IN THE RANKINGS:
St. Edward’s remained at No. 3 in this week’s NABC DII Men’s Coaches’ Poll released Tuesday. The Hilltoppers won their only game last week as they defeated Lubbock Christian 77-71 at home last Thursday. SEU hosts St. Mary’s on Wednesday night and Texas A&M International on Saturday afternoon. The Hilltoppers are 18-1 overall on the season and 7-0 in the Heartland Conference.
West Texas A&M moved up four spots to No. 11 this week after winning their only game last week. The Buffs won 74-69 last Tuesday on the road over Lone Star Conference rival Eastern New Mexico. The Buffs hit the road this week for two games at MSU Texas on Thursday and at Cameron on Saturday. WT is 19-3 overall on the season and 8-1 in the LSC.
Texas A&M-Commerce fell out of the top 25 this week following an overtime loss at home last week. The Lions were upset by Western New Mexico 74-73 in overtime last Thursday. The Lions rebounded with an 85-78 win over UT Permian Basin on Saturday afternoon. TAMUC has two tough road games this week as they play Texas A&M-Kingsville on Thursday and Angelo State on Saturday. The Lions are 15-4 overall on the season and 7-2 in the LSC.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Tate Turner, Rogers State, Guard, Sr., Independence, Kan.
Rogers State senior Tate Turner had a career week for the Hillcats, leading Rogers State to victories over St. Mary's and Texas A&M International. Turner had a career high 23 points at St. Mary’s on 6-of-15 shooting from the floor and 1-of-2 from beyond the arc. Against Texas A&M International, Turner scored 19 points on 4-of-6 shooting. Turner shot 20-of-24 from the free throw line during the week and added four rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals. The Independence, Kan. native is averaging 13.1 points per game this season which ranks 11th in the conference. This is Turner’s first player of the week award.
Lone Star Conference:
Ryan Quaid, West Texas A&M University, SR, Accounting, Guard, Fort Collins, Colo., Fossil Ridge HS
Quaid had a career night as #15 West Texas A&M held on to beat Eastern New Mexico, 74-69, on Tuesday night in Portales, N.M. The senior scored 18 of his career-high 30 points in the first half going 12-of-22 from the floor, 2-of-5 from three-point range and 4-of-6 from the free throw line while pulling down six rebounds. He also moved into fourth on the all-time scoring list on layup in the second half passing Reggie Ramey. For the season, the Fort Collins, Colo. native is averaging 15.7 points per game while shooting 52.7 percent from the floor and 71.6 percent from the charity stripe.
Darius Mickens, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, FR, Kinesiology, Guard, Willis, Texas, Willis HS
Mickens helped lead an outstanding defensive effort for a Javelina team that scooped up two more victories to stretch their win streak to six. The Willis native grabbed four steals, blocked a shot and put up 14 points on Thursday night as the Hogs dropped MSU Texas, 65-53. Mickens totaled 11 points two days later to go with three more steals and another rejection as TAMUK controlled Cameron, 70-44. Mickens and his teammates limited the Aggies to a shooting percentage of 25.9, the lowest mark for a Javelina opponent in nearly four years. The freshman is also on a run of seven straight games scoring in double figures.
AROUND THE CONFERENCE:
Angelo State – Lost vs Cameron 68-62; Won vs MSU Texas 72-67
Dallas Baptist – Won vs Oklahoma Christian 100-87; Lost at Newman 77-72
Lubbock Christian – Lost at St. Edward’s 77-71; Lost at Oklahoma Christian 72-57
Midwestern State – Lost at Texas A&M-Kingsville 65-53; Lost at Angelo State 72-67
St. Edward’s – Won vs Lubbock Christian 77-71
St. Mary’s – Lost vs Rogers State 78-74; Won vs Arkansas-Fort Smith 76-73
Tarleton State – Won vs UT Permian Basin 79-75; Won vs Western New Mexico 69-59
Texas A&M-Commerce – Lost vs Western New Mexico 74-73 OT; Won vs UT Permian Basin 85-78
Texas A&M International – Lost vs Arkansas-Fort Smith 83-57; Lost vs Rogers State 88-80
Texas A&M-Kingsville – Won vs MSU Texas 65-53; Won vs Cameron 70-44
UT Permian Basin – Lost at Tarleton State 79-75; Lost at Texas A&M-Commerce 85-78
West Texas A&M – Won at Eastern New Mexico 74-69
GAMES TO WATCH:
Dallas Baptist at Texas A&M International Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Newman at Lubbock Christian Thursday at 8 p.m.
Tarleton State at Angelo State Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Texas A&M-Commerce at Angelo State Saturday at 4 p.m.
