Monday, November 22, 2010

UMSL Men’s Basketball Wins Home Opener, 90-70, Over Victory

ST. LOUIS, MO., November 22, 2010 – Junior Zach Redel scored a career-high 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to help the University of Missouri-St. Louis men’s basketball team to a 90-70 win over Victory University in its home opener Monday night.

Junior Gerald Fulton added a team-best 24 points as the Tritons improve to 2-1 overall. Victory (formerly Crichton College out of Memphis, Tenn.) drops to 3-4. The Eagles were led by Myron Strong’s game-high 35 points.

Junior Justyn Watkins also finished in double figures with 19 points, while junior Justin Hightower finished with 12 rebounds, eight assists and seven points.

UMSL started out cold, connecting on just one of its first 15 shots and found themselves trailing 10-2 four and a half minutes in. A three-point bucket by Watkins then ignited a 24-2 run over an eight-minute span that gave the Tritons a 26-12 lead at the 6:59 mark. Victory followed with an 11-3 run to close the gap at 29-25 with just under four minutes left before UMSL took a 38-33 lead into intermission.

Victory pulled within two twice in the opening minute of the second half, but UMSL was able to answer, pushing the lead back to 53-42 with 16:38 to play. The Eagles would stage one last run, trimming the deficit to 58-56 with 11:28 on the clock, before UMSL out-scored Victory 32-14 to end the game.

The Tritons shot 40.3 percent from the floor, including an even 50 percent in the second half and held a 52-36 rebounding advantage, including a dominating 22-8 edge on the offensive end. UMSL out-scored the Eagles, 25-6, on second chance points and took advantage of 20 Victory miscues, scoring 21 points on the other end. Victory shot 39 percent from the field.

UMSL returns to action next Monday, hosting Lindenwood-Belleville at 7:30 p.m.

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