(San Antonio, Kerrville) – Texas Lutheran men’s basketball dropped into a sixth-place tie in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference standings over the weekend with a pair of tightly contested road losses, 76-68 to Trinity on Friday in San Antonio, and 83-81 to Schreiner on Saturday in Kerrville.
Trinity used a late second-half 16-0 run to hand TLU the eight-point loss Friday in Calgaard Gym.
TLU held a 57-53 lead with 6:29 to play in the game, but the Tigers held the Bulldogs scoreless over the next five minutes to establish a 12-point lead, 69-57 with less than two minutes to play.
The Bulldogs pulled within six points with 1:01 remaining, but TLU could close no further.
TLU held a 30-28 lead at the half. Trinity out-scored TLU 48-38 in the second half.
The Tigers made 17 second-half field goals and shot 48.6 percent from the field over the final 20 minutes.
TLU junior shooting guard Jacob Kouremetis led the Bulldogs with 18 points. Kouremetis hit four three-pointers and went 6-for-7 at the foul line.
Jackson Willoughby added 12 points and four rebounds. Matthew Gillette and Shawn Hamilton each pulled down seven rebounds.
Nathan Josephs, TLU's leading scorer, was held to six points. He dished out six assists and had three rebounds.
Danny Rivara, who missed the first TLU-Trinity game due to illness, led the Tigers with 22 points and six rebounds. He also had four blocks.
Isaiah Specks had 18 points and five rebounds off the Tiger bench to help Trinity sweep the regular-season series with TLU.
Schreiner kept its hold on the SCAC lead and won its eighth straight with an 83-81 home win over TLU Saturday afternoon in SU's Stephens Family Arena.
Schreiner improved to 12-9 overall and to 9-1 in the SCAC. TLU fell to 8-14 overall and to 4-7 in the SCAC. The Bulldogs are tied with Southwestern for sixth place in the conference standings. Only the top six teams qualify for the SCAC tournament, coming up Feb. 23-25 in Colorado Springs.
Schreiner swept both ends of the regular-season, home-and-home series with the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs put four players into double figures against the Mountaineers. Nathan Josephs led TLU with 18. The junior point guard added four assists and four rebounds.
Sebastian Andrade and Jacob Kouremetis each scored 13, and Shawn Hamilton pitched in 10 points and six rebounds off the TLU bench.
The Bulldogs trailed eight, 42-34 at the half, despite shooting 48.1 percent from the field.
TLU out-scored Schreiner 47-41 in the second half, and the game was close into the final seconds, with TLU often trailing by less than four points in the closing possessions.
TLU's overall shooting trailed off in the second half, but the Bulldogs found success at the three-point line. TLU hit eight three-pointers out of 17 attempts from the arc in the second half.
Keenan Gumbs led Schreiner with 31 points. He made 10 of his 11 shots and 10 of his 13 free throw attempts. Gumbs also grabbed 11 rebounds.
TLU returns home this weekend for games against Centenary (La.) on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Austin College on Saturday at 4:00. Friday’s game against Centenary will air live on KWED 1580 AM and Seguintoday.com, with streaming video at tlubulldogs.com.