For Immediate Release
January 27, 2018
Cameron University Athletics
Kenton Means – Sports Information Director
COMMERCE, Texas – JV Long scored a game-high 20 points as the Cameron men’s basketball team upset No. 18 Texas A&M-Commerce on Saturday, 84-62.
Long matched a season high with his 20 points as he shot 8-12 from the field while going 3-4 from the perimeter. In the last two games Long has made more three pointers, five, then he had had previously this season, three.
The Aggies got off to a fast start, leading 16-5 just seven minutes into the contest, however, the Lions responded right away with a 9-0 run to cut the lead to just two points. Each team traded buckets back and forth until Cameron went back up by 10 points at the three minute mark. They held that lead until TAMUC’s Willie Rooks hit a three pointer with 37 seconds left in the half to put the score at 41-34 at the half.
Long had 12 of his 20 points in the first half as he went 4-6 and hit all three of his three point shots in the first 20 minutes. Additionally, Jalen Nicholas had 11 points and Tyler Williams had 10 points while Rooks led Commerce with 10 points at the break as well.
Cameron maintained their lead throughout the first seven minutes of the second half and then extended it to 21 at the 10:19 mark thanks to an 11-0 run. They fought off any comeback attempts by shooting over 56 percent in the second frame to finish off the Lions 84-62.
While Long led the way in points for CU, Tyus Momoh, Williams and Nicholas all had standout performances as well. Momoh recorded his first career double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead CU; Long had a team high six assists and four steals. Nicholas had a career night with 17 points, going 6-9 from the field and a perfect 5-5 from the charity stripe, while Williams also had 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
The Aggies shot 52.5 percent from the field while hitting on nine of their 21 three point attempts. They held Texas A&M-Commerce to just 36 percent shooting from the field and 27 percent from the perimeter. Rooks was the only Lion in double-figures as he finished with 14.
With the win, Cameron improves to 8-12 overall and 4-7 in Lone Star Conference games. The ranked TAMUC Lions are now 16-4 and 8-3 in league play.
After being on the road for the past two contests, the Black and Gold will return to the Aggie Gym for their final four home contests of the season. The will start the home stand on Thursday, Feb. 1 when they host Angelo State.