Cameron opens season in Colorado
For Immediate Release
November 7, 2019
Cameron University Athletics
Kenton Means – Sports Information Director
LAWTON, Okla. — The Cameron men’s basketball team opens their 2019-20 season with a pair of contests in Colorado as they face Colorado State-Pueblo on Friday and Colorado-Colorado Springs on Saturday.
Game Information | Game Notes:
11/08 – Cameron at Colorado State-Pueblo | Pueblo, Colo. | 8:30 p.m. (CT) | Live Stats | Live Video
11/09 – Cameron at Colorado-Colorado Springs | Colorado Springs, Colo. | 8:30 p.m. (CT) | Live Stats | Live Video
1. The Aggies are entering their fourth year under head coach Andrew Brown picked to finish 14th in the newly expanded Lone Star Conference; they return seven players from last year’s squad and have a pair of of key players back after missing last season due to injury.
2. Cameron has strong senior leadership in Jordan Lewis, Jalen Nicholas, and Tyler Williams; last season Lewis averaged a career-high 8.5 points per game and Nicholas led CU with 6.2 rebounds per game while Williams is a lockdown defender with career averages of 7.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest.
3. Sophomore Brock Schreiner is primed for a breakout season, scoring 28 points on 12-18 shooting from the field during CU’s exhibition game against USAO.
4. The Thunderwolves from CSU-Pueblo were voted 12th in the RMAC Preseason Poll, while Jason Anderson, Tyson Gilbert, and Donovan Oldham were named RMAC Players to Watch.
5. Colorado-Colorado Springs brings back four of their five starters from a team that went 17-12 overall and 14-8 in RMAC play last season; the Mountain Lions were picked to finish sixth in their conference’s preseason poll.
About the Aggies:
Cameron returns seven players from a team that finished in eight place in the Lone Star Conference standings with a 9-20 overall record and a 5-13 league mark. Despite losing their top scorers from last season, CU brings back four players who averaged over five points per game, including seniors Jordan Lewis (8.5 ppg) and Jalen Nicholas (7.8 ppg and 6.2 rpg). Joining them will be fellow senior Tyler Williams, who is back after sitting out 2018-19 due to an injury. Williams averaged 9.9 points and 5.1 rebounds as a junior and recorded 10.3 points and 4.0 rebounds per game as a sophomore. Standout sophomore Brock Schreiner played big minutes down the stretch for the Black and Gold, averaging 10.5 points during the final 10 games of his freshman campaign.
Last weekend, the Aggies had a pair of tune-up contests against Division I Texas State and the NAIA No. 13 ranked team Science and Arts (Okla.). Against the Bobcats, CU emptied the bench in a 91-54 loss, playing all 15 student-athletes in a game in which they shot 38 percent from the floor and just 26 percent from three. The Aggies also turned the ball over 19 times, with 10 of those coming via TSU steals. Freshman JeMarcus Caldwell led the squad with eight points, while six other scored five or more for the Black and Gold. The next night, Cameron traveled to Chickasha, Okla. and fell 92-85 to the Drovers. CU upped their shooting to 43 percent from the floor and 39 percent from the perimeter, but went just 12-25 from the charity stripe in the loss. Schreiner led the way with 28 points on 12-18 shooting, while Williams and Kendall Scott each added nine points to the offensive effort.
Scouting the Thunderwolves:
A year ago, Colorado State-Pueblo turned in a 6-22 record, recording three wins at home, with two coming on the road. They are pegged for 12th place finish in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC). The Pack field a veteran laced team with eight upperclassmen. On their roster, the Thunderwolves have three players with Division I experience. One of those players is Jason Anderson, who spent time at Air Force before transferring to CSU-Pueblo. The redshirt-senior from Colorado Springs, Colo. was the Thunderwolves second-leading scorer a year ago with 10 points per game, to go along with his five rebounds per contest production.
Scouting the Mountain Lions:
The Mountain Lions posted a 17-12 record last season and were dominant at home only losing one contest in Colorado Springs. The Lions fell in the first round of the RMAC tournament to Regis University 80-78 to finish last season on a three-game skid. A year ago, the Mountain Lions were able to pour in 82.5 points per game, but defensively they allowed 82.0 points per contest. They were voted sixth in the RMAC coaches poll and return four of their five starters from a year ago. UCCS will rely on guard Padlet Wang, who led the team in scoring with almost 13 points per game, nearly two steals per contest, six rebounds, and a trio of assists. Wang hit 51 percent of his shots from the floor and was even able to extend his game to the perimeter hitting the long ball at a 33 percent rate. The Mountain Lions return three scorers who averaged double figures a year ago. As a freshman, DaRaun Clark poured in ten points, three rebounds, and a block and steal per game.
Who Has Next:
Cameron’s trip to Colorado will be followed by their home opener at the Aggie Gym on Friday, Nov. 15. The Aggies will host Southwestern Oklahoma State for the non-conference contest that is scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m. Live stats and video will be available on cameronaggies.com.
Sports Information Director – Cameron University
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