(Chaminade Athletics) - The Chaminade University men’s basketball team returned from their 15-day break for the holidays with an 85-72 win over Holy Names Wednesday at McCabe Gym.
Five Silverswords cracked the double-digit scoring ledger, led by Erik Scheive’s (Marysville, Calif./Yuba College) 17 points on 6-for-12 shooting from the floor.
Grant Dressler (Las Vegas/Sacramento State) added 15 points off the bench with a career-best nine rebounds for the ’Swords, who improved to 8-4 overall and 3-2 in the Pacific West Conference. They have also won all nine of the contests between the two programs.
Austin Pope (Burbank, Calif./North Idaho College) had 14 points while Justin Bridges (Atlanta, Ga./Georgia Highlands) had 12 and Braden Koelliker (Kaysville, Utah/Colorado State) 10. Koelliker and Brett Reed (Houston/Cabrillo College) yanked down eight boards.
Pope, Bridges, Dressler and Koelliker each had three assists. The foursome accounted for 12 of the team’s 14 dimes on the afternoon.
Marcelas Perry led the Hawks (6-9, 2-4 PacWest) with 17 points.
Chaminade used a 12-2 run early in the first half to turn a four-point deficit to an 11-6 lead seven minutes in. Dressler buried a pair of 3-pointers and assisted on a Reed basket. Consecutive triples from Bridges and another from Dantley Walker (Panaca, Nev./UNLV) late in the half helped extend the ’Swords’ lead to as many as 17.
Chaminade’s biggest lead swelled to 18 in the early stages of the second half before HNU mounted a charge. A 10-0 run trimmed the deficit back to single digits then a Jacob Deane 3-pointer with 12:12 left brought the Hawks to 54-50 but Walker buried a deep 3 on the ’Swords’ next possession to keep the visitors at bay.
Holy Names continued to hang around, twice coming to within six. But baskets from Koelliker and Scheive as well as the ’Swords going 9-of-10 from the free throw line with under a minute remaining helped seal the win.
Chaminade shot 44.8 percent from the floor while HNU shot 44.1 and dished out 14 assists to HNU’s seven helpers. The ’Swords dominated on the glass with 44 rebounds while the Hawks had just 24, the lowest by a CUH opponent in nearly two years. However the rebounding disparity was offset by 20 Chaminade turnovers.
The Silverswords will conclude their eight-game home stand Friday when they host Notre Dame de Namur at McCabe Gym. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. with live audio coverage on GoSwords.com.