Wednesday, February 29, 2012

LSC Roundup 2-29

2012 LSC Basketball Championship Central

Men’s Basketball postseason awards announced - LSC Office

The 2012 LSC Basketball Championships have invaded the city of Allen, Texas. And it all gets started Wednesday with two games in the afternoon session. Here are the previews for Session 1 on the men’s side.
Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 – Session 1
Quarterfinal #1 (Noon)
(3) West Texas A&M vs. (6) Eastern New Mexico
Records: West Texas A&M 18-7 overall (12-6 in LSC) / Eastern New Mexico 14-13 overall (7-11 in LSC)
Regular season series: The team spilt the season series, playing consecutive games in mid-January as a part of Rivalry Week. The Buffaloes edged ENMU 71-68 in Canyon on Jan. 18, but the Greyhounds returned the favor with a 68-66 win on Jan. 21.
Honor Roll: (WT) West Texas A&M not only placed two players on the All-LSC 2nd team in forward Donald Sims and guard Lionel Foster, but the Buffaloes garnered a pair of post-season awards. Sims was named LSC Newcomer of the Year and guard Tez Dumars was named LSC Freshman of the Year. Guard Kennon Washington was named All-LSC honorable mention. (ENMU) Senior guard Reggie Nelson, who ranked second in the LSC in scoring at 16.2 ppg, was a first-team All-LSC selection. Senior center Curtis Wilkerson was an honorable mention pick.
About the Buffaloes: After a 6-5 start in LSC play, West Texas A&M reeled off six straight wins, including a pair of upsets over teams ranked No. 5 in the nation at the time. WT edged LSC co-champions Tarleton State and Midwestern State in a four-day span . . . The Buffaloes’ bid for seven-straight wins to cap the regular season ended with a 68-61 loss last Saturday at Cameron . . . The Buffaloes rank last in the LSC in scoring at 64.9 ppg, but make up for it defensively, holding teams to a 57.9 scoring average – second only to Tarleton State (56.9) . . . WT leads the LSC with a 7.1 rebound margin per game . . . Donald Sims ranks in the top 5 in three conference categories, including first in rebounding (9.5),seventh in scoring (14.0) and third in field goal percentage (.637).  Sims and Lionel Foster have garnered more minutes than any player in the LSC, averaging 34.4 and 34.2 minutes per game, respectively.
About the Greyhounds: Eastern New Mexico is seeking its first win in the LSC Championship since 2003 and trying to improve a 6-12 all-time record in this tournament . . . After starting the season 9-3, the Greyhounds struggled in LSC play, including losing five of the last six games . . . ENMU ranks second in the LSC in scoring at 73.3 points per game, only behind co-champion MSU (74.3 pgg) . . . The Greyhounds lead the LSC in 3-pointers, hitting 7.1 treys per game . . . Senior Reggie Nelson is the LSC’s leading 3-point shooter, hitting .435 percent of his attempts . . Nelson has six games this year with 25 points or more, including a 25-point effort in a losing cause to WT . . . Senior center Curtis Wilkinson leads the LSC in blocked shots average, swatting 1.7 per game . . . Wilkinson had a 20-rebound game against Incarnate Word in January.
Quarterfinal #2 (2:30 p.m.)
(2) Tarleton State vs. (7) Texas A&M-Kingsville
Records: Tarleton State 24-4 overall (15-3 in LSC) / Texas A&M Kingsville 12-15 overall (7-11 in LSC)
Regular season series: Tarleton swept the season series over the Javelinas with a 72-70 road win on Dec. 7 in Kingsville, followed by a 63-52 win on Feb. 1 in Stephenville.
Honor Roll: (TSU) Senior forward Fabian Wilson was a first-team All-LSC selection. Senior guard Chris Harrell picked up an All-LSC second-team selection. (TAMUK) Junior guard Ashton Brown and senior forward Robert Williams were both picked as All-LSC honorable mention.
About the Texans: TSU racked up 17 straight wins in the middle of the season, including the first 11 conference games . . . The Texans were 18-1 at home this season at Wisdom Gym in Stephenville . . .Senior forward Fabian Wilson ranks in the Top 10 in several categories. Wilson is 10th in scoring (13.3), third in rebounding (7.0), seventh in field goal percentage (.528) and seventh in blocked shots (0.9). . . Tarleton is the LSC’s No. 1 scoring defense, allowing teams to score just 56.9 points per game . . . TSU also leads the conference in scoring margin, at +12.9 . . .
About the Javelinas: Kingsville returns to action after a 10-day layoff. The regular season ended on Feb. 19 against ACU . . . Junior guard Ashton Brown in the nation’s leader in free throw percentage at .961 percent, making 124 of 129 charity tosses, including 42 straight during the regular season . . . Brown has helped Kingsville become the LSC’s top free-throw shooting team at .724 . . . The Javelinas are the worst team in the LSC in rebounding, with a -2.1 margin . . . Brown and Robert Williams rank fifth and sixth in the LSC in scoring at 14.5 and 14.2 points per game, respectively . . . Junior guard Ryan Layssard is third in the LSC in assists at 3.8 apg . . . Falling behind in games hasn’t been good to the Javelinas, who are just 2-10 in games they’ve trailed at halftime.

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