SAN ANTONIO — Schreiner dominated the final eight minutes by a margin of 31-7 to score a come-from-behind 77-62 win over Ripon on Saturday at the Trinity Classic. The Mountaineers and Red Hawks were tied at the break, 31-all, but that’s when the wild ride began.
Ripon scored the first eight points of the second half and built the lead up to as many as 12 at the 14:29 mark when the score was 45-33. The lead was still 11 three minutes later at 48-37 in favor of RC. A three-pointer by junior Jared Thompson got the margin back to single digits shortly after. SU caught and passed RC on a layup by Thompson with 5:09 to go, 57-55, in the middle of what became an 18-2 run that put Schreiner up 65-56 with just over three minutes on the clock. The Mountaineers converted 9-of-10 free throws in the final minutes to close out the win.
Junior Wes Miller led the way and scored 17 points for the second straight game.
Thompson came off the bench to chip in 15 with five rebounds. Sophomore Blake Kelley scored 10 points. Junior Phillip Kee pulled down seven rebounds. SU help Ripon to 37 percent from the field and out-rebounded them 33-to-25. SU’s bench came up huge to the tune of 42 points while Ripon’s contributed 20.
SU now takes time off for the holidays and gets to come back home for a pair of games right before the year ends. It will be the first time back in front of the home fans since Nov. 14 which was the opening game. Schreiner will play Wisconsin-Platteville at Stephens Family Arena on Dec. 30 at 4 p.m.
SU ladies come
up short in fourth
Hendrix used an 18-5 run in the fourth quarter to turn a tie game into a comfortable 69-59 win over Schreiner in women’s basketball action on Saturday.
For three quarters, the Mountaineers were right with Hendrix as the two teams were tied 45-45 heading into the final 10 minutes. A cold shooting streak showed up at a inopportune time for SU and Hendrix also took advantage of numerous fouls and free throw chances to pull away.
While Schreiner had success creating turnovers (11 steals) and did well managing its possessions (only 10 turnovers), Hendrix had a huge advantage in rebounding (46-to-32) and kept SU to just 30 percent shooting in the second half. The Mountaineers managed just 56 percent free throw shooting as well.
Senior Kelsie Jackson scored 12 points, sophomore Jordyn Villa totaled 11 and junior Sabriyyah Fennell added 10 points and six rebounds.
Schreiner will get another chance to record its first home win of the season in the Stephens Family Arena on Dec. 30 vs. Concordia-TX at 6 p.m.