Balanced Offense, Tough Defense Leads St. Mary’s
San Antonio – Marcus Hill and Latez Williams led a balanced St. Mary’s University attack as the Rattlers wrapped up their 2007-08 home schedule with a convincing 64-46 win over Texas A&M-International University in Heartland Conference men’s basketball action Monday night at Bill Greehey Arena.
The Rattlers ended a streak of four losses in five games thanks to some tough defense. The Rattlers limited the Dustdevils, who entered Monday’s game averaging 77 points per game, to just 46 points on 26.8 percent shooting from the field. Only one player reached double figures in scoring in the game, Chris Swann, with 15 points. The Rattlers also forced 16 Dustdevil turnovers.
On offense the Rattlers dominated in the paint, outscoring TAMIU 38-6 in the post area. Hill (Sr., Longview) and Williams (Sr., Belpre, Ohio) were a big part of that success, chipping in with 12 points each. Robert Owens (Jr., Oakwood) had 10 points and 11 rebounds to post a double-double. St. Mary’s hit on 42.6 percent (26-61) from the field and outrebounded the Dustdevils 42-32.
With the win the Rattlers improved to 13-12 overall this season, while TAMIU fell to 8-16. St. Mary’s will return to action on Thursday when they travel to Wichita, Kan., to take on Newman University in a Heartland Conference matchup.