After the first week of Lone Star conference action in men’s basketball, three teams are undefeated in conference play. Four teams are looking for their first conference win. Three teams are ranked in the top 25 nationally with West Texas A&M remaining at #8, while UT-Permian Basin moved from #17 to #13 and Texas A&M Kingsville dropped from #20 to #23. Texas A&M Commerce is receiving votes in the polls.
#13 UT-Permian Basin sits atop the standings at 3-0 with wins over Eastern New Mexico University, Western New Mexico University, and #8 West Texas A&M. Commerce sits at 2-0 in conference play with wins over Cameron University and Midwestern State University. The third undefeated team in conference play is Texas A&M – Kingsville who got their lone win over Angelo State.
West Texas A&M sits at 2-1 with wins over the two New Mexico schools. Tarleton State University and Cameron University sit at 1-1; Angelo is 0-1 and Western New Mexico University, Eastern New Mexico University, and Midwestern State University are all looking for their first win against two losses.
There are no big matchups in the schedule this week as far as top teams playing each other. Western New Mexico University will be on the road to take on Tarleton State and Commerce. Commerce will also host Eastern New Mexico. Kingsville will host Cameron University while West Texas goes out to conference to host Lubbock Christian University.
Games on the schedule for early next week will see Lone Star teams going out of conference as WNMU hosts Southwest University and Arizona Christian College on Tuesday and Wednesday night respectively. Eastern New Mexico will travel to Lubbock Christian University and Tarleton State will host Western Oregon University.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Dorian Armstrong, Texas A&M University-Commerce, SR, Forward, Detroit, Mich., Mt. Clemens HS
Armstrong shot better than 70 percent from the field and 85 percent from behind the arc last week in the Lions' two wins to open LSC play. He scored a career-high 22 points against Cameron in the Lions' one-point win to go along with eight rebounds. He shot 8-of-10 from the field in the win. Armstrong then had 11 points and nine rebounds in the Lions' 18-point win over Midwestern State. He is third in the LSC in rebounding and is shooting 50 percent from the field and 45 percent from three so far this season.
Ryan Quaid, West Texas A&M University, JR, Guard, Fort Collins, Colo., Fossil Ridge HS
Quaid averaged another double-double with 12.0 points and 14.0 rebounds in a pair of conference road wins to stretch the Buffs' winning streak to eight games. He had 28 rebounds for the week, including 20 on the defensive end, as the Buffs held teams to a 37.4 field goal percentage and 65.5 scoring average. Quaid tallied a career-high 20 rebounds in the 76-62 win at Western New Mexico on Thursday as he pulled down 16 on the defensive end for his third double-double of the season. He also had a season-high four blocks versus the Mustangs. Quaid followed that performance with eight rebounds and 11 points at Eastern New Mexico on Saturday in a 99-69 blowout win. Quaid is averaging a double-double this season at 14.8 points and 10.9 rebounds per game.