IN THE RANKINGS:
West Texas A&M stayed steady at No. 8 in this week’s NABC men’s top 25 poll released Tuesday. The Buffs won both of their games last week in the PAK-A-SAK Thanksgiving Classic. WT defeated Colorado State-Pueblo, 105-71, last Friday and won a close 66-62 decision against Central Oklahoma to close the classic on Saturday.
St. Edward’s fell out of the poll after suffering its first loss of the season last week. The Hilltoppers beat Dallas Christian, 125-66, last Tuesday before falling 69-58 at home to Texas A&M-Kingsville last Saturday. The Hilltoppers are now 6-1 on the season.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Brennen Fowler, Lubbock Christian
Forward, Sr., Smyer, Texas
Lubbock Christian senior Brennen Fowler claimed All-Tournament Team honors at the 2018 Pak-A-Sak Thanksgiving Classic in Canyon, Texas after leading LCU to a 2-1 week. Fowler averaged 20.7 points and 9.0 rebounds on the week, missing a double-double by one rebound in all three games. He shot 56.8 percent, 25-of-44, from the field and connected on four 3-pointers in the three games. He opened with 19 points and nine rebounds against Dallas Christian and averaged 21.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in a pair of games in Canyon. His 27 points against CSU-Pueblo was a season high. This is Fowler’s second weekly award this season.
Lone Star Conference:
Zach Dumas, Cameron University, SR, Sports and Exercise Science, Guard, Huffman, Texas, Hargrave HS
Dumas led the Aggies with 24 points per game in their split of their Thanksgiving Break contests. The senior had a career-high 28 points, while going 13-14 from the free throw line, in a 79-78 win over Dallas Baptist with 26 of his 28 points during a second-half comeback. He followed that up with 20 points in a loss to Southwestern Oklahoma State.
Trey Conrod, Texas A&M University-Commerce, SR, General Studies, Forward, Kilgore, Texas, Kilgore HS
Conrod was the Lions top rebounder and had solid defense on both the perimeter and interior in a 1-1 week. He had seven rebounds in each game against No. 25 Regis and MSU Denver and recorded a block and three steals. He averaged 11.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists as well.
AROUND THE STATE:
Angelo State – Won vs Paul Quinn 99-72; Won vs Adams State 92-83
Dallas Baptist – Lost at Cameron 79-78; Won at Northeastern State 72-66
Lubbock Christian – Won vs Dallas Christian 89-53; Lost vs Central Oklahoma 68-63; Won vs Colorado State-Pueblo 89-79
Midwestern State – Lost at UAFS 77-66; Lost vs No. 5 Southern Nazarene 77-72; Lost vs Ouachita Baptist 82-73
St. Edward’s – Won vs Dallas Christian 125-66; Lost vs Texas A&M-Kingsville 69-58; Lost exhibition 73-60 at SFA
St. Mary’s – Lost exhibition at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 61-58; Won vs Talladega 77-60; Lost vs Southeastern Oklahoma State 89-80
Tarleton State – Won vs Oklahoma Panhandle State 94-70
Texas A&M-Commerce – Won vs No. 25 Regis (Colo.) 83-69; Lost vs Metro State 76-69
Texas A&M International – Lost 57-42 at Texas A&M-Kingsville; Lost 68-61 vs Southeastern Oklahoma State; Won 72-64 vs Talladega
Texas A&M-Kingsville – Won vs Texas A&M International 57-42; Won at No. 21 St. Edward’s 69-58
UT Permian Basin – Won vs Sul Ross State 103-69
West Texas A&M – Won vs Colorado State-Pueblo 105-71; Won vs Central Oklahoma 66-62
GAMES TO WATCH:
Dallas Baptist at Lubbock Christian Thursday at 7 p.m. in Lubbock, Texas
Angelo State at Texas A&M-Commerce Thursday at 11 a.m. in Commerce, Texas
St. Edward’s at St. Mary’s Saturday at 3 p.m. in San Antonio
Angelo State at Tarleton State Saturday at 4 p.m. in Stephenville, Texas
Midwestern State at No. 8 West Texas A&M Saturday at 4 p.m. in Canyon, Texas
IN THE RANKINGS:
There are no teams currently ranked in the D3hoops.com coaches’ Top 25. However, one Texas team was the reason for movement in this week’s poll. No. 6 Whitworth arrived at the Trinity (Tex.) Tournament looking to add to two more to its win total. Whitworth was able to defeat the host Trinity (Tex.) 76-65 last Friday but suffered its first loss of the season 88-79 on Saturday to UT Dallas. With the Comets win, Whitworth fell eight spots in this week’s poll to No. 14. LeTourneau lost to then unranked Wheaton (Ill.) 89-87 last week. Wheaton entered the top 25 this week at No. 18.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
American Southwest Conference:
CO-EAST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Robby Dooley, Jr., G, East Texas Baptist:
East Texas Baptist junior guard Robby Dooley (Bossier City, La.) earned his second career Player of the Week award after leading the Tigers to an 86-75 regional win at Hendrix. He scored 23 points with six rebounds, a pair of assists, two steals and blocked shot and helped quell the Warriors rally on multiple occasions.
