Friday, March 15, 2013

Late Friday night: two game reports

Tonight, the WAC tournament opened with New Mexico State and Texas State facing off. The Aggies won both meetings earlier this season with Bandja Sy leading the way each time.

At halftime, it was Coach Marvin Menzies' crew with a 41-32 lead. The southern Aggies then burst out ahead 51-35 but the Bobcats closed to five with seven minutes remaining. However, that was it as New Mexico State won 74-65.

Oh yes: Sy went for seven points (four shots) plus nine rebounds -- so much for that angle and Daniel Mullings added six points, again on just four attempts.

It was Sim Bhullar leading a true team effort with 14 points, 10 boards and a trio of blocked shots while Renaldo Dixon totaled 13 points, K.C. Ross-Miller 12 (plus five assists versus a single TO) and Remi Barry 11 points. NMSU shot 49% for the game but misfired on 15 free throws at 22-37.

Texas State shot just 36% as a team with Joel Wright's 17 points (6-14 shooting) and 11 rebounds pacing the Bobcats. Backcourter Deonte Jones connected on 4-6 from three-point range to finish with 16 points. Matt Staff contributed 13 points.

Jason Groves and Tyler Mayforth live-tweeted the matchup. Mayforth also blogged his take after 20 minutes were in the proverbial books.

Check out JasonG's keys and prediction.

Aggie athletics and Bobcat athletics game report as do JasonG and TylerM. Bleed Crimson offers post-game video.


The later-in-the-evening pairing involved Texas San Antonio matching up with Texas Arlington. 280 or so miles separates the two cities and 16 points differentiated the winning Mavericks from the losing Roadrunners at game's end, 69-53.

It was 6-foot-5 forward Karol Gruszecki going 5-10 from long distance to lead Coach Scott Cross' guys to the victory with 19 points. 6-foot-2 sophomore guard Jamel Outler added 13 (3-6 within three-point range) and senior mainstay Kevin Butler scored 10 points and topped TA with seven rebounds. The Mavericks shot 51% overall, 43% (9-21) on trey attempts and 6-9 from the free throw line.

For the Roadrunners, it was 35% overall shooting, 31% (9-29) from distance and 8-15 at the charity stripe. Forward Jeromie Hill was tops with 17 points with guard Jordan Sims posting 12 on his collection of four treys. Coach Brooks Thompson's mainstay backcourters Kannon Burrage finished with nine points on 3-12 shooting and Michael Hale III totaled six points due to 2-10 marksmanship.

The score was 33-20 in favor of TA at the half.

For the contest, Arlington totaled 34 points in the paint to 14 for San Antonio.

Mile High Mids live -tweeted the duet.

Maverick athletics and Roadrunner athletics game report as does Jerry Briggs.


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