Over fifth Block Break the Colorado College men’s basketball team traveled down to Irving, Texas to wrap up the regular season with one last conference game against the University of Dallas. The Tiger’s had a comfortable win against the Crusaders early on in the season, but were fully expecting to have to compete with the contest being the Crusaders’ last home game. Thankfully, the Tiger’s buckled down in the second half, pulling out a 65-60 victory.
“The second half of the game was big for our defense, which really allowed our offense to get comfortable and back into sync,” said junior forward Chris Martin.
Part of the team’s victory can be attributed to an incredible display by junior guard Eric Houska, who after Saturday’s performance has now become just the third Tiger in school history to record 400 points and 100 assists in a single season. He joined Verdel Baskin and Ryan Milne, who each accomplished the feat twice.
“It really is awesome and such an honor to be in the same group as those guys,” said Houska about reaching the milestone. “Moving to point guard this year has been huge, being able to get more assists and have a little more ball control.”
Both Houska and junior center John Hatch reached the 400-point plateau this season, which marks the eighth time in program history two players reached the milestone in the same season. The last duo to do so was Ryan Milne (480) and Chris Lesnansky (408) during their 2013-14 campaign. Houska finished the regular season with 125 assists, which ties him for fifth with CC’s single-season record.
“To win the last conference game and get the two seed was big,” said Houska. “Its definitely good to see the team coming together well at the end of the season.”
Hatch recorded eight points against Dallas to further his points tally to 437, leading the team. Junior forward Ryan Young also posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The Tigers improved to 11-14 overall and 10-4 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. CC earned a first-round by in the SCAC conference postseason tournament by keeping their second seed.
The fourth and fifth seed teams will play tonight followed by the third and fourth seeds. The Tigers will wait to see who they face in the semifinals on Saturday, and the conference championship will tip off on Sunday.