No. 14 Builders have their way in 153-85 romp

Southwestern College sophomore Justin Criddle drives into the paint for a layup Thursday night against a double team by Dallas Christian at Stewart Field House. The Moundbuilders set several school records in an 153-85 rout.

The Southwestern College men’s basketball team poured in a school-record 153 points Thursday night in a 153-85 nonconference victory against Dallas Christian.

The No. 14-ranked Moundbuilders (2-0) were getting anything they wanted in the game, specifically in the first half, putting up 77 points in the first 20 minutes.

Three players were in double figures by the break, led by senior Andrew Hamm, who entered halftime leading all scorers with 18 points before finishing with a career-high 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting, including seven baskets from beyond the 3-point arc. Hamm also was one of four Builders players with seven rebounds.

Sophomore Justin Criddle, who was coming off a school-record 13 assists in a season-opening win against Ozark Christian, recorded a near double-double by halftime with 10 points and nine assists. He went on to shatter his own record he set earlier this week, tallying 15 assists to go with 17 points and six steals.

The second half nearly mirrored the first.

The Builders broke several records, including field goals and shots attempted. Southwestern finished 55 of 94 from the floor, breaking the old record of 53 field goals in 2005, also against Dallas Christian. The 94 shot attempts eclipsed the 88 set in 2004 against Central Christian.

Southwestern also broke the school record for most 3-pointers attempted in a game with 48, breaking the mark of 45 set last year against Friends. The Builders drained 22 treys, just one off the all-time record.

The 153 points are by far the most points scored in a game in school history, shattering the 127 a few years ago against Bacone. The total is just six shy of the NAIA Division II record of 159 posted in 1994 by Indiana Tech.

According to Will Warren (@statsbywill) on Twitter, the 153 points on 93 possessions, which equals 1.645 points per possession, is the fifth-highest number in NCAA Division I this decade.

A total of 13 Moundbuilders saw the scoring column against the Crusaders, with juniors Ahmad Pratt and Noah Webster both joining Hamm in the 20-point club, finishing with 22 and 21, respectively. Four others chipped in double figures.

The Builders play at 3:15 p.m. today at 2018-19 NAIA-qualifier College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo.

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