all-time. That final result was 80-66 at the Maher Center and was part of UD's 8-1 (2nd best start in program history) opening record in 2014-15. Only Emmanuel Calton (Keller, Texas) and Solomon Berezin (League City, Texas) remain on the roster that played in that matchup.

- Dallas is 0-1 versus Fontbonne University, with the only game between these programs happening on the road on November 29th, 2002. UD fell 93-86.


(Fontbonne University)

- The Griffins are 0-2 this season. They fell 102-87 on Tuesday at Oakland City.

- Fontbonne hosts the Crusaders for its home opener on Saturday. 24 hours prior to that tip, the Griffins will be at Eastern Illinois for an exhibition.

- Thomas Ritter is averaging 19.5 points (39 total) in two contests and has shot 62.5 percent (15-24) from the field in those games. He is also 8-of-15 from distance.

- Tristan Baker is second on the team averaging 4.5 rebounds and has dished seven assists (3.5).

- The Griffins went 3-22 overall last year and were 3-15 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC).

(Illinois College)

- The Blueboys are 2-0 on the season with both at the home confines last weekend in the Bill Merris Tournament. After an 85-82 overtime triumph in the opener, IC defeated Dominican University 90-71.

- Illinois College will play at Quincy University in an exhibition on Friday before continuing its regular season home stretch with the Crusaders.

- IC holds a 78-65 edge in rebounds and 33-20 advantage in assists against opponents.

- In two games, the Blueboys are shooting 46.8 percent from the floor.

- Brady Hays and Mason Speer are the top two scorers for IC with 37 and 35 points, respectively. Sean McDonald leads a trio of players in double-digits for rebounds with 18.


Dallas returns to the Maher Center to start a four-game home stand. On Nov. 30th, the Crusaders host University of the Ozarks at 7:30 p.m. The next calendar month starts on December 2nd with Johnson & Wales University at 3 p.m.