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Men's Basketball Earns Third-Straight SCAC Title

University of St. Thomas-Houston Men's Basketball clinched their third, straight Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship with a 62-49 victory over the Colorado College Tigers on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022. Joshua Sanchez would lead the Celts in scoring with 15 points while shooting 70% from the floor and grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds.

St. Thomas would fall behind early to the scrappy Tigers, who with a win, would earn their spot in the SCAC Tournament. The Celts would hold Colorado College to just three points in the final five minutes of the first half to claw themselves back into the game. A Christian Alaekwe three-pointer with 90 seconds left before the break would grant the Celts a one-point lead heading into halftime.

Looking to spark their offense and create some separation from the Tigers, St. Thomas' Joshua Sanchez would score six unanswered points to open the final frame. While the Celts would nearly double their first half-point total, the Tigers would struggle on the offensive end, only connecting on 36% of their shots. The Celts would stifle Colorado College down the stretch, maintaining a double-digit lead, despite the Tigers' efforts to construct a comeback.

As the final buzzer sounded, St. Thomas would be crowned as SCAC Regular Season Champions. This marks the fourth consecutive year the Celts have cut down the nets, dating back to the program's times in the Red River Athletic Conference prior to making the transition to NCAA Division III.

Men's Basketball earned the one-seed in the SCAC Tournament taking place next weekend in Sherman, Texas. After winning the conference tournament last season, the Celts look to become the first team in school history to win both the regular season title and the tournament championship since joining the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.