WT Buffs pick up much needed win

The Buffaloes of West Texas A&M used a jumper in the paint as time expired by senior forward Mason White to top the Javelinas of Texas A&M-Kingsville, 57-56 in front of over 1,200 fans at the First United Bank Center in Lone Star Conference action in Canyon on Saturday night. The Buffs improve to 15-9 (7-9 LSC) while the Javelinas fall to 11-12 (7-9 LSC) on the season.

The win clinches a spot for the Buffs in the Lone Star Conference Championships on March 6-9 at the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas.

â??We desperately needed a win and we found a way to pull it offâ?? said WT head coach Rick Cooper â??We shot the ball extremely well from the free throw line which was a key to the game and Iâ??m proud of how our kids competed in the final minutes.â??

The opening half saw the Buffs and Javelinas trade blows throughout the game with the Buffs gaining as much as a five point lead as WT took a 28-23 lead into the locker room for the half.

The Buffs were led at the half by Darnell Jackson with eight point followed by Mason White with six and Donald Sims with five points to go along with eight rebounds. West Texas A&M went 11-of-22 from the floor including 2-of-4 from deep and 4-of-5 from the free throw line to shoot 50% in the half.

The Javelinas were led by Reid Wallace with a game leading 12 points followed by Jamahl Brown with five. Texas A&M-Kingsville went 8-of-24 from the floor including 4-of-10 from deep and 3-of-6 from the charity stripe to shoot 33.3% in the opening 20 minutes.

The Buffs and Javelinas continued to trade blows in the second half all the way to the buzzer as Kingsville hit a fast break layup with 17 seconds remaining but a Mason White jumper in the paint at the buzzer gave the Buffs the 57-56 victory.

The Buffs were led offensively by Jackson with 15 points followed by Sims with another double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds while White registered 11 points on the night. West Texas A&M went 18-of-43 from the floor including 5-of-13 from behind the arc and 16-of-19 from the free throw line to shoot 41.9% on the night.

Kingsville was led by Wallace with 17 points followed by Brown with 14, the Javelinas went 22-of-47 from the floor including 8-of-16 from deep and 4-of-11 from the charity stripe to shoot 46.8% in the game.

The Buffs return to action on Tuesday night as they hit the road for the final time this regular season as they travel to Commerce, Texas to face off with the Lions of Texas A&M-Commerce with tipoff set for 7:30 p.m. at The Fieldhouse.