Closing out a Red River Athletic Conference
opponent, the University of St. Thomas men’s basketball team
defeated Huston-Tillotson University, 79-66, on Jan. 8 in Jerabeck Gym. The Celts served Huston-Tillotson their seventh loss in a row.
St. Thomas went to work on the Rams and jumped out to an 8-2 lead. Huston-Tillotson had a different plan and forced nine UST turnovers in the first half. The Rams led 36-33 going into halftime.
Junior Henoc Jean
sparked UST in the second half by scoring the first 5 points giving St. Thomas the lead. Overcoming eight lead changes in six minutes, the Celts built a cushion and eventually got up by 9 points with a score of 62-53. The final score was the largest lead of the entire night.
Junior Bryan Kaase
led UST with 22 points. Senior Caleb Williams
had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Senior point guard Travis Lampley
, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics leader in assists per game
, had 11 assists for the night. Deric Dudley
had 13 points, and Jean added 10 for the game. Huston-Tillotson was led by Demetrius Smith, who had 19 points and 13 rebounds.
The victory progresses St. Thomas to 9-4 overall, 4-1 at home and 5-3 in the RRAC. It is also the fourth win out of the last five games for the Celts.
Next up is a trip to Langston University with the RRAC contest tipping off at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 10 in Langston, Okla.
--- Pictured: Henoc Jean