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Aggie men open LSC play at WNMU

 

For Immediate Release

December 6, 2019

Cameron University Athletics

Kenton Means - Sports Information Director

 

LAWTON, Okla. – The Cameron men's basketball team opens up their Lone Star Conference slate at Western New Mexico on Saturday, after earning their first win of the season last week.

Game Information:
12/7 - Cameron at Western New Mexico | Silver City, N.M. at 5 p.m. (CT) | Live Video | Live Stats | Game Notes

Starting 5: 
1. Cameron's 16-point comeback win over Central Oklahoma notched their first win over the 2019-20 season and was the third time they have overcome that much of a deficit in the last two seasons, Lubbock Christian (11/17/18) and Eastern New Mexico (1/31/19) were the other two.
2. After scoring 19 points, three shy of a career-high, against UCO, Tyler Williams has reached double-figures in the last three outings, averaging 15.7 points per game during that span.
3. Sophomore Kendall Scott has led the Aggies in rebounding in all six games played this season, with six or more boards in each outing; he is just shy of averaging a double-double with 11.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game for the Black and Gold.
4. Western New Mexico is ranked in the top-10 of the conference in scoring with 77.2 points per game, but have yet to hold an opponent under 70 points as they are second to last in the LSC with an 88.7 opponents scoring average.
5. Rodney Simon, a 6-9 forward from Boston, Mass., is currently leading the conference with a .692 field goal percentage; he is also averaging 12.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest as well.

Last time out: 
Still searching for their first win of the year, the Aggies found themselves down 16 at the half last Saturday against Central Oklahoma. They responded by shooting over 51 percent from the field and going 7-11 from three in a half in the second 20 minutes of action where they outscored UCO 43-25 to secure the 73-71 win. CU had a season-best 15 assists while turning the ball over just three times in the two point win.

Senior Tyler Williams led the charge, scoring a season-high 19 points on 7-11 shooting from the field. He knocked down four three-point field goals and had two steals on the defensive end. Brock Schreiner also had four treys in the game, scoring 14 points and collecting five assists, while Kendall Scott had a near double-double with 14 points and nine boards.

About the Aggies: 
Cameron snapped their five game losing skid to start the season by getting back to their brand of basketball, limiting turnovers and hitting the long ball. They are now averaging just 14.3 giveaways per game, which is a long way from their first four game average of 18.8 turnovers. CU is also second in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (39.8), making 7.5 trey balls per outing. Additionally, the Black and Gold are averaging 67 points per game and shooting almost 39 percent from the field, compared to their opponents 79.2 points per game and 48.1 field goal percentage against them.

Schreiner leads the Aggies with 13.0 points per game, shooting over 37 percent from three and 73.1 percent from the foul line. The sophomore also averaged 2.0 assists per contest, which leads the squad. Williams is scoring 11.8 points per game, while averaging a team-best 2.0 steals and shooting 45 percent from long range. Sophomore Kendall Scott is averaging just short of a double-double with 11.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per outing. He is currently fourth in the LSC in rebounding and also records 1.2 steals per game.

Scouting the Mustangs: 
Similar to the Aggies, Western New Mexico has gotten off to a slow start to the 2019-20 campaign at just 1-6 on the year. They have already played their first league contest, falling to UT Permian Basin 104-97 on Nov. 23. Scoring hasn't been the problem for the Mustangs, as they average over 79 points per game and are shooting 44 percent from the floor. Where they have struggled is on the defensive end, where they have allowed 80+ points in four games, including a pair of 100+ point games. WNMU knocks down 9.4 treys per outing at a 34.6 percent clip and are shooting 75.4 percent from the foul line. They also averaged 14.9 assists compared to 14.7 turnovers per outing.

Elijah Holifield has been WNMU's most productive scorer through seven games, averaging 13.9 points while shooting over 43 percent from the field and three-point range. Additionally, 6-9 forward Rodney Simon averaged 12.8 points and 5.4 rebounds while shooting the ball at a 69 percent clip. Andrew Leonard is also scoring in double-figures with 10.2 points per outing, including a 25 point outburst where he made six trey balls against the University of the Southwest (N.M.).

Who has next:
The Aggies road stretch to open up the Lone Star Conference season continues next Saturday, Dec. 14, when they visit UT Permian Basin. They then are back in the Aggie Gym a week later to close out 2019 with games against Lubbock Christian, Dec. 19, and Angelo State, Dec. 21.

 

Kenton Means

Sports Information Director - Cameron University

2800 W. Gore Blvd., South Shepler 512

Lawton, OK 73505

Office – (580) 581-2303

Cell – (580) 583-2210

Fax – (580) 581-5537

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