No. 24 UMSL established a new single-season program record for victories last week when it knocked off William Jewell (74-60) and Rockhurst (67-49) in back-to-back home games to improve to 23-5. The previous mark of 22 victories was set by the 1987-88 team and matched in 1990-91. The Tritons moved back into a tie atop the Great Lakes Valley Conference standings, a position they had relinquished while dropping three of four games on their final road trip of the regular season. Junior Yaakema Rose Jr. averaged 18.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in the two victories, while senior Jalen Wilkins-McCoy added 12 points and six rebounds per game. UMSL (23-5, 14-4 GLVC) closes out its regular season this week at home when it plays host to Lewis on Thursday and Illinois Springfield on Saturday. Thursday’s game is part of the “Pack the Stands” homecoming week event.
The Tritons ran their home-court winning streak to six games by edging William Jewell 85-83 in overtime and knocking off Rockhurst 96-83 over the weekend. Junior Alex LaPorta averaged 23.5 points, nine rebounds and three assists and made the two winning free throws with .03 seconds on the clock against William Jewell. Sophomore McKenzie Lathrom added 17 points per game and connected on 5 of 9 3-pointers. UMSL (14-13, 9-9 GLVC) hosts Lewis on Thursday and Illinois Springfield on Saturday to close out the regular season. Thursday’s game is part of the “Pack the Stands” homecoming week event.
UMSL lost all four games over the weekend at Spring Hill in Mobile, Alabama. Senior Jackson Dvorak batted .367 with five hits. The Tritons (2-5) is scheduled to host Davenport on Wednesday and Quincy on Saturday and Sunday.
The Tritons opened the spring portion of their schedule by earning a seventh-place finish at the Newberry College Invitational. UMSL turned in a combined 36-hole score of 596 (297-299) last Monday, while Tuesday’s final 18 holes were wiped out before all teams were able to finish due to weather. Individually, sophomore Joel Sylven finished in sixth place, shooting an even-par 144. The Tritons return to the links March 1-3 when they host the Las Vegas Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada.