The Saint Mary men’s basketball team got an 86-75 win over Avila University in its home opener on Tuesday. Freshman Grant Greenberg led the team with 36 points and seven rebounds. Saint Mary has won three in a row after losing its season opener at Oklahoma Wesleyan. The Spires participated in the KCAC/HAAC Classic over the weekend and came away with a 2-0 record, as they took down Baker University and Peru State College in two exciting contests. Freshman Grant Greenberg set a school record with 48 points in the Spires double overtime win against Baker. In the win against Baker, Greenberg made 29 of 32 free throws. Jamal Akakpo also scored in double digits for the Spires. He scored 14 points and went 2 for 3 from three-point land. Sterling Roaf had nine points and Xavier Young had eight. Roaf led the team in rebounds with 13. Jerry Sipple scored seven points and had eight rebounds. The Spires out rebounded the Wildcats 40-35 in the game. Against Peru State, Torren Dowdy led the Spires with 32 points. He also had seven rebounds and was 3 for 6 on three point attempts. Greenberg was in double digits again, this time putting up 20 points. Payton Snell scored 12 points and Akakpo had 10 points. Greenberg went 12 for 12 at the free throw line. "I was pleased with the way our guys fought through some adversity this weekend in getting two huge wins," said head coach Jon Bishop. "The KCAC/HAAC Classic is always one of the toughest tournaments in the country every year, and for us to go 2-0 in it this year is good for our team.” The Spires will start a three-game road trip on Tuesday night at Benedictine College. The women’s team is 1-0 after winning 85-68 at Central Christian College last Friday and losing an exhibition game 79-49 at Rockhurst University on Sunday. Ebonee Ryhmes led the team with 31 points and 11 rebounds against Central Christian. Shanice Palmer and Adelyn Ezeh also scored in double-digits with 11 and 10 points, respectively. They will play in the KCAC/HAAC Classic on Friday and Saturday in Baldwin City, Kan. Friday’s game against Benedictine College is at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday’s game against Baker University is at 3 p.m.