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Western New Mexico ran up against a hot-shooting opponent Thursday night against in-state rival Eastern New Mexico.

The Greyhounds shot 19-38 (50%) from the field including 4-12 (33.3%) from 3pt in the first half to jump out to an early lead. The Mustangs managed to hang around and a long running 3pt shot at the buzzer by Amarion Cash (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe) cut the deficit to nine at the half, 48-39.

The Lady Mustangs opened up the season with a big 8-1 win over Ottawa University Arizona. Leading the way for the Mustangs were Junior Karina Kolovos, Freshman Camila Gomez (Bogota, Columbia ), Julia Terrazas (Santa Cruz, Bolivia ), Nicold Gonzalez (Bogota, Columbia ) and Junior Kaycie Cormier (Douglas, AZ/Douglas).

1D. J. Tozzi/C.Gomez WNMU def. H. Papaco/M.Fournier 8-3
2D. C. Torrico/N.Gonzalez WNMU def. J. Ortiz/B. Amaya 8-5
3D. K. Kolovos/J. Terrazas WNMU def. J. Torres/S. Wenzel 8-0

**NAIA 9-point scoring format was used for the match

WNMU's James Temple (Malahide, IRL/Malahide Community School) fired a freshman record 65 in the opening round of The Cactus Thaw to take the individual lead on Sunday. Temple's extraordinary record carried the Mustangs into second place, behind Midland College. Odessa College was third in the 7-team event held at Lonestar Golf Club in El Paso.

The Western New Mexico Lady Mustangs went up against a talented Lone Star Conference opponent Thursday night at #11 West Texas A&M.

The Buffs led from the outset and would not give it up, leading for all but two minutes when the score was tied in the first quarter. Despite forcing 20 Buffs turnovers the Mustangs were unable to find their rhythm offensively, and would eventually fall on the road.

The Western New Mexico Mustangs put up 81 points on the road Thursday night, but were unable to get past a solid #7 West Texas A&M team.

Western jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, and forced West Texas to burn an early timeout less than a minute into the game. It would be all Buffs from that point in the half, and the Mustangs would go into halftime trailing by 23.

Looking to redeem themselves from their first meeting with the Falcons, the Mustangs played host to UT - Permian Basin to open the second round of conference play.

The Falcons got on the board first by none other than leading scorer Jacob Ledoux, taking matters into his own hands scoring the first seven points of the game.

Davis Wade (Jackson, MS/Will C Wood) broke a 14-0 run by the Falcons, finding the basket beyond the arc.

Head Men's Basketball Coach Matt Enriquez announced today that Tristin Moore from Silver City has officially signed to play for the Mustangs beginning in the 2019-20 season.

"We are really excited to keep Tristin at home," said Enriquez. "He's one of the best guards in the state of New Mexico, and the fact that he is a local kid made it that much more important for us to sign him. We expect him to be a great help to our program going forward."

Moore will join the Mustangs after a stellar prep career. His accolades include:

West Texas A&M remains atop the men's basketball conference standings at 8-1 after adding 3 victories in the last 7 days over Tarleton State, TAMU Commerce and Eastern New Mexico. Commerce sits alone in second place 1 game back while Angelo State & TAMU Kingsville are tied for 3rd with 6-3 conference records.

Commerce will visit Kingsville in the marquis game Thursday night as those teams are the only teams in the top 5 to play each other. Commerce & Angelo State will then match up on Saturday in a similar meeting of top LSC teams.

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