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Buffs roll past Western State 114-58

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No. 7 West Texas A&M put on a show for more than the 1,000 fans in attendance on Saturday evening at the First United Bank Center in their 114-58 victory over Western State. The 56-point margin of victory is their most against a Division II opponent during Tom Brown's time as head coach of the Buffs.

The Buffs jumped out to a 16-4 lead in the opening five minutes of the game with Jon'il Fugett and Eric Mosley connecting on 3-pointers. The lead was stretched to 17, 21-4, at 12:07 on another three from Fugett before Joel Murray connected on the first of his three 3-pointers at 10:41.

Jordan Collins provided a spark off the bench on both sides of the ball as the Houston native hit a pullup jumper followed by a pair of free throws as WT led 32-9 at 7:12. Qua Grant took over the final seven minutes of the first half scoring 15 points including seven straight at one point punctuated by a steal and dunk. Mosley finished the first half with his second 3-pointer of the game to push the lead to 60-26.

WT opened the second half with eight straight points, four of those coming off steals from Mosley and Derrick Geddis. Following another steal from the Buffs defense, Jake Gerber scored his first career basket on a nice assist from fellow freshman JT Warren.

Five straight points from Zach Toussaint, including a 3-pointer, pushed the Buffs lead to 52 points, 85-33, with 11 minutes left in regulation. Warren would find his shooting stroke at the nine-minute mark with three 3-pointers with Kavon Booker bringing the fans to their feet with a dunk over his defender followed by his first career make from beyond the arc. Jake Gerber would finish the scoring with a layup in the final 25 seconds as WT scored over 100 points in consecutive games for the first time since last season.

Grant finished with a game-high 25 points, 21 of those coming in the opening 20 minutes, going 9-of-17 from the floor and 6-of-8 from the free throw line. Murray chipped in 19 points while Booker and Warren reached double figures for the first time in their career.

WT travels to Wichita Falls on Thursday, Nov. 14, to face Midwestern State in a non-conference showdown. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

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