Stephanie Randall Slrandall@txwes.edu

The Texas Wesleyan Men’s Basketball team competed in nine games over the Christmas holidays. The men are sitting at fourth in conference play, sixth in the nation and 11-4 midway through the season.

The break started off with two back-to-back wins. The Rams defeated Louisiana State University Shreveport 79-73 in triple overtime.

Eric Frederick, forward, led the team with 30 points and 21 rebounds. Oscar Griffin, guard, contributed 20 points and nine rebounds, and Brian Talley finished with 17 points in the win. Jazz Holman, guard, contributed five points, seven assists and 11 rebounds.

The Rams competed against Florida International University Dec. 10, finishing 72-68. Ronnie Moss led the Rams with 25 points, while Griffin added 18 points and eight rebounds. Frederick contributed 11 points and seven rebounds. Talley finished with 10 points as well. The Rams had back-to-back wins and then ended up with two losses. They were defeated 88-80 by Alabama State University and 79-58 by University of Saint Thomas.

The Rams quickly bounced back going on a four-game winning streak. The Rams headed over to New Orleans to compete in the Big East tournament and defeated Westminster College (79-75) and Dillard University (81-72).

In the game against Westminster, Frederick led the team with 26 points and 10 rebounds.

While Griffin trailed him with 21 points 7 Rebounds. Moss added 14 along with Talley’s 11.
The Rams defeated two conference teams to seal their four-game winning streak. They took

on Southwestern Assembly of God University Jan. 5 finishing with a triple digit win 102-86. Moss led the team with 34 points, six rebounds and four assists. Adding to Moss, Frederick put up 21 points and 15 rebounds. Talley contributed 12 points. Stephane Mudiay, forward, and Holman gave the Rams a boost off the bench. Mudiay contributing 11 points along with Holman

adding nine points, three rebounds and seven assists.
The Rams then took on Texas College Jan. 7 and came out with a victory finishing 83-76. Frederick led the Rams with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Talley added 21 points and seven

assists, while Moss contributed 20 points and eight rebounds. Griffin contributed 14 rebounds and scored seven points.

Closing out the break the Rams suffered from a loss to Our Lady of the Lake University finishing 120-98. Frederick led the team with 33 points, while Moss added 30.

Griffin finished with 14 points. Terry Waldrop, head coach, said the team is making improvements across the board.

“I think our chemistry is improving and we have so many new players that it just takes time for them to get to understand how to play together,” Waldrop said.

Waldrop said he thinks the players have to make a bigger commitment on the defensive and rebounding details in order for the Rams to get to where they want to go.

“I believe this team will embrace the challenge and you will start to see those things improve,” Waldrop said.

Jazz Holman, sophomore guard, said they played well over the break. “We worked hard and got it done,” Holman said.
Oscar Griffin, junior guard, said the team demonstrated a lot of progress.

“We improved a lot as a team playing defense together,” Griffin said. “Us playing together and being at the right spots, and getting the ball to the right people at the right time has improved.”

Griffin said the chemistry is getting better but some improvements can be made to reach their ultimate goals.

“We have to continue to work hard and play hard the entire game,” Griffin said.

The Rams will host the University of the Southwest at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Sid Richardson Center.

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