The Commerce Journal

Local News

January 18, 2013

Walker breaks all-time record in win over Midwestern State

COMMERCE — Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s basketball head coach Sam Walker has seen his share of memorable victories on the Lion sidelines. But Wednesday night at the Field House will go down as one of the most memorable as Walker saw his Lions claw back from a double-digit first half deficit to topple reigning Lone Star Conference champion Midwestern State 74-66, giving him his 202nd career victory and surpassing Jim Gudger as the all-time winningest coach in A&M-Commerce history.

“This night was fun, but it was mostly due to the players on this team and from teams past,” Walker said. “They were the ones that were out there battling every night, and I was just along for the ride. So this night was more for them and what they did for the program. But let’s not overlook the fact that this was a huge conference win for this team against a very good Midwestern State team, and a win our team needed right now.”

In his 13 seasons as the head coach of the Lions, Walker has compiled a 202-152 record, including an 83-72 mark in LSC play. He became the second Lion coach across all sports to record his 200 wins in the 92-62 trouncing of Dallas Baptist on December 15, 2012, and his .571 winning percentage is the fourth-best among all Lion basketball coaches.

Senior Preston Whitley, who has been a key figure for the past four seasons for Walker’s teams, did everything he could to help ensure the victory, scoring a career-high 28 points off 9-of-14 shooting, including going a crucial 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Stefon Carson came up big as well with 14 points and five assists while Tyrie Wooten added 13 points, four rebounds and four assists on the night.

Jason Smith posted seven points and six rebounds with a game-high three steals while Andrew Davis added five points and six rebounds.

The night didn’t start off the way the Lions would have hoped as they quickly fell behind 22-10 behind the fast-paced Midwestern State offensive attack. But after weathering the initial Mustang stampede, the Lions slowly began to chip away at the deficit, pulling to within one at 34-33 at the half.

That momentum carried into the second as the Lions scored the first 10 points of the second half as A&M-Commerce found itself holding on to a 43-34 advantage. The run proved to be the spark A&M-Commerce needed as the Lions had outscored the Mustangs 17-2 over a seven-minute span, encompassing the final three and a half minutes of the first half and the first three and a half minutes of the second.

Midwestern State has become accustomed to battling from behind in the second half this season and Wednesday night’s game was no different. The Mustangs began to make their charge at the Field House, tying the game on five different occasions down the stretch, the last of which came at 65-65 with 2:35 remaining. But clutch baskets from the Lions in the waning minutes prevented Midwestern State from ever reclaiming the lead as A&M-Commerce was finally able to topple one of its biggest nemesis.

With the A&M-Commerce crowd on its feet, the Lions took turns cutting down the net at the north end of the Field House, giving each player on the team a momento of the historic night in Lion basketball history. The final cut was saved for  Walker who humbly held up the net to acknowledge the fans who continued to stand and applaud.

The historic victory for Walker almost overshadowed what a big win this was for A&M-Commerce in the LSC standings. The victory snapped a two-game losing skid, but more importantly snapped a 10-game losing streak to Midwestern State dating back to the 2004-05 season, as well as handing the Mustangs their first conference loss of the season.

Midwestern State was led by Monzaigo Williams’ 22 points with six assists while Corbin Thomas notched an impressive double-double, finishing with 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Mustangs. Cam Adderley notched 15 points and seven rebounds with Derek Kaster grabbing 10 rebounds to complement his five points.

Text Only
Local News
  • Zoe Peak.JPG Zoe Peak signs with Henderson State

    Most high school athletes are passionate about the sports they play, but few demonstrate the dedication of swimmers like Commerce High School senior Zoe Peak.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Holocaust-Poster-2014-180x180.jpg Holocaust survivors to speak at A&M-Commerce

    Texas A&M University-Commerce students and community members will have a unique opportunity to hear firsthand from three Holocaust survivors their individual experiences, an opportunity that is becoming rarer by the day.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • DavidBrown.jpg Dallas Police Chief to speak at A&M-Commerce

    Dallas Police Chief David Brown will be on the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus on April 25 to give a speech in the Traditions Room of the Rayburn Student Center.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • University to host Korean Consul-General

    Texas A&M University-Commerce will host a distinguished international politician today as former ambassador and Consul-General of the Republic of Korea Suk-Bum Park visits the campus.

    April 15, 2014

  • CR 1081 Damage 2.jpg Storm damages Hunt County

    Although Commerce was not struck by the series of tornadoes that occurred on April 3, it bore much of the impact of the severe weather caused by the storm cell. 

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Food pantry assists the ‘working poor’

    When Bread of Life Church of the Nazarene took over a monthly food pantry from Word of Life Church in Commerce, Pastor Jan Wilton told members of the Commerce Lions Club she felt a need to help the Commerce community.

    April 9, 2014

  • CR 1081 Damage 2.jpg Tornado bigger than first thought

    Additional details were released Monday about the size and intensity of last week’s tornado which struck northern Hunt County.

    April 8, 2014 2 Photos

  • Drumming up some fun

    Have you ever wondered what it takes to be part of a drum line at a university?

    April 3, 2014

  • Teachers honored at Commerce board meeting

    The Commerce ISD Board of Trustees held open session on March 20 to recognize the achievements of the Commerce ISD Campus Teachers of the Year, as well as discuss the potential offering of non-core classes to students not enrolled in the district.

    April 1, 2014

  • Environmental project to beautify park

    As the drought continues in Texas, water conservation is a hot topic.

    March 31, 2014

Featured Ads


What should be new A&M-C women's basketball coach Jason Burton's goals for the 2014-15 season?

Winning 10 games
Winning and LSC tournament game
His focus should be on recruiting/building the team, rather than immediate success
     View Results
Must Read
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide