Second half scoring flurry lifts A&M-C men to 97-80 win over Cameron
By Texas A&M University-Commerce
Jan 5, 2019
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Lawton, Okla. The Texas A&M University-Commerce men's basketball team defeated Cameron 97-80 on Saturday afternoon. The Lions held a one-point lead at the half but went off in the second half to get the win.
The win brings the Lions to 12-2 on the season and 4-0 in the Lone Star Conference. It is also the seventh win in a row for the Lions. Cameron falls to 4-10 and 0-4 in conference play.
The Lions return to action on Thursday with a home game against Tarleton State. The game will begin at 6 p.m. at the Field House.

- Six Lions finished in double figures as the Lions had a balanced attack. All nine Lions who played scored in the game.

- Srdan Budimir (Karadjordjevo, Serbia) co-led the team with 15 points, including a perfect 4-of-4 from behind the arc.

- Tyree Robinson (Fall River, Mass.) also scored 15 points, making all six of his shots. He now has a shooting percentage of 74.5 percent for the season.

- Reggie Reid (Harlem, Ga.) and Willie Rooks (Houston North Forest) each had 14 points.

- Trey Conrod (Kilgore) had 13 points while Deonta Terrell (Chicago, Ill.) had 12 points.

- After shooting 41 percent in the first half, the Lions shot 66 percent in the second half.

- The Lions got to the free throw line 34 times, converting 26 times.

- On halftime adjustments: "It's two games in a row where the ball didn't move great offensively early, but we still finished up with six guys scoring in double figures. Everyone made contributions. We try to talk to all of these guys about being ready for your opportunity. It can be tough and Vernon Lowndes had his best game of the year, and he was really big there in the second half when we made our run."

- On the surge in the second half: "We had a heck of a performance in the second half, shooting over 65 percent and finishing with six guys in double figures. We were not doing well on the glass in the first half and really picked that up in the second half. Anytime you can come into a really tough place to play and win, we'll take it."
- On defensive effort leading to another win: "When we got the lead, they [Cameron] started putting their heads down and just hoping for a foul. When we didn't foul, we were able to get stops and make them miss. Holding them to 37 percent in the second half we always talk about our field goal percentage defense we want to be under 40, and if we do that, we feel like we have a chance to win every game."
The teams matched each other shot for shot early in the game, with the score tied at seven after three minutes of play. The Aggies then made consecutive baskets to take a four-point lead. The Lions battled back and with a three from Terrell, they took their first lead of the game at 18-17 with 11 minutes left.
The lead would change hands several more times in the half. After trailing by five, the Lions battled back again. Reid converted a three-point play as the team regained the lead. The Lions and the Aggies played hot-potato with the lead as it changed hands several times down the stretch, with neither team able to pull away. The Lions pushed their lead to four with three minutes to go but went into halftime with a 41-40 lead.
Reid led the Lions with eight points in the half, including all four of his free throws. Terrell had seven and Robinson and Budimir each had six. Rooks had five points and led the defense with four steals. CU shot 45 percent from the field while the Lions shot 41 percent. The Lions got to the foul line 18 times in the half as both teams got into foul trouble early.
The lead changed hands four more times early in the second half before a bucket by Conrod put the Lions up for good. The Lions started a run starting at the 16-minute mark, pushing their lead to 17 points with 10 minutes to play. Terrell converted a three-point play and had a monster slam dunk and Robinson converted an alley-oop dunk.
The Aggies cut into the Lion lead, bringing it down to 13 before the Lions again pulled ahead. The Lions converted free throws down the stretch and Budimir hit two extra threes near the end of the game to put the game well out of reach. The Lions ran out the clock with the 17-point victory.