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Lion MBB preview vs MSU-Texas

Jordan Ader, Sports Reporter

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By Jordan Ader | Sports Reporter

Texas A&M-Commerce men’s basketball faces rival Midwestern State University-Texas today during Fill the Field House Night at the A&M-Commerce Field House.

The Lions are fresh off an 87-78 win over Cameron University on Thursday night. Srdan Budimir and Wayne Stewart had career nights as A&M-Commerce shot 54 percent from the field and 51 percent from beyond the arc.

A&M-Commerce enters today’s game at 17-5 overall and 9-4 in Lone Star Conference competition. They are second in the Lone Star Conference but must watch their back as third-place Angelo State is only a half-game behind them.

​Midwestern State is 2-10 in conference play, and 6-16 overall. In the Lone Star Conference playoff picture, they are on the outside looking in, two games behind eighth-place Cameron for the final conference playoff spot.

​Midwestern State leads the all-time series 54-37 heading into the 92nd matchup between the two teams. A&M-Commerce has won their last two home games against Midwestern State, but are only 5-9 in home matchups against the Mustangs since the turn of the century.

​The last time these two teams played was Jan. 3 in Wichita Falls, where the Lions caught fire in the second half to win 78-64 on Midwestern State’s home floor. Guard Willie Rooks led A&M-Commerce with 20 points and nine rebounds.

 

What to watch for:

Willie Rooks, Sr, TAMU-C, G: Rooks has double-doubles in two of the last three games and has averaged just over 16 points a game during the same span. He and freshman guard Carson Tuttle have stepped up in Reggie Reid’s absence. Rooks is seventh in the conference in points (311) and 13th in rebounding (124).

Great team play by the Lions: A&M-Commerce has 20 or more assists in three of their last six games, and six times so far this season. In those games, A&M-Commerce is undefeated and have, on average, outscored their opponents by just under 27 points.

JaJuan Starks, Sr, MSU, G: In the Lone Star Conference, Starks is fourth in points (341) and 11th in rebounds (128). He’s scored 45 points over his last two games, including a 27 pointperformance at Tarleton State on Thursday.

 

Matchup: Game time is set for 4 p.m. 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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