Rams Basketball kicks off the 2021 season by sweeping Oklahoma Christian

Seniors Paul Williams and Sam Moore lead the offensive charge against the Eagles as the Rams improve to 3-3 on the season

By Chad Miller Jr.
On January 5, 2021

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ASU guards Jordan Caldwell and Sam Baker hope to continue thier hot streak moving foward into the 2021 season

ASU’s Men’s Basketball on Jan 3 and 4 hosted two games against the Oklahoma Christian Eagles on Sunday and Monday. Upperclassmen on the team would lead the Rams to sweep the Eagles with scores of 80-66 on Sunday and 92-72 on Monday. 

OCU would come out of the gates hot on Sunday, as they would get up to a 30-19 lead with six minutes to go in the opening half. The Rams would find an offensive spark, as senior Lavaris Duncan scored two shots in a row before junior Devaughn Thomas would convert an and-one to cut the Eagles lead down to 37-32 before halftime. Thomas would end the game with 15 points and seven rebounds. Seniors Paul Williams and Sam Moore would ignite the Rams second half comeback. Williams would score all 20 of his points in the second half, shooting 5 of 10 from the field and 4 of 8 from behind the arc while dishing five assists and nabbing three steals. Moore scored 15 while grabbing seven boards to lead ASU to victory.

In game two of the doubleheader, the Rams would keep their foot on the offensive gas pedal and score a season-high in  points. Moore would lead the team on offense, scoring 19 points, grabbing five boards and added five assists while grabbing three steals. Williams scored 13 and had four assists. Junior Salisu Yahaya scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds.

ASU was scheduled to play Western New Mexico on Jan 6 and 7, but now have been postponed to a later date. The next action for the Rams will instead be on Thursday, Jan 14 as they welcome the Lubbock Christian Chaparrals to the Jonell Center/Stephens Arena.

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