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Wiley’s Christie hits game-winning buzzer beater in OT

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By Habtom Keleta
Special to Inside The Pew

Wiley’s Vanderis Christie has become a household name amongst the Wiley family. On Saturday he hit the game-winning free throw with .04 seconds remaining in the game to lift Wiley past Langston, and on Feb. 6 Christie hit a game winning jumper as time expired in overtime to lift the Wildcats over the Warriors of Bacone College. Christie plays with a big heart, but he is only a sophomore who was born and raised in Houston.

“We recruited him out of TSU, and he is learning how to play within the system,” said Wildcats head coach Andre S. Payne. “We played horrible in the first half but at halftime we told our guys to feed Kenny the ball because he will get us going.”

Junior post player Kenny LaGuerre finished the first half with two points and one rebound. However, in the second half the Wildcats responded to Coach Payne by feeding it to their 6 foot 9 inch tree down low. LaGuerre finished the game with 19 points, 15 boards, three blocks and two steals.

“It was ugly, but I’ll take the ‘W’ any way we can get it,” said Payne. The Wildcats have now won two games in the final second in the last three days, and have adopted the new nickname “cardiac cats.”

Sophomore Michael Evans had a strong game at the guard position as he finished it 15 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals.

Bacone’s La’Charleston Tumblin played brilliant throughout the game as he ended with 27 points and 10 rebounds, but he fouled out in overtime. Senior James Scott, who can leap with the best of them, also dominated the paint for Bacone as he finished with 21 points, six rebounds and four steals.

After losing their first home game of the season, the Lady Wildcats bounced back with a big conference victory against the Lady Warriors of Bacone College by the score of 74-58. Junior post player Chinwendu Mbah dominated all sides of the court for Wiley as she finished with 27 points, 16 boards, four blocks, three assists and two steals.

“Chin did an excellent job tonight, and she was only player who was truly focused,” said Lady Wildcats head coach Courtney G. Pruitt. “At halftime, we needed to regain our focus and energy because we are a high energy team and we didn’t show it at all in the first half.”

Monday scoreboard:


Texas Wesleyan 86, University of St. Thomas 83

Our Lady of The Lake University 106, Huston-Tillotson 84


Texas Wesleyan 55, St. Thomas 44

Our Lady of The Lake University 105, Huston-Tillotson 69


Texas Wesleyan men back in win column

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Four starters on the Texas Wesleyan University men’s basketball scored in double figures, as the Rams best Wiley, 103-95, on Jan. 30 at the Sid Richardson Center in Fort Worth.

The Rams, (16-4, 11-3) opened the game on a 22-5 run and never looked back.  The Wildcats (11-8, 7-7) did not break double figures until a three-pointer from Dominic Jones pushed the score to 28-10 with 10:44 showing on the clock. Texas Wesleyan shot 55.6 percent from the field and hit a blistering 7-of-10 from long range on their way to a 51-31 advantage at the break.

A layup from Eric Frederick early in the second half gave the Rams their largest lead at 61-35.  The margin remained at 20 points until an 8-1 Wiley run cut the lead to 12 (88-76) with 6:02 on the clock.  The Rams pushed back ahead 95-78, but the Wildcats never gave in. A 10-1 run actually made it a two-possession ballgame at 101-95 with 16 seconds to play, but it was too little too late for Wiley. Frederick knocked down a pair of free throws to ice the game at 103-95 on the Rams’ next possession.

“I thought we made a statement in the first half,” commented head coach Terry Waldrop.  “To Wiley’s credit, they never quit.  They are well coached, and they played hard.  We got back in the win column with a good effort, and now we have to get ready to go into Jarvis on Saturday.”

Frederick picked up his eighth double-double of the year with 29 points and 10 rebounds.  Ronnie Moss also finished with 29 points to go with nine assists and six rebounds.  Brian Talley added 19 points, and Oscar Griffin posted 10 in the win.  Stephane Mudiay came off the bench to score eight points and grab five rebounds.

Vanderis Chrisie led the Wildcats by going 7-for-11 from distance and finishing with 28 points.  Kenny LaGuerre posted a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.  Freddie Haynes, Richard Simon, and Dominic Jones finished with 14, 13, and 11 points respectively.

OLLU ends win streak with loss to LSU-Shreveport

Robert Martinez and Josh Orta scored 17 points each, but it wasn’t enough to shut down LSU-Shreveport on Jan. 30, as the Saints fell 83-74 to the Pilots.

The Saints played characteristically aggressive on defense, as OLLU forced LSUS to turn the ball over 28 times. The Pilots were equally rugged, forcing the Saints to turn the ball over 20 times. OLLU played most of the game without their head coach.

Greg Shyne led the Pilots with 26 points, while Aubin Young tossed in 16, Derrick Parker 12 and Cody Walker 11.

While the Saints (12-3, 14-6) ended its winning streak, the Pilots (10-3, 15-4) extended their streak to six straight.