By Jacob Trimmer
Inside The Pew
A five-game winning streak by Texas Wesleyan University’s men’s basketball team meant very little to the Wiley Wildcats. But, home court and the absence of one of the Rams’ targets did matter.
The Wildcats played consistent ball, took advantage of Ram miscues and held on to defeat Texas Wesleyan, 80-67, at Alumni Gym in Marshall on Feb. 16.
Senior guard Ronnie Moss, the nation’s fifth leading scorer, has left a gaping hole in the Rams’ game. For two consecutive home games,
No. 12 ranked Texas Wesleyan (20-5, 15-4) has struggled to fill the 22.8 points per game Moss contributes to the squad’s success.
Wiley (17-8, 13-7) got away quickly in the first half as the Rams struggled to hold onto the ball. Wiley outscored Texas Wesleyan 23-5 over an eight-minute period to take a 33-14 lead. Sixteen Texas Wesleyan turnovers in the period led to a 20-7 Wildcat advantage in points off of turnovers, and Wiley went to the locker room with a healthy 46-25 lead.
Wildcat center Kenny LaGuerre finished the game with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Richard Simon added 14 points in the win.
Hardin-Simmons 94, Sul-Ross State 74
Our Lady of the Lake 130, Bacone (Okla.) 75
Our Lady of the Lake 91, Bacone (Okla.) 64
Texas Wesleyan 78, Wiley 71
Hardin-Simmons 81, Sul-Ross State 53