Men's Basketball Opens Season with 76-65 Victory over Langston University
Denver, Colo.: The Regis University men's basketball team pulled away in the second half to win their season opener 76-65 over Langston (Okla.) University.
Regis (1-0) has now won three straight season openers but it looked like that streak may be broken as Langston (0-4) jumped out to a 12-2 lead and 14-4. A three pointer by junior Breen Weeks and a layup by senior Slobodan Jovanovic cut the lead to 14-9.
The taller Langston team got some easy dunks and layups in the first half and led 30-21 with 6:04 remaining following a layup by Paul Campbell.
Regis then responded and got into a groove by going on a 10-0 run to take a 31-30 lead with 2:56 following two free throws by junior Demitirus Owens who had a great opening game in a Regis uniform with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Freshman sharp-shooter Dylan King came off the bench to put in two three pointers in seven minutes, the final one with just 1:55 remaining in the first half to give the Rangers a 34-32 lead. Langston tied the game at 34 just before halftime and that woudl be the score heading into the halftime break.
Langston outscored Regis 26-6 in the paint in the first half.
Whatever 35-year head coach Lonnie Porter said to the team at half must have worked as the home team went on a 16-2 run to begin the second half and led by as many as 56-40 with 12:09 remaining.
Regis led 58-43 before Langston made one last push and scored the next nine points to trail just 58-52 with 8:06 remaining. The two teams traded baskets the rest of the way and Regis was able to come away with the 76-65 victory.
Regis was 27-for-36 at the free throw line including 8-of-9 in the last two minutes of the game, while Langston was just 6-for-7 overall.
Junior Dionte Goodlett also had a good debut as he had a game-high 22 points, while dishing out four assists. Senior Chris Johansen also had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds as he was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field and 4-for-4 at the charity stripe. He also dished out four assists.
The Rangers shot 61.5 percent from the field in the second half and 48 percent for the game. Regis outrebounded Langston 39-24 including 15 offensive rebounds.
Regis will next play November 22nd at home as they host Sterling College (Kan.) at 7:00 p.m.