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The Mustangs entered Drag's Court Saturday afternoon hungry for the chance to take on the #5 West Texas A&M Buffs. While injury and sickness affected the Mustangs usual lineup, players stepped into their respective roles and battled with the Buffs till the final buzzer. Looking at the percentages the teams were close, but WT combined for 14 three pointers in what would be the difference for the 100-79 win in their favor.

Malik Sanders (Durham, NC/Smithfield-Selma ) – 21 PTS | 10-17 FG | 2 REB | 8 AST
Elijah Holifield (Atlanta, GA/Pace Academy) – 20 PTS | 8-16 FG | 4-5 3PTR | 9 REB | 1 AST | 2 BLK
CJ Vanbeekum (Phoenix, AZ/Paradise) – 12 PTS | 4-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 8 REB

HOW IT HAPPENED:On the fast break, WT was unable to convert under the basket giving way to a three from Elijah Holifield (Atlanta, GA/Pace Academy) for the first basket of the game.
First to reach ten, Amarion Cash (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe) found the basket behind the arc as the Mustangs lead 10-5 just three minutes into play.
To remain a perfect 2-2 from deep, Holifield put in his second three of the afternoon as the Mustangs enjoyed a nine point lead.
Taking notice that the Mustangs were here to play, WT would begin to show their ranking.
At the eight minute mark, WT would take their first lead of the game, giving way to a series of baskets.
A 9-0 run put WNMU back within one, but as the top offense in the LSC the Buffs pulled away just before the break but only by nine.
Two quick baskets out of the half, forced WNMU to call an early timeout to discuss.
The teams traded blows, with WT never letting up going up by 18 at the 13 minute mark.
It seemed as if the energy wore off for the Mustangs in the second, but WT could not miss and put the pressure on defense.
Separated by only a few percentage points in all categories, WT scored 42 points on three-pointers alone.
Malik Sanders (Durham, NC/Smithfield-Selma ) tied his season high of 21-points, while bringing his assists total to 42.
With a unique road trip coming up, Western will head to LSC newcomer Dallas Baptist Thursday, followed by their final meeting with the Texans of Tarleton before they move up to the Division I level

Six Lone Star Conference women's basketball teams are undefeated in 2020 with Angelo State, Lubbock Christian, Tarleton, Texas A&M-Commerce, UAFS and West Texas A&M all picking up conference wins last week. No. 2 LCU and No. 8 A&M-C both sit at 7-0 against LSC competition as the only undefeated teams in conference.
LSC women's basketball teams are 120-94 overall this season and 20-11 against Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams, the other league in the NCAA South Central Region.
LSC schedule and results available here: https://lonestarconference.org/calendar.aspx?path=wbball&


Five Lone Star Conference men's basketball teams began 2020 unbeaten as Angelo State, DBU, Lubbock Christian, St. Edward's and West Texas A&M all went undefeated last week. No. 15 DBU ended Texas A&M-Kingsville's unbeaten start to conference play with a win in Dallas over the Javelinas.
LSC men's basketball teams are 123-105 overall this season and 17-20 against Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams, the other league in the NCAA South Central Region.
LSC schedule and results available here: https://lonestarconference.org/calendar.aspx?path=mbball

Corey Shervill, St. Edward's, JR, Finance, F, Perth, Australia, Aquinas College
Shervill was incredibly efficient for the No. 7 Hilltoppers, averaging 21 points in 26.5 minutes per game while shooting over 70 percent from the floor and three-point range as SEU posted a pair of wins to remain unbeaten at home. The Australian native opened the week with a blistering 24 point performance matching his career high in a win over Oklahoma Christian. Shervill shot 8-of-10 from the floor including 6-of-7 from beyond the arc. He finished the week with an 18 point showing again hitting 8-of-10 from the floor in a win over UAFS. Shervill also averaged six rebounds during the week and pulled down a season-high eight against the Lions.

Going up against one of the top teams in the nation, the women of Western took on the defending National Champions the Lady Chaps of Lubbock Christian Thursday night in Rip Griffin Center. A slow start caused WNMU to fall behind early, needing to play catch up for the rest of the night. WNMU kept it close in the third, but the defending national champions proved to be too much as the Mustangs fell 64-40.

Paulina Rodriguez (Chihuahua, Mexico/Montverde Academy) – 10 PTS | 3-8 FG | 2-6 3PTR | 2-2 FT | 4 REB
Kayla Clark (Mesa, Arizona/Dobson High School) – 8 PTS | 3 REB
Kyanne Kowatch (Tularosa, NM/) – 7 PTS | 5 REB | 2 AST


In their first game back since the holiday break, the Western New Mexico Men's Basketball team went head to head with the Chaps of Lubbock Christian Thursday night in the Rip Griffin Center. The Mustangs dropped the contest 90-58. LCU is the number one team in the LSC.

Malik Sanders (Durham, NC/Smithfield-Selma ) – 12-points | 4 rebounds | 4 assists | 3-5 FG | 2-4 3FG
Rodney Simon (Boston, MA/Randolph ) – 7-points | 7 rebounds | 2 blocks | 3-4 FT
Elijah Holifield (Atlanta, GA/Pace Academy) – 13-points | 4-10 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 rebounds | 1 assist


Five Lone Star Conference men's basketball teams went undefeated last week with Texas A&M-Kingsville, Lubbock Christian, West Texas A&M and Eastern New Mexico picking up multiple conference victories. Texas A&M-Commerce had two upset victories over top 25 teams including No. 11 Missouri Southern and No. 10 DBU.
LSC men's basketball teams are 106-88 overall this season and 17-20 against Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams, the other league in the NCAA South Central Region.

LSC schedule and results available here: https://lonestarconference.org/calendar.aspx?path=mbball


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