INCARNATE WORD, A&M-KINGSVILLE ON THE HORIZON FOR A&M-COMMERCE
A&M-Commerce Lions vs. Incarnate Word Cardinals
The Field House • Commerce, Texas
Wednesday, February 1 • 8 p.m.
Records: A&M-Commerce (7-12, 2-9 LSC); Incarnate Word (11-8, 7-5 LSC)
A&M-Commerce Lions at Texas A&M-Kingsville Javelinas
Steinke Center • Kingsville, Texas
Saturday, February 4 • 3 p.m.
Records: A&M-Commerce (7-12, 2-9 LSC); A&M-Kingsville (8-12, 3-8 LSC)
A&M-Commerce looks to build on its winning streak with three games against the southern duo of the Lone Star Conference. The Lions host Incarnate Word at the Field House Wednesday, February 1, tipping at 8 p.m. A&M-Commerce then faces A&M-Kingsville in a home-and-home series, beginning Saturday, February 4 at 3 p.m. in Kingsville before welcoming the Javelinas to the Field House for an 8 p.m. tip on Monday, February 6.
Lions On The Web
Lion basketball fans will be able to keep up with all the action this week as the Lions battle both Incarnate Word and A&M-Kingsville. J.P. Heath will call both the men's and women's games live against the Cardinals and Javelinas on KETR 88.9 FM and online at KETR.org. Live stats of both games will be available at LionAthletics.com.
Scouting the Cardinals
2011-12: 11-8 overall, 7-5 Lone Star Conference (T-3rd), 5-5 road.
Last Three Games: W at Texas A&M-Kingsville (59-55), W at West Texas A&M (63-53), L at Eastern New Mexico (75-57).
Head Coach: Ken Burmeister (St. Mary's, '70). Sixth season at Incarnate Word (108-55, .663); 14th season overall (236-178, .570).
Cardinal Key Players:
• Chris Johnson (Sr., F): 233 pts. (12.9 avg.), 48.6 FG pct., 80.6 FT pct., 150 reb. (8.3 avg.), 36 ast., 11 blk., 27 stl.
• Shaun Umeh (Sr., G): 221 pts. (11.6 avg.), 50.3 FG pct., 36.1 3FG pct., 80 reb. (4.2 avg.), 38 ast., 42 stl.
• Dionelle Rucker (Jr., F): 209 pts. (11.0 avg.), 59.4 FG pct., 92 reb. (4.8 avg.), 21 ast., 24 stl.
• Ian Markolf (Jr, C): 154 pts. (8.1 avg.), 46.8 FG pct., 117 reb. (6.2 avg.), 24 ast., 22 blk., 10 stl.
• Lyndale Brown (Jr, G): 150 pts. (7.9 avg.), 40.1 FG pct., 91 reb. (4.8 avg.), 53 ast., 7 blk., 33 stl.
Series Information: A&M-Commerce and Incarnate Word meet for the 10th time Wednesday evening with the Cardinals holding a 6-3 edge in the all-time series, including an 85-61 victory in San Antonio back on December 7th. A&M-Commerce had won the previous two meetings, including its only meeting against the Cardinals at the Field House - a 94-74 victory during the 2010-11 season.
Walker Against the Cardinals: 2-5 overall (.286). 1-0 home, 1-3 road, 0-2 neutral.
Scouting the Javelinas
2011-12: 8-12 overall, 3-8 Lone Star Conference (7th), 6-4 home, 2-7 road.
Last Three Games: L at St. Mary's (70-67, OT), L at Eastern New Mexico (60-56), L at West Texas A&M (69-40).
Head Coach: Pete Peterson (Southwestern, '78). 15th season at A&M-Kingsville (216-190, .532).
Javelina Key Players:
• Ashton Brown (Jr., G): 274 pts. (15.2 avg.), 49.1 FG pct., 41.0 3FG pct., 96.6 FT pct., 56 ast., 25 stl.
• Robert Williams (Sr., F): 288 pts. (15.2 avg.), 45.0 FG pct., 125 reb. (6.6 avg.), 22 ast., 24 stl.
• Derryl Nash (Jr., G): 187 pts. (9.4 avg.), 36.5 FG pct., 71 reb. (3.6 avg.), 18 ast., 15 stl.
• Marcus Ford (Sr., G): 157 pts. (7.9 avg.), 42.1 FG pct., 76.0 FT pct., 81 reb. (4.1 avg.), 28 ast., 17 blk.
• Ryan Layssard (Jr., G): 129 pts. (7.2 avg.), 34.7 FG pct., 58 ast., 29 stl.
Series Information: A&M-Commerce and A&M-Kingsville boast the longest standing rivalry in Lion basketball history as the teams have met 108 on the hardwood with A&M-Commerce holding a 62-46 lead in the all-time series. The Lions won the last meeting between the two teams, a 72-53 decision at the Field House last season, which snapped a four-game losing streak to the Javelinas. A&M-Kingsville is 7-3 in the last 10 against A&M-Commerce and has won four-straight at the Steinke Center with the Lions' last win in Kingsville coming in an 85-72 victory back in 2003. A&M-Commerce has won five of the last six games against A&M-Kingsville at the Field House.
Walker Against the Javelinas: 8-9 overall (.471). 6-2 home, 1-7 road, 0-1 neutral.
Walker Notches Career-High 17 Points in Victory Against Cameron
Sophomore Devondrick Walker continues to be a major factor in the A&M-Commerce lineup in 2011-12, appearing in 19 games with 13 starts for the Lions. Against Cameron on Saturday night, Walker recorded a career-high 17 points, including 13 in the second half. Walker shot three-of-five from the floor, including two-of-two from three-point range, and a crucial nine-of-10 from the free throw line, including a perfect eight-of-eight in the second half. Walker has scored in double figures six times for A&M-Commerce, averaging 7.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.8 steals per game.
N'Doye Ties Career-High With Four Blocks Against Aggies
Junior Mouhamadou N'doye has played limited minutes off the bench for A&M-Commerce, but the 7-0 center has made his time count. Against Midwestern State Wednesday, N'doye set a career-high with eight points with two blocks and three rebounds in 11 minutes of play. Against Cameron, N'doye tied his career-high with four blocks, three points and a pair of rebounds in nine minutes off the bench. N'doye, who is averaging 11.2 minutes per game, leads the Lone Star Conference in both total blocks (26) and blocks per game (1.6) while averaging 2.5 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.
A&M-Commerce and A&M-Kingsville conclude the second half of their home-and-home series back at the Field House on Monday, February 6. The game between the Lions and Javelinas will be streamed live by FoxSportsSouthwest.com and Lion fans are encouraged to come dressed in gold to show the nation their support for their Lions. Opening tip is scheduled for 8 p.m. or 25 minutes following the conclusion of the women's game.