REDLANDS, Calif. — The Southwestern University Pirates men's basketball team struggled defensively in an 87-70 loss to the Redlands Bulldogs.
Kyle Poerschke led three Pirates in double figures, scoring 23 points off the bench on 9-for-14 shooting, including 4-for-7 from behind the 3-point line. Kyle Howard had 11 points on six shots with three steals and Luke Hicks scored 10 points with two assists.
The Pirates struggled to contain 6-foot-5 forward David Menary, who posted a double-double with 29 points and 13 rebounds, shooting 11-for-15 from the field, including 4-for-5 from deep. Redlands' Jack Roggin also scored in double figures with 14 points and six assists and Gary Menary had 12 points and five assists.
Redlands shot 50 percent from the field, including 14-for-33 from the 3-point line while converting on 11-for-13 from the free-throw line.
Poerschke and Howard combined for 25 of the Pirates' 34 points in the first half with Poerschke scoring 18 in 11 minutes on 7-for-10 shooting. As a team, the Pirates shot just 41.9 percent before the break to trail 42-34 at the half.
David Menary caught fire in the second half, scoring 20 of his 29 points and grabbing seven rebounds as Redlands shot 51.5 percent from the field after the break.
For the game, the Pirates shot just 43.1 percent with 13 assists to 17 turnovers, getting outscored 17-5 in second-chance points and 22-16 in points off turnovers.
With the loss, the Pirates fall to 1-1 on the season while Redlands improve to 3-1. Southwestern will host Mary Hardin-Baylor on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. for their home opener.