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Lions to Host LSC Leader Cameron Tonight

Feb 3, 2016
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The A&M-Commerce men's basketball team will start the second leg of the Lone Star Conference season when league leader Cameron comes to The Field House Wednesday night with tipoff set for 7:30 p.m.

Commerce High will be in 3A Division I, District 7, while Cooper High will be in 3A Division 2 District 6.
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The 2016-18 UIL realignment will bring an about-face for the Commerce Tigers football team.

Over the past two years, Commerce High School has been in a district composed mostly of schools from suburban Dallas and others to the west. The next two years will give the Tigers a more rural, mostly eastern set of neighbors.

Cooper, Thompson Earn DII All-American Honors

Jan 29, 2016
Lion running back Richard Cooper and offensive lineman Shane Thompson picked up All-American honors from D2Football.com as announced by the organization Thursday.
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Lion running back Richard Cooper and offensive lineman Shane Thompson picked up All-American honors from D2Football.com as announced by the organization Thursday.

The Lions will be way out west with trips to Guymon, Okla.; Odessa; Portales, N.M.; and Silver City, N.M.
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Coming off a historic 2015 season as back-to-back Lone Star Conference champions and an NCAA playoff participant, Texas A&M University-Commerce has announced its robust 2016 football schedule.  The program's 97th season will open Thursday, September 1, against NCAA Division II perennial power North Alabama at Memorial Stadium (7 p.m.).

Lion Women Aim To Keep Improving

Dec 12, 2015
Junior guard Khala Riley looks for an open lane against Baylor.
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After a much-improved season, the Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s basketball team looks to continue to improve against a challenging conference.

After going 7-20 two seasons ago, the Lions were able to make a substantial turnaround last season, finishing at 14-14, including an upset win against Cameron University in the first round of the Lone Star Conference Tournament. Now, Head Coach Jason Burton is eager to keep improving in his second year at the helm.

Lion Men Hope To Continue Success

Dec 10, 2015
Senior guard J.R. Owens pulls up for a three-pointer against Harding.
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Coming off of a stellar 2014-15 season, and a tough nonconference schedule so far, the Texas A&M University–Commerce men’s basketball team is poised to make another run at the NCAA Tournament.

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Good news, Lions fans. The Carthel regime should be here for three more seasons, maybe longer. 

Colby Carthel has led A&M-Commerce to two consecutive Lone Star Conference football championships.
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 Texas A&M University-Commerce President Dr. Dan Jones and Director of Athletics Tim McMurrayannounced today that Head Coach Colby Carthel has signed a three-year contract that keeps him at the helm of the Lions football program through the 2018 season, with opportunities in the agreement to extend it through 2020.
 

Flurry of 3rd-quarter points buries Lions

Nov 23, 2015
The Lions traveled to Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich., for the program's first NCAA Playoff appearance in two decades.
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Ferris State opened the third quarter with 21 points in a 48-30 win on a snowy Saturday afternoon to end Texas A&M University-Commerce's football season at 8-4 after the Lions made the program's first trip to the NCAA Playoffs in 20 years.

 Turning Point

- Ferris State came out of the locker room with 21 points to start the third quarter highlighted by a Jason Vander Laan rushing touchdown on the first possession of the half and a 51-yard interception return to give the Bulldogs a 34-16 lead.

 Highlights

Lance Evans fights to make the catch over one of the best defenders in the conference.
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56. That's how many touchdowns the A&M-Commerce Lions notched in the 2015 regular season. That is...a lot. In fact, enough to earn the Lone Star Conference title for the second year in a row (first time the Lions have accomplished that feat since 1959) and to earn an NCAA Division II Playoff appearance (first time since since 1995).

The No. 20 Lions head to Big Rapids, Michigan to face No. 2 Ferris State Bulldogs at 11am Saturday, Nov. 21st, with pre-game on KETR starting at 10:30am.

The Lions have reached the playoffs for the first time since 1995 after an 8-3 season.
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After a heartbreaking defeat last weekend at the hands of Midwestern State, the Texas A&M University-Commerce football team will now travel north with their season on the line to face the undefeated Ferris State Bulldogs on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Playoffs.

The no. 20 Lions (8-3, 6-0 Lone Star Conference) battled in a game that saw the score tied or the lead changed a total of seven times. With a nine-point lead with less than 7:00 to play, A&M-Commerce seemed to be in the driver’s seat. However, the Mustangs (10-1, 5-1 LSC) would not go down quietly, and scored after gaining possession on a Lion fumble, and then returning an interception for a touchdown on the first play of the ensuing A&M-Commerce drive, resulting in two touchdowns in 15 seconds of game time.

