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No. 8 Buffs defeat Greyhounds, 99-69


Behind a strong shooting performance from the No. 8 West Texas A&M men's basketball team, improved to 2-0 in Lone Star Conference play and 8-0 overall with a 99-69 victory at Eastern New Mexico Saturday afternoon. 

WT senior Jordan Evans had a game-high 22 points on 7 of 13 from the field and 5 of 11 from beyond the arc with three free throws.

Freshman Gaige Prim had 12 points through the first 12 minutes of the game, while ENMU's Lamarquis Thompson countered with 10 points during that span.

For the half, the Buffs shot a season-high 58.1 percent from the field on 18 of 31, while returning to form on triples going 7 of 13 and were 7 of 9 from the line.

Evans had 12 points in the first half, while freshman Gaige Prim also had 12 points in the half.  Evans had three triples, while Prim was 3 for 5 from the field and two free throws.

ENMU was led by the 10 points from Thompson as the Greyhounds were 15 of 33 from the field, but were 2 of 6 from range and 7 of 10 from the line.  ENMU held a 17-14 lead in rebounding as both teams committed eight turnovers in the half.

The Greyhounds held a 17-9 lead in points off turnovers, while both teams had 22 points in the paint.

WT improved to 74-18 all-time against ENMU and 30-10 in games with known locations in Portales.

WT head coach Tom Brown improved to 72-31 overall and 6-1 against ENMU.

The Buffs posted 90 or more points in the sixth of eight games this season.

Along with Evans, Chavlovich added 14 points, and Prim tallied his third double-double of the season with a career-high 18 points and 11 rebounds.

The winning team in the series has had 80 or more points in each of the last six meeting with WT winning five of them and the 99 points is the most by the Buffs in the series since a 102-80 win on Jan. 5, 1989.

For the game, the Buffs shot 53.7 percent on 36 of 67 and were 14 of 30 from beyond the arc, while going 13 of 19 from the line.

WT came back and outrebounded the Greyhounds 37-35 and had just four turnovers in the second half compared to eight for the Greyhounds.

Five Buffs were in double figures in the game.

Thompson, ENMU's leading scorer this season, had a team-high 13 points for the Greyhounds, but was held to just one point in the second half.

WT had 42 points in the paint and 42 points off triples for a very balanced scoring game.

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