Rams muzzle Greyhounds on their home court

Team rebounds from earlier conference losses

By Alana Edgin
On January 21, 2016

Courtesy of communication & marketing, Danny Meyer
Senior Tre Bennet brings drives the ball up to the basket to further the Rams’ lead against northern New Mexico.

Ram basketball started off strong, beating team after team, and never scoring less than 70 points a game but that perfect record didn’t carry on into conference.

At home on Jan. 6 at home, the Rams faced Tarleton and lost their first game in the conference opener with a score of 85-67. Next to take advantage of the Rams were the Texas A&M Commerce Lions but the men fought hard, only losing by five with a score of 93-88.

Despite the two losses, the Rams charged into their next opponent. West Texas A&M Buffs were ill-prepared for the Rams, who were starving for a win for their home crowd. The men had a slow start, but rallied together in the second half.

Omari Gudul, returning senior forward, gathered the first points of the game less than a minute in. The Buffs gathered a lead, then the Rams caught up. A score of 50-40 ended the half with a Buff lead.

“We’ve had a slow start in the first half of the last few games, then you look at our second halves and they’re a lot better,” Head Coach Cinco Boone said.

Rams shoved their way through the Buffs with nine minutes left in the game to begin a lead they would refuse to let go of. The Rams won their first conference game on Jan. 13 with a final score of 85-75.

“I thought we did a better job playing defense in the second half against West Texas A&M and we are happy with that performance,” Boone said. “Hopefully we can keep putting stretches of defense like that together and it will become contagious.”

Boone and the Rams hit the road to play the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds on Jan. 16. Feeling good from the previous win, the Rams were ready to play.

The first half began and both teams would trade the lead until it ended with a Greyhound three point shot that sealed the lead. Rams were behind by one with a score of 28-27. Greyhounds would take the second half by storm until the last minute of the game.

Ram offense slowly whittled down the Greyhound lead until 39 seconds were left on the clock. Shelton Boykin, junior guard, stood at the charity stripe. His shot stayed true and the Rams scrambled to maintain the lead.

One second left, and junior guard Shaquan Rhoades repeats Boykin by sending off another free throw. This sealed a two point win over the Greyhounds with a score of 70-68.

After this game, Tre Bennett, senior guard, also landed a spot on the Small College Basketball Bevo Francis Top 100 watch list.

On Wednesday night the Rams fought hard on the road but fell short in a close loss to Cameron University with a score of 80-79.

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