The lead proved to be insurmountable, as the Lions fell to Midwestern State by a score of 33-37, being defeated in the championship round of the LSC playoff for the second straight year. Head Coach Colby Carthel knows that a win would have almost certainly guaranteed a home playoff game for A&M-Commerce.

“We were pretty disappointed with how we played in the last six and a half minutes of that game,” Carthel said. “We missed a golden opportunity to bring the playoffs to Commerce, Texas.”

No. 11 Lions Fall To No.10 Midwestern St. 33-37.

Nov 14, 2015
The Lions fell in the final game of the LSC Playoffs for the second straight year.
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After holding a nine point lead with under 10 minutes to play, the no. 11 Texas A&M University-Commerce football team saw their lead vanish in a flash, and fell to no. 10 Midwestern State by a score of 33-37 Saturday night in Commerce.

         What started as a highly touted game ended up living up to the hype, as the score was tied or the lead was flipped a total of seven times in the contest. The Lions (8-3, 6-0 Lone Star Conference) struck first on a 47-yard touchdown pass from Harrison Stewart to Lance Evans. The Mustangs (10-1, 5-1 LSC) gained the lead in the second after Chase Thrasher’s punt was blocked and picked up by Herb Whitehurst for a score. A&M-Commerce struck back with 57 seconds remaining in the half to knot the score at 17 all going into the locker room.

The Lions struck twice to begin the third on touchdown passes to Derrick Macon, and led 30-17 in the third. A Midwestern State touchdown run cut the lead to six, and the field was flipped for the final quarter.

A&M-Commerce pulled out a 15-play, 63-yard drive, but stalled in the red zone, settling for a 25-yard field goal by Kristov Martinez to increase the lead to 33-24 with 9:52 remaining. The Lions looked to be able to take a big chunk out of the clock, but a fumble by Richard Cooper was recovered by the Mustangs. Midwestern wasted no time, as they scored on their first play of the drive, cutting the lead to 33-31.

After a knuckleball kick pinned the Lions inside their own five, things went from bad to worse as Stewart’s pass was intercepted by Harold Willis, who easily walked in for a score, putting the Mustangs ahead 33-37 just 15 seconds apart.

A&M-Commerce tried valiantly to come up with a game-winning drive, but were thwarted on fourth down when Stewart’s pass was tipped and intercepted by Tari Jones, which put the game out of reach.

On the road again? There's a chance the Lions could travel to Midwestern State for a first-round playoff game.
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The Javelinas from down in South Texas will always be Texas A&M University-Commerce's traditional rival. And yes, the Rams from down San Angelo way have been kind of pesky of late. The Lions also like to get after Tarleton and WT. But if you're looking for a serious rivalry - one with just a bit of bitterness - look up Highway 82 toward Wichita Falls.

Both teams face eachother as the no. 11 and no. 10 teams in the nation for the second time in three weeks.
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After a wild 36-35 win over Angelo State in game one of the Lone Star Conference Playoffs, the Texas A&M University-Commerce football team now looks to finish the job on Saturday against Midwestern State in Commerce.

The no. 11 Lions’ (8-2, 6-0 LSC) hopes looked dim last weekend after an early second half Rams touchdown put A&M-Commerce behind by 18 points. However, on the ensuing kickoff, Richard Cooper was back deep for his first kickoff return of the season. Cooper made the most of his chance to shine by returning the kick 88-yards for a score, the first kick return touchdown of his career.

The score seemed to bolster both the Lions offense and their defense, as A&M-Commerce began to put points on the board, while Angelo State quarterback Kyle Washington was beginning to be stifled by Lion defenders. A&M-Commerce finally went ahead on a 25-yard touchdown pass to Lance Evans on fourth down with 7:21 left to play.

That was plenty of time for the Rams, as they began to drive down the field. The drive stalled in the red zone, and it came down to a fourth and 1 at the two yard line. Washington attempted a quarterback sneak, but could not make it across the line. With the ball back in their hands, the Lions sealed the victory with a 50-yard run by Cooper, which allowed A&M-Commerce to run the clock to zero.

Head Coach Colby Carthel admired the way his team played in the second half to grab the win.

“I told them that no one remembers how you start the game, but how you finish it,” Carthel said. “We were able to go out there and make the plays we needed to win the game.”

The purpose of the LSC Playoffs, like the Lions' alternate uniform, is kind of gray.
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Some folks around the Lone Star Conference have called it a “circular firing squad.” Others have used names that aren’t printable. Even those not quite as grumpy about the idea have a hard time explaining it because, like a transitional relationship status, it’s complicated.

Perhaps a catechism might be the best format for exegesis of a concept as nuanced as the Lone Star Conference Football Playoffs. Texas A&M University-Commerce and Midwestern State University will kick off at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Commerce in the title game of this tournament. 

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