Lewis and Schreiner hit clutch shots in CU win
For Immediate Release
December 7, 2019
Cameron University Athletics
Kenton Means - Sports Information Director
SILVER CITY, N.M. – With the help of clutch shots from Jordan Lewis and Brock Schreiner late in the second half against Western New Mexico on Saturday night, the Cameron men earned their second win of the season in their Lone Star Conference opener.
The senior Lewis hit big shots all game, with the Houston, Texas native scoring a game, season, and career-high 22 points on 8-11 shooting from the floor while going 5-8 from three-point range. Schreiner was held to just three points in the first half, but the sophomore had nine points in the final four minutes of action, including two big three pointers and an and-one play.
Cameron got off to a slow start in the opening half. After scoring the first points of the game on a Tyler Williams jumper, they soon found themselves down 18-8 with just under 10 to play in the frame. In the next five minutes, CU surged back and used a 16-5 run to take a 24-23 lead. During the stretch, CU was 4-7 from the field and 6-10 from the foul line.
From there, the two defenses locked in and both teams were held to just four points in the final four minutes of the half. Both teams limited the other to just two attempts during that span and the Black and Gold held a one-point advantage, 28-27, heading into the break.
In the first 20 minutes of action, CU shot just 33.3 percent from the field and turned the ball over 11 times; three of their eight field goal makes were from three-point range. They left 10 points on the foul line, as the Black and Gold was just 9-19 from the stripe in the first half.
Joseph Clark had seven points, four of which came from the foul line, to lead Cameron at the break, while Williams and Lewis each added six points during the first 20 minutes of play. Additionally, Kendall Scott, who leads CU in rebounding with 8.2 boards per game on the year, had eight rebounds in the first half alone.
Cameron and Western New Mexico were like a pair of heavyweight fighters traded blows throughout the second half. There were 12 lead changes and seven tie scores in the second 20 minutes of action alone. In the final five minutes, Western's Malik Sanders hit a layup to tie the game at 50 at the 4:45 mark. Andrew Leonard then hit a three to give the home team the advantage, but Lewis answered with a three of his own to knot the game back up at 53-all. Leonard then hit another three while getting fouled to give him a rare four-point play attempt, which he converted to give his team a 57-53 lead.
Schreiner answered with his first three-point make at the 3:35 mark to cut the deficit to one and then gave CU the lead with his second triple at the with two minutes left in the game. A minute later, Schreiner drove through the lane and hit a tough layup while drawing a foul; the ensuing free throw increased Cameron's lead to five with 53 ticks on the clock.
WNMU's Elijah Holifield hit a jumper to cut the lead back to three, but a Lewis lay-in on a nice feed by Williams and a Clark free throw gave the Aggies their final six-point advantage.
Lewis' 22 points led all scorers, while Schreiner and Clark were the other two Aggies in double-figures with 12 points each. Clark and Jalen Nicholas each had seven boards in the win, which was second to the sophomore Scott, who had a game-high 11 rebounds, his second double-digit board outing of the season.
The win is Cameron's second in a row, giving them a 2-5 overall record while moving to 1-0 in Lone Star Conference action. They will look to move to 2-0 next weekend, when they visit UT Permian Basin for their second straight league road trip.