LAREDO, Texas The TAMIU men's basketball team withstood a late surge by Eastern New Mexico University, holding on for a 76-68 win Saturday night at the TAMIU KCB.
After leading by 24 midway through the second half Greyhounds' point guard Rodney Blackmon, who led all scorers with 27 points, led a ferocious comeback trimming TAMIU's lead all the way down to just three points.
Laredo native Danny Rosas (5'9''-G) hit two clutch three-pointers down the stretch and Johnel Grey banked home a shot to help TAMIU hold on for the win.
Head Coach Bryan Weakley picked up his first win as a head coach, but said he wasn't pleased with the way the team finished.
"It feels good to start the season with a win, but all I can think about is practice on Monday and our next game on Wednesday. This team has to figure out how we're going to rebounds and defend without fouling. Those are the two most important things we can possess as a team and they will determine the outcome of our season. The biggest positive I got from tonight's game was the way we shared the ball. They played unselfish and they care about one another."
Junior transfer Matt Culliver nearly recorded a triple double, leading all TAMIU scorers with 15 points to go along with nine rebounds and eight assists. Rosas led the TAMIU bench, which outscored the Greyhounds' bench 29-7, with 13 points on 4-8 shooting from the field, including a 3-7 performance from beyond the arc. Damal Donaldson, Felipe Vezaro, and Jayvin Reynolds (6'6''-F/C) each finished with 10 points, while Grey added nine. The Dustdevils shot 50.9% from the field and 45% from three-point range.
After getting off to a slow start, the Dustdevils began to find their rhythm using an 8-0 run to grab a 12-4 lead. Leading 16-11 TAMIU began to pull away with three straight points by Reynolds and a three pointer from Culliver to give the home team a 23-14 lead. Vezaro hit back-to-back three's extending the lead to 16 points, before Donaldson and Rosas hit two more consecutive shots pushing TAMIU's lead to 20.
With the Dustdevil's leading by 22, ENMU's Dayton De La Cerda grabbed an offensive rebound and hit a shot in the paint as the first half buzzer sounded, sending TAMIU into the half with a 45-25 lead.
The Dustdevils came out strong again in the second half and Rosas three at the 14:22 mark gave TAMIU their biggest lead of the game at 58-34. Over the next nine minutes TAMIU missed seven shots and committed six turnovers allowing the Greyhounds to go on a 19-0 run, cutting the lead to 61-56.
Culliver finally ended the scoring drought with a layup and Rosas followed with a three to push the lead back out to ten. The Greyhounds came right back with a 9-2 run, capped by a Blackmon three, cutting the lead down to three. Rosas once again came through with another clutch three-ball and Grey banked home a layup with just over a minute left to play to give TAMIU a 73-65 lead. Rosas and Vezaro made crucial free throws in the final 30 seconds to preserve the 76-68 win.
The Dustdevils start the season 1-0 and will now begin preparations for a showdown with Texas A&M Kingsville, who swept the season series over TAMIU last year. The Dustdevils will battle the Javelinas on the road on November 14 in Kingsville at 7 p.m. Courtesy of: http://heartlandsports.org
Joe Mazzulla Named Head Men's Basketball Coach at Fairmont State - 29 days ago
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In my Daily Dirt earlier today, I mentioned that Joe Mazzulla was the leader for DII Fairmont State. It's now been made official. Fairmont State University Director of Athletics Tim McNeely announced today that Joe Mazzulla has been named the program's 12th head men's basketball coach. Mazzulla will be introduced to the Fairmont community at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29 during a press conference inside Joe Retton Arena. Following some opening comments from Coach Mazzulla, media members... [read more]
In my Daily Dirt earlier today, I mentioned that Joe Mazzulla was the leader for DII Fairmont State. It's now been made official. Fairmont State University Director of Athletics Tim McNeely announced today that Joe Mazzulla has been named the program's 12th head men's basketball coach. Mazzulla will be introduced to the Fairmont community at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 29 during a press conference inside Joe Retton Arena. Following some opening comments from Coach Mazzulla, media members will have the opportunity to do one-on-one interviews. Members of the community are invited to attend. A former West Virginia University standout, Mazzulla spent five years coaching at the NCAA Division II level, including three at Fairmont State, before serving as an assistant coach in the NBA Development league last year. 'It is a privilege to welcome Joe back to Fairmont, and we couldn't be happier to have him as our next head men's basketball coach,' said McNeely. 'Joe is well known around the state of West Virginia from leading the Mountaineers to the Final Four, and he has had success at every stop of his young coaching career. 'Coming off a national runner-up season, we wanted to keep the continuity and team chemistry as strong as possible, and we believe Joe is the correct person to keep FSU basketball rolling in the right direction.' 