In their first game under new leadership, and the conference opener, the Mustangs jumped out to a hot start, but fell in overtime to the UTPB Falcons Saturday afternoon in Odessa. Multiple Mustangs finished in double-digits, along with leading the game in assists and steals.
Eddie Giron (Monterrey, Mexico/Harmony Science Academy) – 20-points | 9 rebounds | 1 block | 3 steals | 7-13 FG
Tony Avalos (Las Cruces, NM/Onate) – 19-points | 4 rebounds | 4 assists | 1 steal | 7-14 FG | 4-5 FT
Elijah Holifield (Atlanta, GA/Pace Academy) – 18-points | 4 rebounds | 2 assists |
Rodney Simon (Boston, MA/Randolph ) – 10-points | 5 rebounds
Andrew Leonard (Tucson, AZ /Cienega ) – 10 points | 3-7 3PT
HOW IT HAPPENED:
After opening the game on a UTPB dunk, Tony Avalos (Las Cruces, NM/Onate) quickly responded with a layup on the opposite end of the court for the Mustangs first bucket.
Midway through the first half, Amarion Cash (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe) drained a three, followed by a three from Andrew Leonard (Tucson, AZ /Cienega ) to give WNMU their first lead of the game at 23-22.
Another three, this time by CJ Vanbeekum (Phoenix, AZ/Paradise) gave way to a series of points in favor of the Mustangs to hold on to the lead.
With their largest lead, Elijah Holifield (Atlanta, GA/Pace Academy) added to the three pointers to put WNMU up by eight heading into the break.
Mustangs led throughout most of the second half, but the last few minutes proved to be exciting as the teams traded baskets.
Elijah Holifield (Atlanta, GA/Pace Academy) sunk both free throws to go up 88-87 with thirty seconds remaining.
A foul put UTPB at the foul line, with a missed first but second made to tie the game at 88 at the end of regulation.
UTPB carried momentum going into the overtime period, outscoring WNMU 16-9 on the way to a 104-97 win.
Western New Mexico Men's Basketball steps out of conference play, traveling west to Belmont, California for the Notre Dame de Namur Thanksgiving Tournament Nov. 29-30. There the Mustangs will match up with host NDNU and Holy Names University –California.