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Western New Mexico men's basketball traveled west to take on PacWest conference member and host Notre Dame de Namur for their of the NDNU Thanksgiving Classic Friday. The Argos shot off 10-three pointers in the second half alone, creating a gap the Mustangs could not close, falling 77-63.
Rodney Simon (Boston, MA/Randolph ) – 14-points | 6-9 FG | 4 rebounds
Elijah Holifield (Atlanta, GA/Pace Academy) – 13-points | 9 rebounds | 1 block | 1 steal | 1 assist
Amarion Cash (Phoenix, AZ/Mountain Pointe) – 12-points |2-4 3PT | 3 assists | 1 steal
HOW IT HAPPENED:
In a game that saw 21 lead changes, the Mustang Men's Basketball team fell to Holy Names Saturday on day two of the NDNU Thanksgiving Tournament by a score of 84-79. WNMU shot 48.3 percent from the field, and dished out 17 assists and four blocks to lead those categories. The Mustang bench also contributed 35 points to the Holy Names 15.
Elijah Holifield (Atlanta, GA/Pace Academy) – 20-points | 8 rebounds | 2 blocks | 8-13 FG | 4-7 3PT
Malik Sanders (Durham, NC/Smithfield-Selma ) – 19-points | 6-9 FG | 3-3 3PT | 4-4 FT | 2 assists | 3 rebounds
HOW IT HAPPENED:
In their first game under new leadership, and the conference opener, the Mustangs jumped out to a hot start, but fell in overtime to the UTPB Falcons Saturday afternoon in Odessa. Multiple Mustangs finished in double-digits, along with leading the game in assists and steals.
Eddie Giron (Monterrey, Mexico/Harmony Science Academy) – 20-points | 9 rebounds | 1 block | 3 steals | 7-13 FG
Tony Avalos (Las Cruces, NM/Onate) – 19-points | 4 rebounds | 4 assists | 1 steal | 7-14 FG | 4-5 FT
Elijah Holifield (Atlanta, GA/Pace Academy) – 18-points | 4 rebounds | 2 assists |
Rodney Simon (Boston, MA/Randolph ) – 10-points | 5 rebounds
Andrew Leonard (Tucson, AZ /Cienega ) – 10 points | 3-7 3PT
HOW IT HAPPENED:
In their conference opener, the Western New Mexico women's basketball team suffered a third quarter slump and were unable to recover as they fell to the Falcons 73-54 Saturday afternoon at the UTPB Gym Complex.
Alexis Jones (Dallas, TX/) – 10-points | 5 rebounds | 1 block | 5 steals
Paulina Rodriguez (Chihuahua, Mexico/Montverde Academy) – 6-points | 3 assists | 2 steals
Kayla Clark (Mesa, Arizona/Dobson High School) – 8-points | 6 rebounds | 1 steal | 1 assist
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Paulina Rodriguez (Chihuahua, Mexico/Montverde Academy) started things off with a three nearly seconds into the game.
UTPB led by as many as 5 in the opening frame, but a layup from Kayla Clark (Mesa, Arizona/Dobson High School) matched the teams at 14.
Alicia Mardis (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) put a last minute layup in to take a 17-14 lead going into quarter two.
Up until the five minute mark, the teams traded leads.
A series of free throws and points in the paint gave way to UTPB maintaining a lead.
Alexis Jones (Dallas, TX/) was brought to the foul line, sinking both free throws to go into the locker rooms trailing by a point at the half.
The third quarter is where the game took a turn for the Mustangs.
UTPB went on a 15-3 scoring run, which eventually turned into a 24-point quarter while holding WNMU to just eight points.
In the final frame, WNMU kept the scoring close but could not overcome the third quarter deficit.
Turnovers played a factor as well, as the Mustangs committed 34 to the Falcons 22.
The Mustang Women's Basketball team remains on the road, stepping out of conference and Division II opponents to take on Sul Ross State November 25, in Alpine, Texas. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. CST.
In their first meeting since 2015, the two teams did skip a beat upholding the rivalry. Pushing the series record to 6-2 overall, and returning the Warrior helmet back to Silver City, the Mustangs used a second half surge to win the inaugural La Batalla Bowl 23-14 in Las Vegas N.M. Saturday afternoon.
CJ Fowler (Mesa, AZ/Desert Ridge HS) – 22-of-37 | 316-yards passing | 3 TDs
Vincent Brown (Los Angeles, CA/Artesia) – 17 carries | 98-yards
Reggie Colson III (Hollywood, FL/South Borward HS) – 12 receptions | 226-yards | 3 TDs | Long of 65
David Melendez (Las Cruces, NM/Las Cruces HS) – 6 tackles | 2.0 TFL / 15-yards | 1.0 sack/ 11-yards |
HOW IT HAPPENED:
When the wins and losses don't look impressive, it's hard to get recognition for many players in the postseason All Conference awards. While WNMU football didn't post the win total they wanted, twelve players received recognition in the Lone Star Conference awards.
Josh Powell, a freshman WR from St. Louis was named the Lone Star Freshman of the Year. Powell ranked third in most statistical categories, behind fellow Mustang Reggie Colson III. Powell caught 60 passes for 974 yards this year. He averaged 16.2 yards per reception and 81 yards per game. Powell was also named to the second team offense in the LSC.
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