Buffs Basketball Fall to Cameron 58-63

CANYON, Texas – The Buffaloes of West Texas A&M suffered another heartbreaking Lone Star Conference defeat on Saturday night as they fell to the visiting Aggies of Cameron University, 63-58 at the First United Bank Center in Canyon, Texas. The loss drops the Buffs to 10-13 (2-9 LSC) on the season while the Aggies improve to 10-12 (4-7 LSC).
The game started off with the two teams trading buckets early as the Aggies stretched their lead to as much as four points before the Buffs responded to cut the Cameron lead to 14-13 heading into the under-12 minute media timeout with 11:43 remaining, the Aggies responded with a run of their own as they ran their lead to 18-13 before back-to-back layups by Drimir Ferguson and David Gibbs before an Aggies long ball send the teams into the under-eight minute media timeout with 7:32 left and Cameron leading 21-17.
The Aggies added another bucket while WT's scoring drought ran to almost four minutes before a David Duncan free throw cut the CU lead to 23-18, the Aggies answered once again with a layup but Miles Gatewood turned the momentum with a block on a CU layup that led to a Gibbs bucket to make it 25-20 before Keon Pledger extended the WT run with a jumper with a minute left. The Aggies continued their scoring drought but a Tez Dumars three at the buzzer couldn't find the bottom of the net as Cameron took the 25-22 lead into the locker room for halftime.
The Buffs were led at the break by Gibbs with seven points and five assists followed by Gatewood with five points and Ferguson with three. West Texas A&M went 9-of-22 from the floor in the opening half including 2-of-7 from deep and 2-of-7 from the charity stripe to shoot 40.9% with 17 rebounds, three assists and 10 turnovers to go along with four blocks and one steal.
The second half saw the Aggies come out swinging as they went on a 7-0 run to extend their lead to 33-24 as the Buffs were forced to call a timeout with 17:15 left, the Aggies stretched their run to 11-0 before Gibbs nailed a long ball to make it 37-27 heading into the first media timeout of the half. The Aggies continued their hot shooting after the timeout as they ran their lead to 43-30 before a Dumars three point play gave WT their sixth straight point of the contest to head into the under-12 minute media timeout with 11:47 left and the Aggies leading 45-37.
Dumars connected on another layup after the break to continue the WT run followed by a pair of Pledger free throws to make it 45-41, Ball continued the run with layup of his own as the teams headed into the under-eight minute media timeout with the Aggies leading 45-43 with 7:45 remaining in the game. Cameron nailed a pair of freebies at the free throw line after the break followed by Ferguson finding Pledger for the layup to force a WT timeout with the Aggies leading47-45 with 6:46 left.
The Aggies answered with a run of their own after the break as they scored 10 straight points to run their lead to 59-47 with 4:07 left, the Buffs cut the lead to single digits on a Gatewood three before the teams traded free throws during the next few minutes as WT got to within five points at 60-55 with under a minute left but the Aggies used the charity stripe to pull off the 63-58 win.
The Buffs were led offensively by Gibbs with 13 points and seven rebounds followed by Pledger and Ferguson with 11 each while Dumars scored 10 with Ball leading the way defensively with 11 rebounds. West Texas A&M went 22-of-50 from the floor including 6-of-14 from deep and 8-of-20 from the free throw line to shoot 44.0% with 33 rebounds, 10 assists and 16 turnovers to go along with five blocks and three steals in the game.
The Aggies were led by LSC Preseason Player of the Year Craig Foster with a game high 23 points and five assists followed by Will Cook with 13 points and seven rebounds in the win. Cameron went 24-of-52 from the field including 5-of-13 from deep and 10-of-18 from the charity stripe to shoot 46.2% on the night with 35 rebounds, 12 assists and 11 turnovers to go along with two blocks and nine steals.
The Buffs return to action on Wednesday as they travel to Stephenville, Texas for a matchup with the #4 Texans of Tarleton State at Wisdom Gym with tipoff set for 8 p.m. 

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