Schreiner University men's basketball coach Marwan Elrakawaby doesn't want to hear about all of the close games his team has played in, and after Friday night's impressive 25-point rout of visiting Colorado College, who can blame him.
The Mountaineers played, arguably, their best basketball of the season with the 90-65 win over the Tigers. Their reward? How about first-place in the SCAC. That's right. The picked-to-finish-last Mountaineers are in a tie for first place after Texas Lutheran and St. Thomas suffered defeats on Friday night.
"We are just playing well together," said Schreiner senior and captain Alex DeHoyos, who scored 16 points. "We have that confidence in each other."
The victory was Schreiner's sixth straight — all in the conference — and the Mountaineers are now 6-2 in SCAC play and 8-9 overall. The win was the biggest margin of victory and the most points scored by the Mountaineers this season.
This was a game that was never close. Schreiner dominated. The Mountaineers, who have struggled to shoot well at home, shot 52% from the field, made 11 3-pointers and built leads as large as 30 points in the second half.
"It was a complete game," Elrakawaby said. "You know they defended well. We will look at the film, we will figure some things out."
Schreiner outrebounded the Tigers 47-33 and they held them to just 30% shooting while also limiting them to 10 3-point attempts.
Schreiner forward Kamden Ross continued his run of strong games with 16 points and a team-high 14 rebounds. However, it was the bench that did a lot of the heavy lifting, and Dylan Mackey turned in a season-best night with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Mountaineers.
Schreiner's Dylan Mackey attacks the rim for 2 of his season-high 13 points.
Leading 45-36 with 15:51 left in the game, Schreiner began to dismantle the Tigers when Ross made a block that led to a Mackey 3-pointer. On Schreiner's next possession, Dehoyos drove for a layup on an assist from Reid Jackson.
That little 5-0 spurt would turn into an 11-0 run that blew the game wide open for Schreiner.