The Mountaineers drop the first game of the season at Dust Devils

LAREDO, Texas. Western Colorado almost leveled the game in the first half. However, Texas A&M International was strong in the second half and pulled away with a 74-60 lead.

JUST THE FACTS
end result: Texas A&M International def. Western Colorado 74-60.
Records: Western Colorado 0-1, Texas A&M International 3-0.
Location: TAMIU Kinesiology and Assembly Building; Laredo, Texas

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Dust Devils got off to a hot start and took a 14-4 lead five minutes into the game. That lead didn’t last long as Jonathan McCloud knocked down back-to-back threes – sparking a 12-2 run that resulted in the game ending in a 16-point draw apiece. After a brief exchange of points, Texas A&M Int’l’s offensive got going again.
  • 25-18 with 5:41 before halftime, Kevin Jimenez sunk two free throws and McCloud, Jon., knocked down a three-pointer and cut the lead to three points. Minutes later, the Dust Devils extended their lead to seven points. But again, two free throws from Avery Rembao and a McCloud, Jon., jumper brought the lead back to three points. Before halftime was over, Texas A&M Int’l floored three free throws to maintain a six-point lead at halftime.
  • Early in the second half, the Mountaineers scored on their first two possessions – Dust’s Devils scoring on their first possession – after a layup by Rembao and a jumper by Robel Desta. But that was the closest thing – within four points – that Western could level the game.
  • The Mountaineers kept fighting and managed to take the lead at the 13:23 mark of the game after buckets from Grant Wilkinson (layup) and McCloud, Jon. (Three pointer) to reduce to five points.
  • From there, Texas A&M Int’l managed to keep Western within eight points to level the game for the rest of the game. Though things didn’t go the way the Mountaineers would have liked in the second half, they shot 50 percent from the field and put down 7 of 9 free throws.

COURT NOTICES

  • McCloud, Jon., came off the bench and did his thing, finishing the game with 19 points. He was 6-of-11 off the field and knocked down 5-of-8 from beyond the arc. Gino Corridori was the Mountaineers’ second-highest scorer with 13 points (6 out of 9).
  • At defence, Jaelan McCloud and Syris Williams each stole the ball twice over the course of the game.
  • Overall, Western shot 42.6 percent (20 of 47) from the field, 33.3 percent (6 of 18) from three, and 77.8 percent (14 of 18) from the free throw line.
  • For the Dust Devils, they had four players finish in double figures and stole the ball 14 times as a team. Overall, they shot 46.6 percent (27 of 48) from the field, 30 percent (3 of 10) from three, and 73.9 percent (17 of 23) from the free throw line.

NEXT

The Mountaineers will remain in Texas for their next game tomorrow (Nov. 19) against Texas A&M University-Kingsville at 5:00 p.m. MT.

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