Men’s basketball home opener set for Friday
For Immediate Release
November 14, 2019
Cameron University Athletics
Kenton Means – Sports Information Director
LAWTON, Okla. — The Aggie faithful will get their first look at the Cameron men’s basketball team on Friday as they battle Southwestern Oklahoma State for their 2019-20 home opener.
1. The Cameron men opened up the season with a pair of losses in Colorado in which they gave up 90+ points and an opponents field goal percentage of over 50 percent in both games.
2. Brock Schreiner picked up where he left off last season and in exhibition play as the sophomore averaged 16.5 points while shooting over 42 percent from the floor and three-point range during CU’s first two contests.
3. Kendall Scott showed last weekend that he improved his game over the offseason, averaging 15.0 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting over 47 percent from the field in Colorado.
4. Southwestern Oklahoma State is looking to bounce back from a 2018-19 season that saw them go 5-23 overall and 2-20 in the Great American Conference; the Bulldogs are 1-1 to begin the new season.
5. SWOSU made 17 three point field goals during their opening weekend and had three players with scoring averages in double-figures: Damion Thompson (16.5 ppg), Marquis Johnson (12.5 ppg), and Jaylan Williams (10.0 ppg).
About the Aggies:
The Aggies had a rough start to the season as they face a pair of red-hot offenses from CSU-Pueblo and UC-Colorado Springs. CU scored 65.5 points per game during the weekend, but also allowed their opponents to score over 90 points in both outings and average a field goal percentage of over 54 percent. Cameron is shooting just over 38 percent from the floor and 39 percent from three, while going 28-45 from the free throw line during the opening weekend. They are being out-rebounded by eight boards per game and record just 7.0 assists per outing. Defensively, CU averaged 8.5 steals and 0.5 blocks per game. Brock Schreiner leads the way offensively, scoring 16.5 points per game while shooting over 42 percent from the floor and three-point range. Fellow sophomore Kendall Scott leads the squad with 6.5 rebounds per outing to go along with 15.0 points per game. Scott is also shooting over 47 percent from the floor and has an average of 1.0 steal per game. Additionally, Tyler Williams is averaging 8.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.5 steals through two games for the Black and Gold.
Last Time Out:
The Black and Gold faced a pair of tough offenses during their opening weekend. Against CSU-Pueblo, CU was down just three points at half time before their opponent exploded for 54 points while shooting 72 percent from the floor in the second half. The Aggies uncharacteristically turned the ball over 19 times while totaling just nine assists against the Pack. Schreiner led the way with 21 points, while Scott added 15 points and six boards. There was a similar script in CU’s game against UCCS the next day. Down just seven at the half, Cameron was tasked with keeping up with the Mountain Lions, who scored 56 points while shooting 66.7 percent from the floor in the second 20 minutes of action. CU was limited to a field goal percentage of 36 percent and was 10-19 from the foul line in the 90-62 loss. Scott matched his game one scoring output with 15 points and seven rebounds against UCCS, while Schreiner and Williams each added 12 points.
Scouting the Bulldogs:
Southwestern Oklahoma State enters the contest with a 1-1 record after beating Emporia State 82-73 in overtime in their opener and falling to Fort Hays State the next day 58-53. They are shooting right at 37 percent from the field while going 17-47 from three-point range and 26-34 from the foul line in the first two contests. SWOSU is also getting out-rebounded by 16.5 boards per game, but are winning the turnover battle by 11.5. They also averaged 10.0 steals and 2.0 blocks on defense and 10.5 assists on offense. Damion Thornton leads the way with 16.5 points per game through week one of the season. The 6-4 sophomore is also averaging 4.5 boards per contest and shooting over 54 percent from the floor. Marquis Johnson also scored in double-figures during the first two games with a season scoring average of 12.5, while Jaylan Williams averaged right at 10.0 points last weekend. Lawton MacArthur grad Anthony Love leads the Bulldogs with 7.5 rebounds per outing to go along with his 9.5 point scoring average. Additionally, 6-5 junior Bralyn James is averaging 9.0 points through two games for Southwestern Oklahoma.
Who Has Next:
The Aggies will be on the road in their only game next week as they travel to Kansas to face Newman on Nov. 20. They then have a pair of home contests during “Feast Week” (Nov. 25 against Rogers State and Nov. 30 against Central Oklahoma) before opening up Lone Star Conference play at Western New Mexico on Dec. 7.
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