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LSC MEN’S BASKETBALL
Tarleton State has a one-game advantage over UT Permian Basin in the Lone Star Conference standings with two games left. Tarleton plays at UTPB Thursday and at West Texas A&M Saturday with the LSC title on the line.
The Tarleton at WT game in Canyon on February 25 was added to the NCAA Division II Basketball Showcase and will air on the American Sports Network and NCAA.com.
The last week of action will determine the eight teams and seeding for the LSC Championship, set for March 2-5 in Allen, Texas.
The LSC men have a 156-102 overall record so far this season. In the NCAA South Central Region, the men’s teams are currently 21-6 combined versus Heartland Conference teams and 14-4 against the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
James McPherson, UT Permian Basin, JR, Guard, Ann Arbor, Mich., Robichaud
McPherson helped lead the Falcons to a pair of close road wins this past week, averaging 25 points per game in a 93-90 win at Angelo State and an 87-81 triple overtime victory at Texas A&M-Kingsville. The Lone Star Conference leader in 3-point percentage went off again this week from deep, hitting 8-13 from beyond the arc against Angelo State to end the game with 29 points to lead all players. He came back to shoot 5-8 from deep to score 21 points against the Javelinas. He played all 40 minutes against Angelo State and followed that with a 47-minute night in the 3OT contest two days later. McPherson is now averaging 14.7 points and shooting 43 percent from 3-point on the year.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Since this story was written, UTPB won versus Angelo State, 93-90.
UTPB men’s basketball is the hot buzz around campus as they currently hold a national rank. The men’s team plays Texas A&M Kingsville Saturday (2/18/17). Every game is even more important than the next, as the UTPB men’s team works their way towards the Lone Star Conference tournament. If the UTPB men’s team wins against A&M Kingsville (2/18/17), Tarleton State (2/23/17), and A&M Commerce (2/25/17), the UTPB men’s basketball team will win the Lone Star Conference at first place. There is no room for error, due to if a game is lost the UTPB men’s team will move down to second or third place. Second or third place will still guarantee the UTPB men’s basketball team a spot in the conference tournament. The first place team of the Lone Star Conference gets to host the conference tournament at their “home gym.” The UTPB men’s team look to have a huge crowd at their next home game against Tarleton State (2/23/17). The UTPB men’s basketball team is in hopes of hosting the conference tournament as Daeshon Francis, #5, says “We want first.” The student body, and administrators are encouraged to come out to the games and help support these men through the last remaining games of the season.