Cameron falls to No. 8 UT Permian Basin

For Immediate Release
January 4, 2018
Cameron University Athletics
Kenton Means – Sports Information Director
ODESSA, Texas – The Cameron men’s basketball team went cold in the second half against UT Permian Basin on Thursday night as they fell to the No. 8 ranked Falcons, 95-88.

The Falcons opened up the game on an 8-0 run, but the Aggies responded with their own eight point run later in the half to take a 24-19 lead. From there, the two teams battled back and forth before Cameron closed out the half with a JV Long jumper and a Tyus Momoh three point shot to lead 50-45 at the break.

Cameron shot over 56 percent from the field in the first half, as they were on fire from deep, hitting seven of their 11 three point attempts; CU also went 9-16 from the free throw line through the first 20 minutes of play. Tyler Williams led the Black and Gold with 14 points while shooting 4-4 from the field and 3-3 from the perimeter.

UT Permian Basin came out firing in the second half as they used a 10 point run to take back the lead and then extended it to five with a small 5-0 run that put them up 60-55 at the 14:15 mark; they then extend their lead to nine later in the half. The Black and Gold battled back to cut the lead down to just three points thanks to four Long free throws. UTPB answered with clutch free throw shooting down the stretch to secure their 95-88 victory.

Williams finished the night with 15 points as Johann Tate struck for 15 of his own, all in the second half. Delano Jones scored 13 points for the Ags, going 6-8 from the free throw line, while Long finished with 12 points.

After starting out strong, CU went cold in the second half, shooting just 29.4 percent from the field. They finished the night going 27-64, hitting 11-27 from the perimeter and 23-33 from the charity stripe.

Daeshon Francis lead a Falcons squad that saw three players hit the 20 point mark, as Francis scored 24 and James McPherson and Josh Morris each scored 20 points. Sammy Allen chipped in with a double-double with 15 points and 17 rebounds.

The Aggies are now 5-9 overall and 1-4 in Lone Star Conference contests, while the Falcons move to 11-1 overall and 4-0 in conference games.

Cameron’s road trip doesn’t get any easier for their next taste of action, as they face No. 11 West Texas A&M on Saturday at 4 p.m.

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