Men's Basketball Travels To Laredo For Contest With TAMIU
The McMurry University men's basketball team will take to the road once again after a successful 2-0 home-stand last week, when they travel to Laredo, Texas to take on the Dustdevils of Texas A&M International University on Thursday.
McMurry comes into the game having defeated Dallas Baptist, 80-49, in its previous contest. In the game, freshman Chris Campbell led the War Hawks in scoring, pouring in a career-high, 16. Thomas Brandsma also notched a career-high, pulling down eight rebounds. Three-other players also totaled double-figures in the contest as Kaylim Noel scored 12, and Alfred Perez and DJ Stennis scored 11 each.
Holding an opponent under 50 points for the third time this season against DBU, McMurry held the starting five of the Patriots to just 17 points on 6-of-20 shooting in the game. The team also held the conference's leading scorer, Nick Fox, to just eight points.
With Kenny Williams out over the past three contests, the War Hawks have looked to a balanced attack. Seven different McMurry players have scored in double-figures at least once over the three-game stretch. Antonio Bell is averaging 12.4 points per game, while Takoby Jackson<http://www.mcmurrysports.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3367> is scoring at a 10.8 clip.
The War Hawks also continue to hang their hats on the defensive side of the ball, allowing just 56 points per game over their last two contests. McMurry ranks first in the Heartland Conference in opponents' points per game (62.8), three point percentage defense (.296) and opponents' field goal percentage (.393).
On the other side of the court, the Dustdevils come into the contest having dropped their last two contests, and are now 7-6 on the year. Matthew Culliver Jr. leads the team in scoring, averaging 13.0 points per game. Jordan Clark and Johnel Gray are also averaging in double figures on the year as Clark scores 11.4 per game, and Gray averages 11.0 per contest.
Like McMurry, TAMIU boasts a strong defensive front, allowing just 66.8 points per game, which ranks second in the Heartland Conference. They are also tied with the War Hawks in opponents field goal percentage, allowing counterparts to shoot just .393 per contest. However, offense has been an issue for TAMIU, scoring just 70.6 per game, the second worst in the conference.
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