Local sports events
WNMU men's basketball experienced their first true road game of the young season visiting Texas A&M International last night. The game featured 9 lead changes and 5 ties, most of them in the first half, but the Mustangs came out on top thanks to shooting better than 50% from the field.
Willie McCray's milestone night, he surpassed 1,000 points for his career, paced WNMU with 21 points on 7-14 shooting. Three other Stangs scored in double figures; Jon Reese Woodson added added 15 points while C.J. Van Beekum and Eddie Giron chipped in 11 a piece.
The teams battled in the first half exchanging the lead 9 times and finding themselves tied 5 times. WNMU jumped out to an early lead on a Woodson layup. TAMI would answer and the race battle was on.The Mustangs found themselves down 18-13 with just under 8:00 remaining in the first half. Strong defense and hot shooting would help them surge ahead, outscoring TAMI 16-7 to take a 29-25 lead into intermission.
For the second time in less than a week, intrastate rivals WNMU & NMHU met on the basketball court, this time in Silver City. While the Mustangs led for most of the game, the Cowboys were able to put together a late charge to pull out the victory and avenge their loss on Friday night.
The Mustangs dominated early on the strength of a smothering defense led by Lesten Gordon's 2 blocks and 3 rebounds in the first 7 minutes. Willie McCray dropped 7 points to build a 22-8 lead for WNMU at the midway point of the first half. Highlands would turn up the intensity of their defense to cool the Mustang's shooting and used a half court shot at the buzzer to cut the Stang lead to 36-33 at the intermission.
Western New Mexico, Angelo State, Texas A&M-Commerce, and UT Permian Basin started the season 2-0. Those wins helped the LSC compile an 18-7 overall record in the opening weekend. The Lone Star was 7-5 against the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and 4-2 against the Heartland Conference.
The Players of the Week are:
WNMU, Eastern New Mexico, West Texas A&M, and Tarleton State all started the season 2-0. Western helped the conference go 9-3 versus RMAC teams while the rest of the conference was a combined 3-6 against the Heartland Conference.
The Players of the Week in the LSC:
WNMU men's basketball hopes to ride the high of winning both games on opening weekend as they host NM Highlands University on Wednesday night on Drag's Court. It will be a rematch of the first game of the season for both teams; a contest Western won 81-75.
Early in that game the teams traded buckets until Senior Leston Gordon hit three straight shots to give WNMU a 26-18 lead just past the midway point of the first half. Western shooters would go cold allowing Highlands to come back, taking a seven point lead into the break, 41-34.
Mustang football fell to top-ranked Tarleton State on the road today, 58-0.
Unable to get on the board, the Mustangs struggled offensively. Raemos Fano (Pago Pago, American Samoa/Fagaitua) led the Mustangs offense with 12 completions on 23 attempts for 89 yards passing. DeAndre Williams (Tucson, AZ/Tucson Magnet) fell just shy of another 100 yard performance, tallying 18 carries for 89 yards. Arkemust Baskerville followed up with 12 carries for 29 yards.
The Western New Mexico University men's basketball team made some timely shots and got some important stops on the defensive end in the closing minutes Saturday afternoon to defeat the Fort Lewis College Skyhawks by a score 74-70. The matchup featured the two winners from the first day of the Conference Challenge, an annual classic played between two teams from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and the Lone Star Conference.
Early on it was a tight game as neither team could grab a commanding lead. Both teams were finally able to get some offense going, and the Mustangs took the largest lead for either team in the first half at 24-16 on a mid-range jumper by Alfredo Rodriguez (Aguascalientes, Mexico/Harmony Science Academy). Fort Lewis would cut into the deficit before halftime, but Western would go to the locker room leading 34-30.
The Western New Mexico University men's basketball team came back from 17 points down in the second half to defeat New Mexico Highlands University on Friday night in the Rudy Davalos Center on the campus of the University of New Mexico.
The scoring was tight early on until the Mustangs managed to open up a 26-18 lead after senior Leston Gordon (Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago/Tunapuna Government Secondary) knocked down three straight shots in the paint. Highlands would answer back, narrowing the gap to one at 33-32 with just over three minutes to play in the first half when Gerad Davis came up with a steal and converted the layup in transition. Some tough full-court press defense from the Cowboys that led to offense enabled them to go into halftime leading the Mustangs, 41-34
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