Preview: TLU hosts Dallas in SCAC hoops doubleheader, tonight’s games to air on KWED
Posted on 1/26/2018 5:00:00 AM.
Matthew Gillette and the rest of the TLU frontcourt will try to slow down Dallas’s freshman post Spencer Levi (18.8 ppg, 11.2 reb.) in tonight’s SCAC contest at Memorial Gym.  
(Seguin) – The Texas Lutheran men’s basketball team chases its third straight Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference win and a regular season sweep of the University of Dallas when the teams square off tonight at TLU’s Memorial Gym in Seguin.

The Bulldogs are 3-3 in the SCAC, 7-10 overall in Mike Wacker’s second season as head coach after sweeping a conference road trip last weekend, including a 68-52 victory over Dallas in Irving on Friday. TLU closed the trip with a 74-72 win at Colorado College on Sunday.

Dallas followed Friday’s loss to TLU with a 95-88 setback to Southwestern on Sunday. The Crusaders, led by 10th-year head coach Jared Samples, enter tonight with a 3-4 SCAC record and a 9-8 overall mark.

Dallas has been one of the most efficient offensive teams in the SCAC this season, leading the conference in assists (17.3) and field goal percentage (.469). A major factor in that efficiency has been the dominant low post play of 6’7” freshman Spencer Levi. He ranks fourth in the SCAC in scoring (18.8) and leads the conference in rebounding (11.2), blocked shots (2.8) and field goal percentage (.717). Levi produced 14 points and 10 rebounds against TLU last Friday.

The Crusaders’ other primary weapons include 6’4” junior guard Darius Colvin, who averages 16.2 points and 3.6 assists per game, and 6’3” freshman guard Michael Wambsganss, who has hit 40.2 percent of his threes and notched a 12.3 scoring average in his first season of college basketball. Holding Colvin and Wambsganns to a combined 19 points on 7-19 shooting was a big defensive key for TLU in the win over Dallas last week.

The Bulldogs hope for another strong outing from junior point guard Nathan Josephs against the Crusaders tonight. The Texas State transfer pumped in 18 points, made all 10 of his free throws, and dished out four assists in the first meeting. Josephs enters the rematch averaging 17.2 points (5th SCAC) and 3.7 assists (4th), and he owns the top free throw percentage in the conference at .892.

TLU also received a season-high 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting from three-point range from reserve guard Matthew Perry in the win over Dallas last Friday. That performance made up for relatively quiet games by Bulldog starters other than Josephs. In addition to Perry, TLU can turn to freshman Sebastian Andrade (.423) and sophomore Jacob Kouremetis (.386) for reliable three-point shooting

The women’s matchup in the second game of tonight’s doubleheader pits a 6-11 TLU team with a 2-4 SCAC record in Mel Dixon’s sixth season as head coach against a 7-11 Dallas bunch with a 1-6 conference mark under first-year head coach Lacey Burns.

The Bulldogs outlasted Dallas 58-48 in Irving last Friday before losing the second game of the road trip to Colorado College 84-77 on Sunday. After falling to TLU, the Crusaders dropped their third straight in a 66-56 loss to Southwestern on Sunday.

A pair of junior transfers, guard Cami Davis and forward Presley Stephens, led TLU with 16 points apiece in the win over Dallas last Friday. Davis, the former Marion High School standout who joined the Bulldogs this season after two years at UT-Tyler, followed with a 23-point outing in Sunday’s loss to Colorado College. She leads the Bulldogs and ranks fourth in the SCAC with a 15.6 scoring average, and leads the conference in free throw percentage (.833). Sophomore guard Dominique Campos matched Davis’s point total with a career-high 23 in the loss to Colorado College.

Dallas seeks improved offensive efficiency against TLU tonight after shooting just 29 percent and committing 20 turnovers in the first meeting last Friday. Michelle DeCoud, a 5’11” senior, was a bright spot for the Crusaders with 17 points, eight rebounds, and four assists, and she’s been one of the SCAC’s best players this season. DeCoud is the second leading scorer in the conference (18.1), the top rebounder (9.0), ranks second in blocked shots (1.6), and fourth in field goal percentage (.481).

DeCoud hasn’t received much help from the Crusaders’ perimeter players. As a team, Dallas ranks last in the SCAC in field goal percentage (.339) and seventh among eight teams in three-point shooting (.249).

Tonight’s TLU – Dallas doubleheader begins with the men’s game at 5:30, and the women follow at 7:30. Both contests will air live on KWED 1580 AM and, with streaming video available at Pre-game coverage starts at 5:20.

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