Men’s basketball overcomes big first half deficit and explodes in second half to blow out Midwestern State 95-77 - LINK
WICHITA FALLS– The Texas A&M University-Commerce men's basketball team overcame a big first half deficit to knock off Midwestern State 95-77 on Saturday. The Lions trailed by 15 in the first half but went on to lead by as many as 21 in the second half.
The win brings the Lions to 7-0 on the season and 2-0 in the Lone Star Conference. It is the first time since the 2013-14 season that the Lions start their season 7-0. The Mustangs fall to 2-7 and 0-2 in conference play.
The Lions return home for their conference home opener on Thursday, hosting Eastern New Mexico at 1 p.m. as part of Education Day. The team will then host Western New Mexico on Saturday at 4 p.m. Both games will be played at the Field House.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- The Lions trailed by 15 points with 6:41 left in the first half. After that point the Lions outscored MSU by 33 points to get the blowout win, leading by as many as 21.
- The Lions had six players finish in double figures and had two players with double-doubles.
- Trey Conrod led the Lions with 23 points, shooting 10-of-12 from the field.
- Reggie Reid had 12 points and a career-high 14 assists. He played all 40 minutes in the game.
- Joseph Williams-Powell scored 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting. He also had a double-double with 14 rebounds in just 19 minutes of play.
- Srdan Budimir had 16 points in the game, shooting 4-of-6 from behind the arc.
- Dorian Armstrong had 11 points and nine rebounds. Willie Rooks added 10 points and three assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lions scored the first five points of the game as MSU was held scoreless for the first four minutes of the contest. MSU then answered back with a 7-0 run to take the lead. With the scored tied at nine with 13 minutes to play in the half, the Mustangs then went on a run. They scored nine unanswered points to build a big advantage. After the Lions broke the streak, the Mustangs continued to build their lead, pushing the lead to 15 points with 6:41 left in the half.
The Lion defense clamped down late in the first half, holding MSU without a field goal for the final 6:41 of the half. The Lions hit back-to-back threes to bring the lead back down to single digits. Budimir hit consecutive threes as the Lions rallied. Williams-Powell had three consecutive defensive rebounds as the Mustangs struggled from the field late, missing their final seven shots. Armstrong hit a three with 1:31 left in the half to cut the lead to just four points. Conrod then hit a layup with eight seconds to bring the lead to just two. MSU drew a foul with one second left in the half and hit two free throws to take a 41-37 lead into halftime.
The Lions ended the first half on an 18-7 run. Conrod had 10 points in the first half to lead A&M-Commerce. Williams-Powell had six points and seven rebounds. Budimir and Rooks also had six points each in the half.
The teams traded buckets early in the second half. Armstrong hit a three-pointer to bring the Lions within two points with 15 minutes left in the game. Rooks then hit back-to-back buckets as the Lions retook the lead for the first time since the opening minutes of the first half, a 49-47 advantage. MSU hit a cold spell, going scoreless for more than four minutes and missing nine shots in a row during the Lions' 14-0 run. Budimir hit consecutive threes in the rally as the Lions began to pull away.
After an MSU bucket stopped the scoreless streak, the Lions continued to pile on, bringing their lead to double digits midway through the second half. The Lions again went on a run, scoring eight in a row to push their lead even further, pushing the Lion run to 26-4 over the eight-minute span. A dunk from Aaron Horne brought the lead to 72-53 with six minutes left. The Lions went on a late run to build their lead to 21 points.
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