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
Tuesday, May 03, 2016 by Seattle Pacific Athletic Communications SAN DIEGO - Ryan Looney , who recently completed his seventh season as head men's basketball coach at Seattle Pacific, has accepted the same position at Point Loma Nazarene. The announcement was made Tuesday morning by Point Loma athletic director Ethan Hamilton. Looney departs as SPU's third all-time winningest coach with a 164-51 record. His winning ratio of 76.3 percent is the best in school history. During his tenure,... [read more]
Tuesday, May 03, 2016 by Seattle Pacific Athletic Communications
SAN DIEGO - Ryan Looney , who recently completed his seventh season as head men's basketball coach at Seattle Pacific, has accepted the same position at Point Loma Nazarene. The announcement was made Tuesday morning by Point Loma athletic director Ethan Hamilton.
Looney departs as SPU's third all-time winningest coach with a 164-51 record. His winning ratio of 76.3 percent is the best in school history.
During his tenure, the Falcons won at least 20 games each year and made NCAA Division II Tournament appearances all seven seasons. He was a two-time Great Northwest Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after leading his team to league regular-season titles in both 2010 and 2014. He also guided the Falcons to three straight GNAC Tournament Championships (2013-15).
"Ryan Looney has put his successful imprint on a distinguished SPU men's basketball history," said SPU interim athletic director Tom Box. "Ryan's seven years included successive trips to the NCAA with student-athletes who also excelled in the classroom.
"We are grateful for Ryan and Julianna's family and the friendships we have built with them. Our best wishes are extended to them as they depart for San Diego."
Looney had great success in student-athlete development both on and off the court. The Falcons received three consecutive Team Academic Excellence Awards from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), with the latest in July 2015.
SPU compiled an impressive 3.41 combined grade point average and, for the fifth consecutive season, earned the GNAC trophy for posting the top GPA among the league's men's basketball teams. That figure was the highest in the conference for a men's team in any sport in 2014-15.
Looney coached David Downs (2014) and Chris Banchero (2010) to GNAC Player of the Year honors, in addition to leading his team to exhibition wins over NCAA Division I opponents Arizona, Nevada and Eastern Washington.
"I am so thankful for the opportunity that I was given to lead the men's basketball program at Seattle Pacific University," Looney said. "Our teams experienced a tremendous amount of success on the court, but I am more proud of how our student-athletes grew off of it. Our players have been great ambassadors for SPU."
Prior to joining SPU, Looney coached at his alma mater of Eastern Oregon University. As a coach, he led the Mountaineers to back-to-back NAIA Tournament appearances and their first conference title in 38 years.
Looney graduated from EOU in 1998 and earned his Master's degree in sports administration from Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 2001. He is married to Julianna, and the couple has two children, daughter Peyton and son Micah.
Looney will become the 14th coach in the history of the Point Loma men's basketball program.
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