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University of Dallas holds off Texas Lutheran rally to post 76-71 home win

Caleb Lister
Caleb Lister
IRVING, Texas -- The University of Dallas grabbed a 76-71 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference victory Friday night over the Texas Lutheran Bulldogs at the Maher Center.
TLU fell to 12-10 overall and to 9-6 in the SCAC with its third-straight league loss.
Dallas moved to 12-10 overall and to 8-7 in the SCAC. The teams split the regular-season meetings, with each team winning on its home floor.
TLU rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit (43-28) and a 17-point deficit with 19:15 remaining to tie the game with 7:14 left on the clock. Trystin Silas's lay-up pulled the Bulldogs even at 61-61.
The game stayed tight down the stretch. TLU guard Sebastian Andrade tied the game, at 68-68, with just under four minutes to play with a jump shot.
Dallas regained the lead with a Jai Love free throw at the 3:02 mark. A Love steal and a layup pushed the lead to three with 1:47 on the clock.
The Dallas lead grew to five with 36 seconds remaining on two more Love free throws.
Jorden Kite gave TLU a much-need three-pointer with 19 seconds to play, cutting the Crusaders lead to two, at 73-71.
TLU fouled on the next Dallas possession, and Love only made one-of-two free throws, leaving TLU with a chance to tie in the final seconds.
Caleb Lister's three-point attempt missed at the 10-second mark, and Cameran Hyde collected the defensive rebound for Dallas. Hyde made a pair of free throws to close out the game.
Dallas shot nearly 50 percent (49.1) for the game and held TLU to 39.7 percent. TLU took 29 three-pointers and made nine (31 percent).
Dallas went to the line 25 times and limited TLU to only seven trips to the foul line.
Lister led TLU with 18 points, five assists, and eight rebounds. Jamir Mason chipped in 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Mason also dished out five assists.
Andrade added 14 points, six rebounds and three assists.
John Russell led Dallas with 18 points and eight rebounds, and Love and Dustin Mathis each scored 15. 
Russell made eight of his 12 shots. Love went 8-for-10 at the free throw line.
TLU gets back into SCAC play on Saturday with 4 p.m. road game at Austin College in Sherman, Texas.