The WTAMU Buffalo basketball team hosted the Angelo State Rams on Feb. 2 in Canyon. The Buffs took advantage of strong shooting and a number of Rams fouls to get an 82-67 win, marking the first time WT has won consecutive games since Dec. 29 through Jan. 3.
ASU began the game with a 3-7 lead over the Buffs, but a 12-4 WT run gave the Buffs a 15-12 lead early in the first half. WT took advantage of several Rams fouls to go on a 14-2 run while on top 19-18 in the latter part of the first 20 minutes. The Buffs would take a 38-28 lead into the break.
“Last time we played them we got the inside pretty easy and we tried to follow the same game plan,” said senior Donald Sims.
Sims and redshirt senior Mason White led WT with 10 points each at the half. The Buffs shot an impressive 14 of 20 for 70 percent from the floor, three of five for 60 percent from three-point range and seven of ten for 70 percent from the line.
Both teams went back-and-forth during the second half. WT and ASU nearly traded bucket for bucket and point for point the entire half. The Buffs shot 64 percent from the field, 50 percent from downtown and 93 percent from the stripe to earn the victory.
WT had five players reach double-digit scoring, led by Sims, who finished the night with 21 points and 11 rebounds. White and senior Darnell Jackson each scored 16 points for the Buffs, and senior Kennon Washington and sophomore Tez Dumars each tallied 10 points. WT shot 28 of 42 for 67 percent from the field, six of 11 from beyond the arch and 20 of 24 for 83 percent from the free throw line on the night.
The Buffs are now 14-6 overall and 6-6 in the Lone Star Conference. WT reached the .500 mark in conference play for the first time since Dec. 8 with the win. The Buffs will next play Midwestern State in Canyon on Feb. 6 with tip set for 8 p.m.