San Antonio – St. Mary’s University used a balanced attack that featured 10 players with six or more points scored as the Rattlers rolled past Sul Ross State University, 83-48, in non-conference men’s basketball action Saturday night at Bill Greehey Arena.

As a team the Rattlers shot 58.3 percent (35-60) from the field, including 66.7 percent (4-6) from three-point range. The Rattlers held Sul Ross State to just 36.2 percent shooting and forced 22 Lobo turnovers. St. Mary’s outrebounded the Lobos 38-25 in the game as well.

Ronald Tata (Sr., Houston) led all players with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field, his first game scoring in double figures this season. Nick Morey (Sr., Belpre, Ohio) also reached double figures with 13 points and five rebounds. All 11 Rattlers that played in the game scored, the first time this season that has happened.

Sul Ross State kept the game relatively close until a 24-3 St. Mary’s run midway through the second half turned the game into a rout. In the first half the Rattlers held the Lobos to just 29.2 percent shooting from the field and forced 13 turnovers to take a 14-point edge into the locker room. Meanwhile the Rattlers hit on 16-of-29 shots (55.2 percent) and outrebounded the Lobos 19-17. Morey had seven points and three rebounds to lead the Rattlers in both categories. St. Mary’s had 11 players take the floor in the first half and eight scored.

With the win the Rattlers have now won three straight games and are 3-2 overall this season. Sul Ross State fell to 0-2. St. Mary’s will return to action on Tuesday as a part of the “Double the Madness” night. The women’s basketball team will face Huston-Tillotson at 5:30 p.m., while the men will take the court at 7:30 p.m. against Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The event will feature a tailgate, contests, prizes, free food, drinks and t-shirts. Tuesday’s games will also be broadcast over the internet.

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