UT Permian Basin vs West Texas A&M

For Immediate Release
January 3, 2018
Cameron University Athletics
Kenton Means – Sports Information Director
No. 8 UT Permian Basin (10-1, 3-0 LSC) | January 4, 2018 in Odessa, Texas at 7:30 p.m.Live Stats | Live Video
No. 11 West Texas A&M (12-1, 2-1 LSC) | January 6, 2018 in Canyon, Texas at 4 p.m.Live Stats | Live Video

Game Notes

Starting 5: 
1. JV Longs 16 points and six assists in the win over East Central was the fifth time this season that the junior has score 10 or more points and had five or more assists. 
2. Cameron’s 67-59 win over the Tigers snapped their first four game losing streak since the 2014-15 season.
3. Both UT Permian Basin and West Texas A&M are ranked in the top-15 and have a combined two loses between the two.
4. No. 8 UTPB has four players scoring over 10 points per game, led by reigning Lone Star Conference Player of the Year Daeshon Francis, who averages 20.6 points per outing.
5. The No. 11 Buffs boast one of the top offenses in Division II with an LSC best 91.6 points per game and a 16.5 scoring margin; they are led by David Chavlovich’s league leading 21.9 points per game. 

About the Aggies: 
Aggie fans got a welcome sight in CU’s last contest as they returned from a four game road stretch and ended a four game losing streak with a win over in-state rival East Central. The outing against ECU was the first time CU shot over 40 percent from the field since Dec. 2. They are now 5-8 overall this season and are 1-3 in Lone Star Conference play as they took down Tarleton State during their first conference home stand, but fell to Texas A&M-Commerce and then Texas A&M-Kingsville and Angelo State on the road.

Cameron is sitting at an average of 72.3 points per game while giving up just 1 more point to their opponents (73.3 per game). They are shooting 43.4 percent from the field, 35.9 percent from the perimeter, and 70.4 percent from the free throw line. The Black and Gold pride themselves on taking care of the ball and making smart decisions, which is why they turn the ball over just 11.6 times per game while averaging 12.4 assists, which makes their 1.07 assist/turnover ratio third best in the LSC. 

Most of CU’s success comes with the success of their top guards: Long, Tyus Momoh, and Tyler Williams. Long is tied with Momoh for a team leading 9.8 points per game, while ranking fourth in the conference with 4.3 assists per game. Williams is tied for the team lead in rebounding with Nicholas as they both are averaging 5.1 boards per game; Williams also averages 8.8 points per contest. 

Scouting the Falcons: 
The Falcons are the reigning Lone Star Conference Champions and are playing like they could repeat this year as they are scoring almost 91 points per contest, while losing just one time in their first 11 contests, an 87-80 defeat to Dallas Baptist. They enter the contest with CU on the heels of a 20 point win over Jarvis Christian. Amari Bryant led UTPB with 22 points while shooting 6-8 from three in the win. LSC Preseason Player of the Year, Daeshon Francis had 13 points while Josh Morris had a 13 point, 10 rebound double-double. 

Francis leads the team and is second in the league with 20.6 points per game, while James McPherson is fifth in the conference with 17.6 points per outing. Sammy Allen continues to be one of the best rebounding guards in DII as the 6’2″ senior is averaging a double-double with 10.6 points and 11.7 rebounds. Morris is also scoring in double-figures with 12.7 points per game, while shooting a league best 74.7 percent from the field. 

The series vs. UTPB:
– CU leads the series 3-1.
– The Aggies won both meetings against the eventual LSC Champion Falcons last season.
– Last Meeting: February 11, 2017 in Odessa, Texas (90-87 CU win)

Scouting the Buffs: 
West Texas A&M is currently on a four game win streak with their one and only loss of the season came in the form of a 106-100 defeat to UTPB. They have scored 100 or more points four times this season and have hit the 90 point mark eight times. In their last game, WT took down Northern New Mexico 106-75 for their 27th straight home victory. The LSC’s leading scorer, David Chavolich, scored 27 points in the win, while Jordan Evans chipped in 17 points and Ryan Quaid had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. 

Chavlovich is averaging almost 22 points per game while dishing out a league best 5.1 assists per game. Evans averaged 17.8 points an outing while knocking down a LSC leading 4.2 three point shots per game. Quaid averages a double-double with 15.4 points and 10.8 rebounds per contest and freshman Gaige Prim averages 10.4 points in 19.3 minutes a game. 

The series vs. WT:
– WT leads the all-time series 33-15.
– CU has won just five out of the 25 meetings in Canyon, with their last win there coming in 2015. 
– Last Meeting: February 9, 2017 in Canyon, Texas. (87-82 WT win)

Looking back:
The Aggies snapped a four game losing streak with a 67-59 win over East Central Oklahoma. JV Long led CU with 16 points while Jalen Nicholas had a 14 point, 11 rebound double-double. CU shot just 41.7 percent from the field and 17.6 percent from the perimeter, but limited  the Tigers to shooting just 35.7 percent from the field. ECU also shot just 43.5 percent from the charity stripe, while CU forced 18 Tiger turnovers.

Looking ahead:
Cameron returns home for their next three contests as they host Eastern New Mexico and Western New Mexico on Jan. 11 and 13 respectively. They then welcome their Red River Rival, Midwestern State, to the Aggie Gym on Jan. 16.

Kenton Means
Sports Information Director
2800 W. Gore Blvd.
Lawton, OK 73505
580-581-2303 (Office)
580-583-2210 (Cell)
580-581-5537 (Fax)

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