'I am pleased to welcome Joe back to Fairmont State, and I have complete confidence that we have found a leader that can keep FSU basketball competing at the highest level,' said FSU President Maria Rose. Mazzulla most recently served as an assistant coach for the Maine Red Claws (an affiliate of the Boston Celtics) of the NBA Developmental League for the last year. Maine currently leads the Atlantic Division of the NBADL standings with a 28-19 overall record. Prior to his position with the Red Claws, Mazzulla was an assistant coach for three seasons on Jerrod Calhoun's staff at Fairmont State. During that time, the Falcons compiled a record of 67-26 with three 20-win seasons and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances. 'I would like to thank President Rose, Athletic Director Tim McNeely, Coach Jerrod Calhoun, the entire community of Fairmont and the current players at Fairmont State University for giving me the opportunity to take over the FSU basketball program,' said Mazzulla. 'It is very humbling to get this opportunity and I'm excited to come home and lead a program that is loved and supported by a group of passionate community members. Fairmont is a special place. 'I am excited to get back to work with the returning players and find ways that we can all get one percent better each day.' During his three year's on the coaching staff at Fairmont State, Mazzulla was instrumental in developing point guards Caleb Davis and Shammgod Wells into regular contributors and starters for the Falcon. Wells ended his career in 2017 as the school's all-time leader in both assists and steals. Davis started his first two seasons in Fairmont prior to becoming a key reserve for FSU as a junior in 2015-16. Davis started the first five games of the 2016-17 season before suffering a season-ending injury. Mazzulla was also key in the early development of point guard Jason Jolly, who served as the sixth-man for the Falcons in 2015-16 as a freshman. During that season, Jolly was fourth on the team in scoring (9.4) and made 52 three-pointers. Mazzulla started his coaching career by spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Glenville State. In his time with the Pioneers Mazzulla helped develop two All-WVIAC honorees and a pair of all-freshman team honorees. Prior to beginning his coaching career, Mazzulla played four seasons at West Virginia University for head coaches John Beilein and Bob Huggins. His teams made four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including a berth in the Final Four in 2010. Mazzulla also won a Big East Tournament Championship and NIT Tournament Championship at WVU and the standout also excelled in the classroom, getting named to Big East Academic All-Star Team three times (2007, 2009 and 2010). The point guard was the sixth-man for the Mountaineers during the 2010 Final Four run. Mazzulla had a season-high 17 points in the regional final against Kentucky to help lead WVU to the Final Four. As a senior, Mazzulla started 16 games and averaged 7.7 points and 3.8 rebounds. The standout point guard also had 139 assists during his final season with the Mountaineers. Mazzulla and his wife Camai currently reside in Fairmont and have two children, Michael Harden and Emmanuel Joseph Daniel Mazzulla. Mazzulla is a native of Johnston, R.I. Courtesy of: hoopdirt.com
Player of the Year: Justin Pitts (5'9''-PG) of Northwest Missouri State NABC NCAA D2 All-America Team Matt Bingaya (6'4''-G-94) of Fairmont State Joshua Blaylock (6'2''-G) of Fort Lewis Luquon Choice (6'3''-G-93) of Lincoln Memorial Devin Gilligan (6'5''-F) of Southern New Hampshire Zach Hankins (6'10''-C) of Ferris State Jeremiah Hill (6'2''-G-95) of Valdosta State Aaron Lien (6'4''-G-95) of MSU Moorhead Justin Pitts of Northwest Missouri State Justin Reyes (6'4''-G/F) of St. Thomas Aqu... [read more]
Player of the Year:Justin Pitts (5'9''-PG) of Northwest Missouri State
Northwest Missouri wins Division II title - 1 month ago
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Northwest Missouri State has pulled off the double. The Bearcats defeated Fairmont State 71-61 victory for the NCAA Division II men's basketball championship on Saturday in Sioux Falls, S.D. Northwest became the first Division II program to win football and men's basketball titles in the same school year. The Bearcats finished the season 35-1. Northwest Missouri State scored the game's first seven points and never trailed. The Bearcats extended an 11-point halftime lead to 14 on a Justin... [read more]
Northwest Missouri State has pulled off the double. The Bearcats defeated Fairmont State 71-61 victory for the NCAA Division II men's basketball championship on Saturday in Sioux Falls, S.D. Northwest became the first Division II program to win football and men's basketball titles in the same school year. The Bearcats finished the season 35-1. Northwest Missouri State scored the game's first seven points and never trailed. The Bearcats extended an 11-point halftime lead to 14 on a Justin Pitts (5'9''-PG) three-pointer. Fairmont's Matt Bingaya (6'4''-G-94) went on a personal 6-0 run before Pitts responded with another triple. Fairmont entered the game averaging 95 points, but it couldn't muster much offense and its press defense was largely useless against the Bearcats. Pitts, the NABC Division II player of the year, finished with 23 points and was voted most outstanding player of the Elite Eight. The junior from Blue Springs played all 40 minutes and committed just one turnover. Chris-Ebou Ndow (6'6''-F-93) was the work horse on the boards with 18 rebounds to go along with 17 points. Anthony Woods (6'2''-G, college: NW Missouri St.) added 13. Northwest Missouri State had been the regional runner-up each of the past three years. But the Bearcats finished the job for the program's first men's basketball national championship. Courtesy of: kansascity.com
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