Buffs and Lady Buffs open home stand with two wins


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    CANYON, Texas -

    The Lady Buff basketball team opened the evening at the First United Bank Center with a 81-70 win over Texas A&M Commerce.

    West Texas A&M shot 52.8% from the floor, led offensively by Lexy Hightower who went 7-of-11 from the floor and 2-of-3 from deep for 19 points followed by Abby Spurgin with 15 and Deleyah Harris with 12 to go along with 10 rebounds for a double-double, Megan Gamble dished out seven assists with four steals while Spurgin had six blocks.

    The Lady Buffs finally continue their Lone Star Conference home swing on Saturday afternoon as they host the Tarleton TexAnns at the First United Bank Center with tipoff scheduled for 2 p.m. on Hall of Champions Day in Canyon.

    Over on the men's side, a slow start put the Buffs in an 16-8 hole with a little more than 12 minutes remaining before Jordan Collins came off the bench to spark the offense. The junior made a timely three at 11:38 that led to another three from Brandon Hall two minutes later to cut the deficit to 18-17. The defense came up big for the reminder of the half as they kept the deficit manageable before Collins hit another three to give WT their first lead of the game, 25-23, at 4:16. They went into halftime leading 34-32 after outscoring the Lions 6-3 over the final two minutes of the first half.

    With the game tied at 40-all at 17:05 in the second half, WT responded with a 9-0 run over the next two minutes to take a 49-40 lead into the under 16-minute timeout. Qua Grant was the force behind the run as the scored five of his 14 points during the two-minute run. After allowing the Lions to fight back and take a 57-56 lead with 10 minutes remaining in the contest, WT held the visitors without a basket for more than seven minutes to take control of the game.

    Ryan Quaid made his only three-pointer of the game at 9:11 to give the Buffs a lead they would not relinquish. Hall would use his speed to punish the Lions scoring four straight points before feeding James Pennington for a tough layup in the lane. They continued to pour it on with a monstrous dunk by Quaid bringing the Buff Faithful to their feet. He would get another dunk in the dying minutes of the game following a nifty drive to the basket from Joel Murray.

    WT shot 32-of-63 (50.8%) from the floor, 9-of-29 (31.0%) from three-point range and 14-of-16 (87.5%) from the free throw line with 33 rebounds, 13 assists, eight steals and four blocks. Hall reached the 20-point plateau for the second time in his career with a career-high going 10-of-16 from the floor. He also had a career-high nine rebounds and five steals to go along with four assists. Murray added 19 points, 12 of those coming in the second half, with seven rebounds and four assists. Ryan Quaid added 14 points, one short of his season average, with seven rebounds while Grant chipped in 14 points in 29 minutes of action.

    The Buffs will face Tarleton State at 4 p.m. on Saturday following the Lady Buffs.

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