ODESSA – Kyree Elder scored 18 points to lead all 11 players who scored for UT Permian Basin, in a 101-61 win over Our Lady of the Lake on Wednesday night, for back to back victories at the Falcon Dome.
The Falcons (5-1) never trailed and led by as many as 31 before halftime over the Saints (1-5), an NAIA opponent. UT Permian Basin’s post play was dominate with big men, Maurice Walton contributing 14 of the teams 52 points in the paint, and Adam Rivera tailing 11 of teams 49 rebounds. Defensively UT Permian Basin forced 21 turnovers and limited Our Lady of the Lake to 29 percent shooting from the field.
“They’ve been averaging 90 (points) and yes, they are small, yes, they are scrappy, but they’ve been turning over a lot of teams,” Falcons’ head coach Josh Newman said.
“They’ve been pressing and trapping, and I thought we handled that as good as we as we could handle it. We actually made them get out of their press and I thought we took advantage and scored on the back end of that. Defensively to hold that team to 61, I’m actually pretty happy.”
Elder shot 6-8 from the field and made all four of his three-point attempts to bolster UT Permian Basin’s 48 percent from behind the arc. This season is the first time in his career to play the point guard position and has made the most of his opportunity stepping out as a leader on UT Permian Basin’s squad of fresh faces.
“He is very valuable, and he’s sacrificed a little bit,” Newman said about Elder.
“He’s sacrificed his rebounding and driving ability to run this team and I really respect that, because it’s not easy to change positions especially as a junior, but he’s stepped up and taken the challenge on.”
With such a large lead in the second half, several bench players were able to play a significant amount of minutes, combining for 52 points off the bench. Miles Washington led those players with 15 points, while DeMarco Jackson added 13 points.
“We want to continue to add depth that’s kind of what my philosophy is that if you can be deeper than other teams then you’re going to win a lot of games because typically the first five of each team is really good. The bench is typically going to win the game when it all comes down to it, so we’ve got to continue to get these guys involved in the game, because they are going to be big during the stretch.”
UT Permian Basin’s next game is against the University of the Southwest at 6 p.m. Saturday and will be the programs first ever game at the Chaparral Center in Midland.
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UT Permian Basin 101, Our Lady of the Lake 61
Our Lady of the Lake (1-5) – Lennox Jones 13, Brandon Joseph 9, Zechary Thomas 9, Christian Fields 8, Xavier Woodington 5, Darin Manniefield 4, Kieruis Hood 4, Cameron Field 4, Ethan White 3, Michael Saladin 2
UT Permian Basin (5-1) – Kyree Elder 18, Miles Washington 15, Maurice Walton 14, DeMarco Jackson 13, Jamani Glover 9, Jacob Ledoux 8, Xavier Ledet 7, Adam Rivera 6, Amanze Njoku-Ibe 6, Isaac Hernandez 5, Isaiah Hammons 4
Our Lady of the Lake 26 35 –61
UT Permian Basin 55 50 –105
3-point goals – Our Lady of the Lake 5 (Joseph, White, Thomas, Fields, Woodington), UTPB 10 (Elder 4, Jackson 2, Ledoux, Hernandez, Glover, Rivera). Free throws – Our Lady of the Lake 9-12, UTPB 9-11. Total fouls – Our Lady of the Lake 21, UTPB 23. Fouled out – UTPB, Walton.