SHERMAN, Texas — Reid Jackson scored a season-high 18 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead the Schreiner University men’s basketball team to a 79-60 victory over host Austin College on Friday afternoon.
The Mountaineers blew open a tight game with a second-half surge that was powered by strong defense and one of the best shooting performances of the season. Schreiner shot 53% from the field and 53% from 3-point range in the second half.
However, it was the defensive pressure that impressed Schreiner coach Marwan Elrakawaby, whose team is now 7-3 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference and 9-10 overall.
“When we really connect on defense things go right,” Elrakawaby said. “I thought it was one of our better defensive performances. Those are the things we talk about.”
Schreiner limited the Kangaroos to 38% from the field and it was the Mountaineers’ fourth win of the season when they limited an opponent to 60 points or less.
Friday night’s game was Jackson’s second consecutive with four 3-pointers, and Elrakawaby said his teammates kept looking for him to take open looks. It paid off.
“Credit to (Reid’s) teammates because all of his 3s were assisted,” Elrakwaby said.
The Mountaineers also put some sizzle into the game with four dunks, including three from Kamden Ross. Jackson had a jam as well.
Ross finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Bronson Evans came off the bench for 12 points and 11 rebounds. Ross has seven double-doubles this season and has had 10 rebounds or more in the last five games.
The big plus was the long-range play from Darrian Gibson, who connected on three 3-pointers, and who scored 15 points — his best scoring effort since Dec. 31.
Now comes a road trip to Shreveport, La., on Sunday to face surging Centenary College, which has won two consecutive games heading into the matchup. Centenary is 5-4 in conference play and is in fourth place.
Schreiner women drop crucial game
Austin College 83, Schreiner University 76
SHERMAN, Texas — Schreiner University women found themselves in an early hole on Friday afternoon and fell against host Austin College, 83-76.
The loss snapped Schreiner’s two-game winning streak and dropped them down a spot in the race for seeding in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament. The loss also spoiled a 17-point performance from reserve guard Elisa Peralta, who turned in a season-best performance.
The Mountaineers were down 48-39 at halftime and mounted a furious third-quarter rally. The Mountaineers cut the lead to 56-54 on a Nariyah Buggs jumper in the final minute of the third quarter. Peralta scored 12 of her points in the fourth quarter as the Mountaineers continued to battle.
Demauria Miles scored 14 points for the Mountaineers.