CU goes cold in loss to Lions
November 27, 2018
Cameron University Athletics
Kenton Means – Sports Information Director
LAWTON, Okla. – The Cameron men’s basketball team could not overcome a cold shooting night, as they fell 83-75 to Arkansas-Fort Smith on Tuesday night.
The Aggies shot just 34.3 percent from the field, going 6-21 from three, while their counterpart shot a red-hot 53.4 percent from the floor, hitting on 12 of their 29 shots from the perimeter. CU’s free throw shooting was what kept them in the game, as they went 21-24 from the foul line.
Zach Dumas led the way for the Black and Gold, scoring 20 points on 7-19 shooting from the floor and 5-6 from the charity stripe. Dumas also had a team-high five steals to go along with five rebounds in the loss. Chris Royal reached his season high with 12 points to go along with a CU best nine rebounds, while freshman Andrew Nguyen had a career-high 10 points while going 4-6 from the floor.
Cameron jumped out to an early 24-13 lead on a Tyus Momoh three pointer at the 11:54 mark, but the Lions answered with four three pointers of their own in the next five minutes, taking a 31-29 lead with 5:59 to play in the half. The teams battled back and forth in the final minutes of the frame, until UAFS went on a 6-2 run to hold a 41-37 lead at halftime.
After going back and forth to start the second, Fort Smith used a 7-0 run to jump out to an 11 point lead with 11 minutes to play in the contest. CU responded right away with nine straight points to get back to within two. However, every time the Aggies got close, UAFS found a way to go back out on top, winning the game 83-75.
Seth Hawley, who was 6-9 from the floor, 4-7 from three, and 7-9 from the charity stripe, led UAFS with 23 points, while Matt Morgan chipped in 17 points, seven boards, and four blocks in the win.
Cameron now sits at 2-4 on the young season, while Fort Smith is now an even .500 at 4-4. The two teams will play again on Dec. 18 in Fort Smith, Ark.
The Aggies next test will be a pair of Lone Star Conference battles as they travel to No. 8 West Texas A&M on Thursday, Nov. 29 and then Eastern New Mexico on Saturday, Dec. 1.