Texas A&M University-Commerce had the lead for over 24 minutes versus Texas A&M University-Kingsville, but the Lions could not fend off the Javelinas and fell 76-72 at The Field House on Wednesday night. The Lions fall to 2-10 overall and 1-2 in Lone Star Conference play. The win lifts Kingsville to 6-6 overall and 1-1 in LSC play.
Ben Rikard, the new Director of Media Relations for A&M-Commerce Lion Athletics, sat down with Cooper, Taylor and Jordan to talk about his new job, where the Lions will go next, and the upcoming basketball schedule. Also discussed: Mack Brown and Charlie Strong, the BCS, and the new college playoff system.
Despite LaDon Carnegie's 18 points in his return from a two-game absence, the Texas A&M University-Commerce Lions could not overcome a hot-shooting Midwestern State bunch in the second half, falling 84-73 in the Lone Star Conference opener for both teams at The Field House.
A&M-Commerce (2-9, 1-1 LSC) needed overtime to seal a 71-64 upset win over the visiting Mustangs of Midwestern State (9-4, 1-1). The win marks the end of a seven game losing streak for the Lions versus the Mustangs. The Lions did their damage on the defensive end, holding Midwestern State to just 1-20 (5%) from three-point range and a season low 29.3% from the field overall.
The Angelo State Rambelles erased a six-point halftime deficit and held off an Texas A&M University-Commerce comeback attempt in the game’s final two minutes to edge the Lions 55-54 in the Lone Star Conference opener for both teams on Thursday at The Field House.
Last Saturday, December 28th, was the date of the funeral for legendary country and western singer, songwriter, and bandleader, Ray Price, who died at 87 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Among those who spoke at the service were radio personalities Dallas Wayne, Eddie Stubbs, and Bill Mack – who read a statement from Willie Nelson. Also asked to speak was Dr. Dan Jones of Texas A&M University-Commerce, the institution which conferred upon Price a doctorate of Humane Letters in December of 2009.
A&M-Commerce will take on their third Division I team this season when they face the Lumberjacks of Stephen F. Austin on Monday. The Lions will try to make it back-to-back wins after getting their first win of the season last time out versus Ouachita Baptist. The Lions then open up Lone Star Conference play when the calendar turns to 2014 when Angelo and Midwestern State come to The Field House. This season marks the third straight season in which the Lions open up their conference schedule at home.
A&M-Commerce Lions at Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks
Texas A&M University-Commerce got their first win of the season over Ouachita Baptist and also recording the program's first ever win over the Tigers. The Lions held the Tigers scoreless from the three-point line in the second half and got 12 second-half points from Danielle Dixon to secure the win.
Overall the Lions held the Tigers to just 3-of-20 from behind the line (15%) and to just 35% shooting overall.