SHERMAN, Texas — Earlier this season, the Schreiner University men's basketball team probably would have lost a game like Friday's against Southwestern, but now this is a different Mountaineers team.
Jalen Ned grabbed an offensive rebound on his own missed layup for a put-back game-winner at the buzzer against Southwestern in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference quarterfinals, 51-50.
Ned scored five second-half points, but that put-back preserved the Mountaineers season setting up a showdown on Saturday against Trinity, which has beaten Schreiner twice this season.
In 26 games this season, the Mountaineers have played in 15, decided by 10 points or less — compiling a 9-6 record in those games. It was Ned's second buzzer-beating winner of the season.
Neither team shot well, and Schreiner had to rally from a seven-point halftime deficit. However, the Mountaineers played well down the stretch. Fortunately, Southwestern was horrendous in the second half, shooting 14.3% from the field. The only saving grace for the Pirates was they made 9-of-11 free throws.
Schreiner senior Alex Dehoyos scored nine of his 15 points in the second half. First-year standout Kamden Ross pulled down 18 rebounds to go with 10 points. Darian Gibson scored 13 points, hitting the Mountaineers' only 3-pointer in the game.
The Mountaineers now take on Trinity at 2 p.m. in the semifinals.
Schreiner women fall to Austin College
Austin College 69, Schreiner University 55
SHERMAN, Texas — Schreiner University women's basketball season came to an end on Friday night with a loss to host Austin College in the quarterfinals of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships.
The Mountaineers fell behind early, struggled shooting and never recovered against the Kangaroos, who won two-out-of-three games against Schreiner.
Elisa Peralta came off the bench to score a team-high 13 points for the Mountaineers. Austin's starters dominated Schreiner, outscoring the Mountaineers 57-22.
Schreiner shot 26% from the field and just 25% from 3-point range. The loss ends the Mountaineers' season at 13-13 — an impressive effort with the late hire of coach Stacey Stephens, who didn't recruit the team. With exceptions, the bulk of Schreiner's team will return in 2022-2023.