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The University of Dallas men's basketball team finishes up its home portion of the 2018-19 season schedule this week. The trio of matchups begins on Tuesday with Centenary College at 7:30 p.m. after the women's game.
This contest pits two teams with identical records at 9-11 overall and 6-5 in the conference. Each are also 8-3 in the 2019 part of their seasons. Both squads are locked in a battle with the number three and four seeds, with Centenary holding the tiebreaker due to winning the earlier meeting this season.
Dallas has won two straight and started its long home stand with a convincing 89-70 victory that saw 18 different players appear. The team made a season-best 35 field goals and shot 50 percent in the first half, as a quintet of players scored double figures.
THREE THINGS TO KNOW FOR UD
- Michael Wambsganss (Denver, Colo.) has scored double figures in eight of the last 11 games. Dallas is 8-1 in games he has reached the double-digit points total and 8-3 overall in that span.
- The team has grabbed at least 40 rebounds in the last four games.
- Logan Fruhwirth (Waynesville, Ohio) continues to hold the top spot in the league for three-point percentage with a 48.9-clip.
SAAC CHANGE FOR CHANGE
Dallas' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be at all the University of Dallas home events this week collecting as much change as possible to donate to the annual SCAC "Change For The Better" campaign. This contest allows each SCAC member institution to collect as much change as possible from fans, parents, and students in support of a chosen charity the league is partnered with. The SCAC will be donating all proceeds to the Special Olympics.
SAAC will also be the weekend basketball games on Feb. 8 (5:30 p.m. | 7:30 p.m.) and Feb. 9 (4 p.m. | 6 p.m.). The group also will attend the women's lacrosse match at 1 p.m. on the 9th.
BY THE NUMBERS
- These teams met to open SCAC play in December, with the Gents winning 57-39.
- Fruhwirth had 13 points and John Russell (Bossier City, La.) added 11 points and six boards.
- Kaharri Carter led Centenary with 17 points and six rebounds. Treylan Matthews (13) and Ty Prince (11) had double-digit games and matched the game-high six boards.
- Dallas ended a four-game head-to-head losing streak with the Gents last year in the Maher Center. That final score was 83-78. Centenary's Cedric Harris had 26 points.
- These teams met this time a year ago with identical amount of games remaining on the schedule and shared the same conference record at the time (5-4). Centenary won the Gold Dome meeting 86-78.
SCOUTING THE GENTS
- The Gents dropped a 75-73 outing at Trinity on Saturday.
- Matthews is averaging 15.2 points for fifth in the SCAC and is shooting 39.1 percent from three and is also fifth in the conference for that category.
- Harris is averaging 18.5 points in 11 games this season and won the SCAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week last week.
- Harris, Matthews, Prince, and Carter are averaging double-digits and have scored the majority of the team's 69.3 points-per-game.
- The Maroon and White have the top scoring defense in the league holding opponents to 67.3 points a contest.
Dallas closes the home schedule with first place Texas Lutheran University on Feb. 8 and last year's SCAC Champion Schreiner University on Feb. 9.