A strong surge midway through the second half proved too great an obstacle to overcome as A&M-Commerce dropped a hard-fought 69-63 decision to Cameron Saturday afternoon at the Field House.
The Lions fall to 14-12 overall and 7-9 in the Lone Star Conference standings, moving into a three-way tie for sixth with West Texas A&M and Texas A&M-Kingsville. Cameron clinches the second overall seed in the LSC tournament, closing out the regular season with a 17-7 mark and a 13-5 in conference action.
Once again, A&M-Commerce struggled from the floor, hitting just 18 of its 59 attempts (30.5 percent) while going just 3-for-18 from beyond the arc (16.7 percent). Cameron was 18-of-57 from the floor (31.6 percent) but hit five more three-point shots than the Lions (8-of-29), helping give the Aggies the distance they needed.
Four Lions finished in double figures, led by a double-double from Andrew Davis who notched 11 points and a career-best 14 rebounds on the night. It marks the fourth double-double of the season for Davis, who earlier this week was named a first team Capital One Academic All-American.
Stefon Carson and Jason Smith both contributed 11 points in the loss as Smith pulled down seven rebounds. Tyrie Wooten added 10 points, six rebounds and a team-high four assists with Quince Jackson finishing with eight points four rebounds for A&M-Commerce.
After clinching a spot in the LSC tournament earlier this week, the Lions were looking to make a statement and climb up the standings by knocking off the second-place Aggies to open up a season-ending two-game homestand. A&M-Commerce looked strong early, building a six-point lead at 16-10 midway through the opening stanza.
But Cameron began to find its shooting groove, stringing together a 14-5 run to take a 24-19 lead with just under four minutes remaining in the half. That was answered by an 8-0 run by the Lions, however, giving A&M-Commerce the edge at 27-24 before taking a 28-27 advantage into the locker room.
After exchanging baskets through the first part of the second half, Cameron began to find its rhythm and distance itself from the Lions. A three-minute stretch saw the Aggies build a 14 point lead at 57-43 with eight minutes remaining, then the late A&M-Commerce rally wasn’t enough as Cameron held on to prevail 69-63, sweeping the season series against the Lions.
Cameron was led by 23 points from Craig Foster with Asaad Robinson adding 14 points and Tim Johnson finishing with 13. Rudy Harrell also came up big for the Aggies, finishing with a double-double by logging 11 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
Two games now remain in the 2012-13 regular season, with both of the upcoming opponents locked in a dog fight with A&M-Commerce for tournament seeding. The final week begins with the final home game of the season as the Lions host West Texas A&M on Wednesday, February 27th, tipping at 7:30 p.m.
A&M-Commerce then makes the trek west to Portales, N.M., battling Eastern New Mexico in the regular season finale on Saturday, March 2nd. Full coverage of both games (video, stats, audio) will be available at LionAthletics.com.