Solid shot guides Lion men’s basketball over Oklahoma Christian

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma — The first meeting between the Texas A&M-Commerce University men’s basketball team and the Oklahoma Christian Eagles ended in possession earlier this season. Saturday afternoon was a little different as the Lions took an 87-66 victory in the Eagles Nest.

The Lions improve to 15-4 this season, winning three straight and are 7-3 in the Lone Star Conference game, which puts them in fourth place. The Eagles are 7-17 overall and 3-7 in conference play.

The Eagles scored the first six points of the game, preventing the Lions from missing their first three shots. A one-and-one from Demarcus Demonia (Fort Washington, Md.) and a dunk from Clashon Gaffney (Clarksville) brought the Lions within 6-5. Carson Tuttle (Mukilteo, Wash.) tied the game at eight with a three-pointer.

Gaffney gave the Lions their first lead of the game at 14:54 with a layup at 10-8. Jairus Roberson (DeSoto) made four three-pointers in the first half. He knocked down two in a row to give the Lions a 16-11 lead. The Lions did not relinquish that lead for the rest of the game. Their biggest lead was 40-31 in the first half and they were leading 40-33 at halftime.

Demonia had 11 points and six rebounds in the first half. Gaffney had seven points. The Lions shot 51.9 percent from the field and 8 for 15 from range, holding the Eagles to shoot 2 for 9 from range.

The Lions extended their lead to 26 points in the second half, beating Oklahoma Christian 47-33 in the second half. The Lions shot 61% from the field in the second half and knocked down six three-pointers.

A&M-Commerce outperformed Oklahoma Christian, 57% to 48%. The Eagles shot 3 for 16 from outside the three-point arc, the Lions shot 14 for 26.

Demonia led the team with 20 points and eight rebounds. He shot 7-for-8 from the field and knocked down three three-pointers. He also recorded three assists, a steal and a block. Roberson made a three-pointer in the second half, he finished the game with 15 points. Gaffney also scored 15 points and had six rebounds.

Alphonso Willis (Atlanta, Georgia) filled the stat sheet with 14 points, four rebounds, eight assists, four steals and one block. Tuttle finished the game with nine points and three assists.

Augustine Ene (Carrollton – Creekview) had nine runs, two steals, one block and one steal. Carius Key (Irving – MacArthur) had four points off the bench and Rodney Brown (Beaumont – Westbrook) had two points. Key also grabbed three rebounds.

Moun’tae Edmundson led the Eagles with 20 points.

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