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Lion MBB: Preview vs. Cameron

Jordan Ader, Sports Reporter

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By Jordan Ader | Sports Reporter

Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s basketball faces off against the Cameron University Aggies tonight hoping to show out for the home crowd on Greek Night at The Field House.

The Lions return home after splitting a two-game road trip in which they beat A&M-Kingsville 80-77 Jan. 27, but lost 67-81 to Angelo State Feb. 2.

“When you go against two very good programs in tough environments, it’s hard to win. To come away with a split was good,” Lion head coach and reigning NCAA Small College Coach of the Year Jaret von Rosenberg said of his team’s performance during the road stint.

Tonight’s feature at The Field House is Greek Night. Student members of the Greek-letter organizations at A&M-Commerce are encouraged to come cheer on the Lions basketball teams.

“Our campus and community have been unbelievable this year,” Burton said, “We have Greek Night on Thursday. We really appreciate the support they give to all our athletic programs.”

Everybody will be hoping to see the return of Reggie Reid, the Lions’ senior point guard and crowd favorite, from an apparent ankle injury that sidelined him for most of the second half at A&M-Kingsville and the entire Angelo State matchup. Reid, who was selected as the Lone Star Conference Preseason Player of the Year, is the Lions’ leading scorer and distributor with 15.9 points and 4.7 assists per game.

A&M-Commerce is 16-5 overall heading into their matchup against the 8-13 Aggies. The Lions are tied with Angelo State for second in Lone Star Conference competition at 8-3, while Cameron’s 4-7 record puts them at eighth in the conference.

The Lions are 32-23 against Cameron all-time and 11-5 in 16 home matchups since the turn of the century. However, A&M-Commerce has lost their last two home games against Cameron.

Last time these two times played, the Lions won 97-80 at the Aggie Gym in Lawton, Okla. A&M-Commerce shot over 50 percent from the field and really caught fire in the second half to close out the game.

 

What to watch for:

Lights-out Lion shooting: The Lions enter today’s game ranked third in the conference with a .472 shooting percentage, which also puts them at 78th of the 328 Division II teams. They have made over 50 percent of their shots in four of their last 10 contests and are undefeated in 32 games over the last two seasons when outshooting their opponents.

Willie Rooks, SR, TAMU-C G: The Lion rebounding leader with 112 boards, Rooks is also second in points per game (14.2) and assists (47) and is third among his teammates with 28 steals. Rooks stepped up in Reid’s absence as he turned in two of his best shooting performances, scored 36 points, and grabbed 20 rebounds.

Tyus Momoh, SR, Cameron F: The Aggies’ top player, Momoh is 11th in the conference in points per game (13.4), 17th in rebounds (106), third in steals (40), and second to only Reid in assists (4.3). He poured in 23 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and tallied six assists in the Lions’ first matchup with Cameron this season.

Zach Dumas, SR, Cameron G: Dumas is 10th in the Lone Star Conference with 13.4 points per game. He scored eight points in his last matchup against the Lions.

Matchup:

Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7th during Greek Night at The Field House. The game can be heard on 88.9 FM or at www.ketr.org the Lion Sports Network. Fans can also watch the stream hosted by Lion Athletics with commentary by KETR’s Charlie Chitwood at www.lionathletics.com/live.

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