Tarleton State at Texas A&M-Kingsville Saturday at 4 p.m.
TEAM TO WATCH:
McMurry is currently on a four-game winning streak following their huge 75-70 win at crosstown rival Hardin-Simmons last Saturday. The War Hawks jumped out to a 19-point halftime lead and held on as the Cowboys made a furious rally in an intense environment. There were six technical fouls combined in a game that had a boisterous 1,256 fans in attendance. McMurry is 8-12 overall on the season and 5-6 in the American Southwest Conference and enter the second half of conference play only three games out of first place.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
American Southwest Conference:
EAST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Kae’ron Baker, So., G, Louisiana College
Louisiana College sophomore guard Kae’ron Baker (Navasota, Texas) led the Wildcats to a pair of conference wins, averaging 17.5 points, 5.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game while shooting 12-of 21 (57.1 percent) from the field and 7-of-11 (63.6 percent) from beyond the arc. He was a key part of LC setting a new team record for field goal percentage (70.5) in a 112-72 victory over Belhaven with 14 points and five assists. Baker made clutch shots late in a 77-73 home win against UT Dallas, en route to 21 points to go with six assists, and tying the Wildcats with the Wildcats for first place in the ASC East Division.
CO-WEST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Spencer Bone, Fr., F, Concordia Texas
Concordia Texas freshman forward Spencer Bone (Cibolo, Texas) shot over 60 percent (17-of-28) from three-point range in the Tornados’ two road wins. In a 112-109 win at Sul Ross State, Bone knocked down seven three-pointers on his way to a team-high 26 points, helping CTX rally from a 14-point second half deficit. On Saturday, he hit 10 three-points, scoring a season-high 36 points in the Tornados’ 87-79 win at Howard Payne. For the week, Bone averaged 31.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.
CO-WEST DIVISION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Mike Williams Jr., Jr., F, McMurry
McMurry junior forward Mike Williams Jr. (Houston, Texas) tied his season high with 23 points in the War Hawks 75-71 win at Hardin-Simmons. He was 10-for-14 from the field, including the go-ahead dunk with less than a minute left in the game. Williams also recorded 11 rebounds, three steals and two blocks in the victory.
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference:
MATTHEW RINDAHL OF SCHREINER UNIVERSITY, a sophomore forward from Kyle, Texas, has been named the SCAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for games played from Monday, January 21 through Sunday, January 27.
Rindahl averaged a double-double in a pair of contests last week with 19.5 points and 10.5 rebounds. The sophomore connected on 56.7 percent of his shots from the field (17-for-30) and contributed two blocks, one assist and one steal per game on the week. Rindahl’s best performance came in an overtime win at Austin College where he registered his second double-double of the year with 24 points and 17 rebounds. He also hit 64.7 percent of his shots from the floor, connecting on 11-of-17 attempts. The 17 rebounds marks the highest single game total to date in the SCAC.
AROUND THE CONFERENCE:
Austin College – Won vs Centenary 76-68; Lost vs Schreiner 76-74 OT
Concordia Texas – Won at Sul Ross State 112-109; Won at Howard Payne 87-79
Dallas – Won vs Colorado College 70-49; Lost vs JWU (Denver) 78-68
East Texas Baptist – Won at UT Tyler 88-78; Lost at Ozarks 95-83
Hardin-Simmons – Lost vs McMurry 75-70
Howard Payne – Lost vs Mary Hardin-Baylor 106-67; Lost vs Concordia Texas 87-79
LeTourneau – Lost at Ozarks 81-75; Won at UT Tyler 82-68
Mary Hardin-Baylor – Won at Howard Payne 106-67; Lost at Sul Ross State 91-89
McMurry – Won at Hardin-Simmons 75-70
Schreiner – Won at Austin College 76-74 OT; Lost at Centenary 66-55
Southwestern (Tex.) – Won vs Trinity 78-69
Sul Ross State – Lost vs Concordia Texas 112-109; Won vs Mary Hardin-Baylor 91-89
Texas Lutheran – Won vs Trinity 65-59
Trinity (Tex.) – Lost at Southwestern 78-69; Lost at Texas Lutheran 65-59
UT Dallas – Won at Belhaven 72-71; Lost at Louisiana College 77-73
UT Tyler – Won at Ozarks 87-78; Lost vs East Texas Baptist 88-78; Lost vs LeTourneau 82-68
GAMES TO WATCH:
Concordia Texas at Hardin-Simmons Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Centenary (La.) at Schreiner Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Ozarks at LeTourneau Saturday at 3 p.m.
Howard Payne at Sul Ross State Saturday at 4 p.m.
Southwestern at JWU (Denver) Saturday at 7 p.m.