CO-EAST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Dimitrius Underwood, Jr., G, UT Dallas:
UT Dallas junior guard Dimitrius Underwood (Mesquite, Texas) averaged 21.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game as he helped the Comets to a 4-0 week. He scored 29 points with 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals in an 88-79 upset over No. 6 Whitworth in San Antonio Saturday. Underwood recorded three double-doubles on the week, hitting a game-winning layup as part of a 22-point, 10-board performance in Wednesday’s 72-71 road conference win at Hardin-Simmons. He closed the week with 20 points and 10 rebounds in a 78-64 victory at Trinity. For the week, she shot 56.1 percent (32-of-57) and was 20-of-25 from the line. This is Underwood’s second Player of the Week of the season and sixth of his career.
WEST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Sam Moore, So., G, Mary Hardin-Baylor:
Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore guard Sam Moore (Gonzales, Texas) led the Cru with 22 points in a 107-80 victory over Southwestern. He shot 73 percent (8-of-11) from the field and was 4-for-6 from 3-point range. Moore also grabbed seven rebound and grabbed two assists.
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference:
ANDREW ROMERO III OF JOHNSON & WALES (DENVER), a senior guard from Northglenn, Colo., has been named the SCAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for games played from Monday, November 19 through Sunday, November 25.
Romero III averaged 29.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.5 steals per game in wins over George Fox and UT Tyler to help lead the Wildcats to their first 4-0 start in program history. Romero went off for 40 points in JWU’s 94-87 comeback win over Texas-Tyler, his second-career game with at least 40 points. Romero was clutch at the free throw line, going 14-of-16 as the Wildcats erased a 10-point second-half deficit. Romero has now scored in double figures in 37 consecutive games going back to his sophomore season.
AROUND THE STATE:
Austin College – Lost at LeTourneau 108-69
Concordia Texas – Lost at Southwestern (Tex.) 102-90; Lost at St. Thomas (Tex.) 92-73
Dallas – Lost at Ozarks 91-76; Won vs Mississippi University for Women 86-83; Lost at Millsaps 91-63
Hardin-Simmons – Lost vs UT Dallas 72-71; Won vs Texas Lutheran 87-63; Won vs Schreiner 97-84
Howard Payne – Lost at Millsaps 70-49; Lost vs Mississippi University for Women 66-64 (OT)
LeTourneau – Won vs Austin College 108-69; Lost vs Wheaton 89-87
Mary Hardin-Baylor – Won vs Southwestern (Tex.) 107-80; Won vs Schreiner 103-80
McMurry – Lost vs Schreiner 92-80; Lost vs Texas Lutheran 79-56
Schreiner – Lost at UT Dallas 93-56; Won 92-80 at McMurry; Lost 97-84 at Hardin-Simmons
Southwestern (Tex.) – Won vs Concordia Texas 102-90; Lost at Mary Hardin-Baylor 107-80
Sul Ross State – Lost 103-69 at UT Permian Basin
Texas Lutheran – Lost at Hardin-Simmons 87-63; Won at McMurry 79-56
Trinity (Tex.) - Lost vs No. 6 Whitworth 76-65; Lost vs UT Dallas 78-64
UT Dallas – Won vs Schreiner 93-56; Won at Hardin-Simmons 72-71; Won vs No. 6 Whitworth 88-79; Won at Trinity (Tex.) 78-64
UT Tyler – Lost at Colorado College 77-70; Lost vs JWU (Denver) 94-87
GAMES TO WATCH:
East Texas Baptist at Mary Hardin-Baylor Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Belton, Texas
Millsaps at Austin College Friday at 8 p.m. in Sherman, Texas
LeTourneau at Mary Hardin-Baylor Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Belton, Texas
Trinity (Tex.) at Emory Saturday at 3 p.m. in Atlanta, Ga.
Louisiana College at McMurry Saturday at 3 p.m. in Abilene, Texas
Cory Hogue is Dave Campbell's Texas Basketball small college correspondent follow him on Twitter at @HoagieSports and be sure to visit his website (linked below) for more coverage of Division II and Division III collegiate athletics.