The Texas A&M University-Commerce Lions men's basketball team takes on two non-conference opponents this week, traveling to Dallas Baptist University this afternoon and hosting Henderson State University Wednesday night.
A&M-Commerce Lions at Dallas Baptist Patriots
Monday, Dec. 16 · 4 p.m.
Burg Center · Dallas, Texas
Records: A&M-Commerce (9-1); Dallas Baptist (4-4)
A&M-Commerce Lions vs Henderson State Reddies
Wednesday, Dec. 18 · 7 p.m.
The Field House · Commerce, Texas
Records: A&M-Commerce (9-1); Henderson State (5-5)
Twitter Updates: @Lion_MBB
After getting back on track with a convincing 105-75 win over Northwood on Wednesday, the Lions will look to take the season series from Dallas Baptist on Monday at 4:00 p.m. when they travel to the Burg Center in Dallas to face the Patriots. The game is the first of two this week, with a Wednesday game vs Henderson State scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in Commerce. A&M-Commerce already owns wins over both teams, knocking off DBU 72-67 on Nov. 20 in Commerce, and edging the Reddies 75-74 in Arkadelphia on Nov. 30.
Lions on the Web
Fans unable to make it to the Burg Center on Monday, or to The Field House on Wednesday, can still follow the action as KETR 88.9 FM will carry the game live with Charlie Chitwood on the call. The game will also be streamed online at KETR.org.
Twitter followers can get in-game updates through the A&M-Commerce Men's Basketball Twitter account @Lion_MBB.
Scouting the Patriots
2013-14: 4-4 overall, 0-0 Heartland Conference
Last Three Games: L vs. UT-Permian Basin (80-68), W vs. Lubbock Christian (61-59), L at UT-Arlington (81-53)
Head Coach: Blake Flickner, 8th season at DBU
Record at DBU: 128-99 (.563)
Key Patriot Players:
· #24 Jonathan Perry (So., F): 20.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 49.0 FG%, 38.7 3FG%, 86.4 FT%, 1.4 ast., 5 blk., 9 stl.
· #23 Charles Allen (So., F): 8.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 36.1 FG%, 32.6 3FG%, 50.0 FT%, 2.1 ast., 2 blk., 11 stl.
· #2 Jason Gentry (So., G): 6.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 48.5 FG%, 41.2 3FG%, 60.0 FT%, 4.4 ast., 1 blk., 13 stl.
· #31 Remy Ndiaye (Sr., F): 13.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 70.0 FG%, 46.2 3FG%, 70.7 FT%, 0.9 ast., 5 blk., 4 stl.
· #00 Myles Johnson (Fr., F): 10.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 44.3 FG%, 85.7 FT%, 1.0 ast., 4 blk., 3 stl.
Synopsis: The Patriots had a modest four-game home win streak snapped Saturday against UT-Permian Basin, despite Remy Ndiaye putting in a career-high 27 points. All four of DBU's wins have come at the Burg Center this season, with the Patriots currently winless in three tries away from home. They are averaging 76.3 points per game, while connecting on 45.6 percent of its shots from long distance.
Monday will mark the 21st time the Lions have met the Patriots on the hardwood, with A&M-Commerce holding a 13-7 (.650) advantage in the first 20 meetings. The Lions took the first meeting this season, erasing a 13-point Patriot advantage to pick up its sixth win of the season, 72-67, on Nov. 20 at The Field House. The win marked its first 6-0 start to a season since the 1953-54 campaign. Kameron Price led the way that night with 19 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Scouting the Reddies
2013-14: 5-5 overall, 1-2 Great American Conference
Last Three Games: W vs. Eastern New Mexico (89-82), L vs. A&M-Commerce (66-65), L vs Ark.-Monticello (62-60)
Head Coach: Doug Nichols, 2nd season at HSU
Record at HSU: 38-29 (.567)
Key Patriot Players:
· #35 Taylor Smith (So., F): 13.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 49.4 FG%, 52.8 3FG%, 73.2 FT%, 3.4 ast., 0 blk., 4 stl.
· #33 Aaron Harwell (So., F): 5.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 39.0 FG%, 42.9 3FG%, 65.7 FT%, 2.8 ast., 1 blk., 8 stl.
· #3 Melvin Haynes (So., G): 14.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 36.2 FG%, 29.9 3FG%, 88.6 FT%, 2.7 ast., 2 blk., 4 stl.
· #23 Ronald Lawson (Sr., F): 9.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 54.2 FG%, 00.0 3FG%, 45.0 FT%, 0.9 ast., 15 blk., 8 stl.
· #11 Kevin Kozan (Fr., F): 8.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 43.1 FG%, 45.8 3FG%, 62.5 FT%, 1.4 ast., 0 blk., 7 stl.
Synopsis: Henderson State shot 68 percent from the three-point line and snapped a three-game losing streak on Saturday with a seven-point win over Eastern New Mexico. They are averaging 76.2 points per game with four players averaging at least 10.0 points per contest. Oddly enough, all five of their wins have come away from home, posting a 0-3 record at the Duke Wells Center in Arkadelphia.
Wednesday's game will be the 22nd in the series between the Lions and the Reddies, with A&M-Commerce holding a 13-8 advantage after its 75-74 road win last month. Lion head coach Sam Walker is 4-0 all-time against the Reddies.
The Week That Was
The weather finally cooperated and the Lions were able to take advantage, getting payback for its only loss of the season by blasting Northwood, 105-75, on Wednesday at The Field House. Kameron Price led A&M-Commerce with 22 points and the Lions hit 10 three-point buckets as a team to move to 9-1 on the season.
A Start For the Record Book
A&M-Commerce saw its 8-0 start to the season come to an end on Dec. 3, but the Lions still found themselves among some elite company. The start tied for the second-best winning streak to start a season, pulling even with the 1953-54 team that advanced to the NAIA quarterfinals.
Price Is Right
Kameron Price had a season-high 22 points in A&M-Commerce's 30-point win over Northwood on Wednesday night. The senior from Fort Worth hit all seven of his shots from the charity stripe, and three of his four three-point tries in the game, while adding six rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists.
Wall Of Macauley
In addition to his 9.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, A&M-Commerce big man Christian Macauley has been stellar as the Lions' last line of defense. The junior from Washington D.C. leads the Lone Star Conference with 2.6 blocks per game after adding three more to his season total on Wednesday. He has at least one block in every game this season for the Lions, with multiple blocks in seven of A&M-Commerce's 10 games to date. Lee Johnson holds the single-season school record with 84 blocks (2.8 bpg), set in 1978-79.
At Or Near The Top
With its 9-1 start, it stands to reason to think the Lions would be at or near the top of most statistical categories in the Lone Star Conference. To date, the Lions rank second in points (88.7 ppg) and blocks (4.0 bpg), while leading in total rebounding (45.4 rpg).
Individually, LaDon Carnegie ranks eighth in the LSC in scoring (15.1 ppg), while Christian Macauley ranks sixth in rebounding (6.4 rpg), eighth in field-goal percentage (55.7) and first in blocks (2.6 bpg). Guard De'Andre Carson leads the league in assist/turnover ratio (7.0), while Kameron Price is seventh with 1.8 steals per game.