Dallas Men Defeat Schreiner in SCAC Quarterfinal Action

Dallas Men Defeat Schreiner in SCAC Quarterfinal Action

SEGUIN, Texas - In a game that featured seven ties and 20 lead changes, it was the University of Dallas that was left standing when the dust cleared as the fifth-seeded Crusaders knocked off fourth-seeded Schreiner University, 68-64, in Friday's first quarterfinal game of the 2019 SCAC Men's Basketball Tournament. Official Tournament WebsitePost-game Interview w/Univ. of Dallas

With 16 seconds remaining, the Mountaineers' Matthew Rindahl was long on a three-pointer from the corner that would have tied the game, and the Crusaders' Michael Wambsganns - after securing the rebound and being fouled - hit one of two free throws to ice the win.

HOW IT HAPPENED
  • Despite outshooting (50.0 to 48.3 percent) and outrebounding (19 to 16) Dallas in the first half, Schreiner trailed 41-40 at the break.
  • The Mountaineers managed just 31.3 percent (10-32) in the second half, compared to 41.7 percent (10-24) for Dallas.
  • The game was well-played with each team committing just 10 turnovers each - well below their respective (16.6 - Dallas; 15.5 - Schreiner) season averages.
  • Neither team had a larger lead than four points throughout the tightly contested quarterfinal.
DALLAS STATISTICAL STANDOUTS
  • Michael Wambsganss: 16 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists
  • Joshua Nunn: 13 points, 3 rebounds
  • John Russell: 11 points, 5 rebounds
SCHREINER STATISTICAL STANDOUTS
  • Matthew Rindahl: 12 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists
  • Chase Pinter: 12 points, 6 rebounds
  • Alex Dehoyos: 13 points, 3 rebounds
NOTABLE
  • Tonight's matchup marked the first time the two have met in the SCAC tournament.
  • With the win, Dallas advances to the semifinal round for the first time since 2015.
  • Dallas is the first fifth seed to beat the fourth seed since the SCAC went to a top six qualification format in 2013.
  • Schreiner had swept the season series - beating the Crusaders on the road, 78-69, on Feb. 9 and at home, 83-62, on Feb. 15. 
  • Schreiner had been in the semifinal round each of the last two years and tonight's loss in the quarterfinals was their first since joining the league in 2014.
  • Schreiner ends its season with a 14-12 record.
UP NEXT
Dallas (10-16) advances to take on Southwestern University tomorrow in the first men's semifinal at 5 p.m. CT. Southwestern enters the tournament as the No. 1 seed with an 11-5 conference mark (14-11 overall). This will mark the first time the two have met in SCAC tournament play.
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