A&M-COMMERCE OPENS HOME SCHEDULE FACING DALLAS BAPTIST TUESDAY
A&M-Commerce Lions vs. Dallas Baptist Patriots
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The Field House • Commerce, Texas
Records: A&M-Commerce (1-1); Dallas Baptist (1-0)
A&M-Commerce hits the court at the Field House for the first time in 2012-13, hosting Dallas Baptist Tuesday, November 13. Opening tip against the Patriots is set for a 7 p.m. start.
Lions on the Web
Fans unable to make it to the Field House for the 2012-13 season opener against Dallas Baptist can still stay up-to-date on every Lion basket. Live video of the game will be available at LionAthletics.com, powered by Stretch Internet. A single game runs $7.95 with season passes for every home game of the 2012-13 season available. KETR 88.9 FM will call the game live with Charlie Chitwood handling the play-by-play duties, with the game also available online at KETR.org. Live statistics are available at LionAthletics.com with Twitter updates @Lion_Athletics.
Scouting the Patriots
2012-13: 1-0 overall, 0-0 road. 2011-12: 18-16 overall, 6-8 Heartland Conference (6th), 5-7 road
Last Game: W vs. Abilene Christian (79-72)
Head Coach: Blake Flickner (Kansas, 1998). Seventh season at Dallas Baptist (114-80, .588)
• #32 Nick Fox (Sr., F): 30 pts. (30.0 ppg.), 53.8 FG%, 50.0 3FG%, 100.0 FT%, 13 reb. (13.0 avg.), 3 ast., 2 blk., 1 stl.
• #10 Wesley Gipson (So., G): 11 pts. (11.0 ppg.), 66.7 FG%, 100.0 3FG%, 100.0 FT%, 3 reb. (3.0 avg.), 1 ast.
• #23 Charles Allen (Fr., G): 10 pts. (10.0 ppg.), 100.0 FG%, 100.0 3FG%, 5 reb. (5.0 avg.), 1 blk.
• #22 Cory Carden (Jr., G): 9 pts. (9.0 ppg.), 60.0 FG%, 60.0 3FG%, 3 reb. (3.0 avg.), 3 ast., 1 stl.
• #5 Jordan Kirschke (Sr., G): 5 pts. (5.0 ppg.), 20.0 FG%, 50.0 3FG%, 100.0 FT%, 1 reb. (1.0 avg.), 2 ast.
Synopsis: Dallas Baptist opened up the 2012-13 season with a 79-72 victory over Lone Star Conference rival Abilene Christian Saturday, led by Nick Fox's 32 points and 13 rebounds. Fox hit 7-of-13 shots from the floor and 15-of-15 from the line with Wesley Gipson adding 11 points and Charles Allen finishing with 10.
Tuesday marks the 18th meeting all-time between A&M-Commerce and Dallas Baptist with the Lions holding a 10-7 edge in the all-time series. The two teams met last year in Dallas with the Patriots pulling away late to hand the Lions a 71-61 defeat. It marked the first meeting since the 1985-86 season – the last time Dallas Baptist has visited the Field House. The two have split the last 10 meetings with each team notching five victories.
Lions Open 2012-13 Season With Split at St. Edward's Shootout
A&M-Commerce opened up the 2012-13 season with a pair of games at the St. Edward's Shootout in Austin, earning a split on the weekend. The Lions fell behind early against host St. Edward's in the season finale and their second half rally fell short, falling to the Hilltoppers 75-70. The following night, it was a role reversal as A&M-Commerce raced out to the early lead on UT-Permian Basin, then held on in the second half for an 80-65 victory.
Davis Opens Senior Campaign With a Bang
Senior forward Andrew Davis got his senior season off to a strong start over the weekend at the St. Edward's Shootout. The 2011-12 LSC Academic Player of the Year, Davis recorded 13 points and 11 rebounds in the season opener against St. Edward's Friday evening, followed by a 10-point, 11-rebound performance the following night against UT-Permian Basin. For his efforts, Davis was named to the St. Edward's Shootout All-Tournament Team.
Carson, Wooten Notch Strong Start in Season Debuts
A number of Lions came through with impressive performances over the weekend as A&M-Commerce opened up the 2012-13 season with a 1-1 record. Stefon Carson notched double-digit point totals in both games, finishing with 11 against St. Edward's and 13 against UT-Permian Basin with five assists. Tyrie Wooten was also impressive in his Lion debut, finishing with 11 points against the Hilltoppers and nine against the Falcons, including going 5-of-12 from three-point range and 3-of-4 from the line.
A&M-Commerce heads back on the road this weekend, traveling to Stephenville for the 2012 Tarleton State Texan Tip-Off. The Lions open up the two-day tournament facing East Central Friday at 5 p.m., followed by a rematch with UT-Permian Basin at 5 p.m. Saturday afternoon. A&M-Commerce then returns home to face Ouachita Baptist on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.