The Mustang men opened their two game home stand against the Lions of Texas A&M Commerce Thursday evening. Leading at the half, converting on both ends of the ball, the Lions wrote a different story in the second half coming from behind to take a 77-73 win on Drag's Court. Elijah Holifield (Atlanta, GA/Pace Academy) continue to be a bright spot for the Mustang offense, adding 22 points to his season total for his second consecutive game in double figures. As a team the Mustangs forced Commerce to turn the ball over 20 times, while also recording 13 steals.
Elijah Holifield (Atlanta, GA/Pace Academy) – 22 PTS | 3 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL
Malik Sanders (Durham, NC/Smithfield-Selma ) – 11 PTS | 3 REB | 8 AST | 3 STL
Amarion Cash (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe) – 10 PTS | 2-4 3PTR | 5 REB | 1 STL | 1 BLK
HOW IT HAPPENED:
A&M Commerce jumped out to an 8-0 lead with a pair of three pointers.
Just as he has done in games prior, Elijah Holifield (Atlanta, GA/Pace Academy) opened up the Mustangs scoring with a three of his own.
Off the bench, Nathan Pelissier (Paris, France /Lycre Albert Camus ) grabbed the offensive rebound and put it back in to tie the game at 11.
Drawing contact behind the arc, Andrew Leonard (Tucson, AZ /Cienega ) was sent to the line, sinking all three of his free throws to give WNMU the first lead of the game by a score of 14-11.
Trading baskets under the ten minute mark, TAMUC went ahead by 7.
Pressure on the defensive end led to a series of Mustang steals, which would eventually turn into baskets.
Tied at 38 with under a minute to play, Holifield finished the half how he started, finding the net from behind the arc to put his team ahead by three.
WNMU's defense forced 11 turn overs in the opening frame, while adding nine steals to their stat line.
Out of the break, the Mustangs worked to build their lead. At the line, Rodney Simon (Boston, MA/Randolph ) put one in to increase the lead to 10.
Tallying a total of six, threes in the second half alone, TAMUC used one of them to go up by three which eventually turned into a five point edge with under five to play.
Malik Sanders (Durham, NC/Smithfield-Selma ) dished out eight assists for the night, but kept one for himself tying the game at 68.
A series of Mustang fouls allowed the Lions to pull away just enough to take home the 77-73 win.
The Mustangs will look to rebound Saturday against newcomer UT Tyler. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m. MST.