Four Rattlers Look to Keep Rolling Against TAMIU, St. Edward’s: With wins in 10 of the last 13 games, St. Mary’s has already clinched a berth in the Heartland Conference Tournament and now looks to improve on its seeding as the regular season winds down. The Rattlers have won three straight games, including a 79-74 decision at Dallas Baptist on Tuesday. Over the last 13 games the Rattlers have averaged 72.4 points, while allowing 63.5. They have shot 48.2 percent from the field, while holding their opponents to 41.8 percent. They have also outrebounded their opponents 37.4 to 31.2. This week’s games are the last two home games for St. Mary’s this weekend. The Rattlers are 10-5 at home this season and have won six of their last seven.
About Texas A&M-International: The Dustdevils are 10-11 overall this season against Division II opponents, including wins in four of the last six. Three TAMIU players are averaging in double figures, led by Chris Swan (12.8 ppg). As a team the Dustdevils are scoring 66.3 points per game, while their opponents are averaging 65.4 per game. They are shooting 44.6 percent from the field, while their opponents are hitting on 42.7 percent. The Dustdevils and their opponents are both averaging 32.8 rebounds per game.
St. Mary’s vs. Texas A&M-International: The Rattlers have won all three meetings between the teams. St. Mary’s won the first meeting in Laredo, 76-65 during the 2003-04 season. They also won the first meeting in San Antonio, 90-64. The teams met in the 2004-05 season opener for St. Mary’s, 61-56, in San Antonio.
About St. Edward’s: The Hilltoppers had won seven in a row before falling to Oklahoma Panhandle State, 63-62, on Saturday. SEU is now 18-5 overall and 6-2 in Heartland play. They rebounded from the loss to OPSU by defeating Texas-Permian Basin, 80-61 on Monday. Shawn Weinstein leads the Hilltoppers with 16.0 points per game, while Taylor Mulenax is picking up 12.8 per contest. As a team SEU is averaging 77.0 points per game, while allowing 66.2. They are shooting 45.6 percent from the field, and allow opponents to hit on 44.7 percent. The Hilltoppers are outrebounding opponents 34.3 to 34.0. The difference for SEU this season has been turnovers. The Hilltoppers force 21.9 turnovers per game, while giving up just 16.3.
St. Mary’s vs. St. Edward’s: The Rattlers lead the all-time series 40-12 since the 1982-83 season. St. Mary’s has won 21 of the 24 meetings in San Antonio since the 1982-83 season as well, including the last seven in a row. The Rattlers defeated the Hilltoppers 58-48 last season in San Antonio. SEU won the first meeting this season, 54-47 in Austin.
St. Mary´s Posts Key Road Win Over Dallas Baptist: Joe Dinkins’ jump shot with 35 seconds left gave the Rattlers the lead for good and four Marcus Hill free throws iced the win for St. Mary’s, who edged Dallas Baptist, 79-74. Dinkins only made two baskets in the game, but saved the most important one for the closing moments. With 1:37 remaining Dwight Coleman made a pair of free throws to give the Patriots a two-point edge at 73-71. Hill hit a long jump shot off a pass from Allen Coleman to tie things at 73-73. Then Dinkins made his shot to give the Rattlers a 75-73 lead. Coleman then came up with a steal off the inbound and Hill was fouled by Nick Michels, sending Hill to the line where he made both free throws for a four-point Rattler advantage. With 10 seconds left in the game Hill fouled Brandon Wash, who hit 1-of-2 free throws to make it a three-point game at 77-74. However, Hill was fouled again on the inbounds and made both of his free throws with just one second left to ice the victory. The game was a back-and-forth affair throughout with the score tied 10 times and the lead changing hands 15 times. Neither team led by more than six points in the game.