Stephanie Randall
Slrandall@txwes.edu
Currently sitting at second in the Red River Athletic Conference, the Texas Wesleyan men’s basketball team have a 9-2 record half way through the season. The Rams have a 14-3 record overall and are ranked 13th in the nation.The Rams came head-to-head with two conference teams this past week. Coming out with a win against Langston University Jan. 21, the Rams closed out a close 79-69 win. The Rams jumped right out at the start of the game with a 13-0 run against the Lions.The game had back-to-back runs on both ends of the court making the game very close.With multiple double-digit runs, the Rams stayed on top at the half finishing 41-23. At the beginning of the second half the Rams jumped the lead to 20 points and were secure for the remainder of the game.The Rams hit 12 free throws in a row securing an edge on the Lions.Eric Frederick led with 28 points and 15 rebounds. Ronnie Moss finished with 24 points and eight rebounds.On Jan. 19 before playing Langston University, the Rams faced off with the University of the Southwest finishing with a triple digit win with a score of 105-79. The Rams ran the first half being up 20 points for most of the half. The mustangs tried to fire back at the Rams, but the Rams held their ground finishing up 43-34 at the half.The Rams came into the second half with intensity going on an 11-0 point run against the mustangs.Ronnie Moss, senior guard, contributed eight points out of that run right out the gate of the second half. The Rams kept up their intensity and captivated for the entire second half to seal the deal with a 32-point advantage over the mustangs. The Rams dominated on offense and defense, having multiple players hold double figure numbers. Eric Frederick led the team with 30 points and eight rebounds.Ronnie Moss added 24 points and eight assists.Chris Britt-Black contributed 15 .Oscar Griffin closed it out with 12 and Stephane Mudiay pitched in 10 rebounds Jazz Holman came off the bench firing with 11 points, six rebounds and five steals in the win.Head coach Terry Waldrop said the Rams beat a very improved Langston team on the road. “I think this team is improving and we are starting to understand what it takes to compete for a championship,” Waldrop said.Waldrop said their goals are still the same. “The goal is to win our 5th consecutive RRAC Title, and make a run at a national championship in Kansas City,” Waldrop said. “Both are still in our sights and we will see how it all plays out.” Eric Frederick, senior forward said they played well against both teams.“We play a lot better in certain parts of the game,” Frederick said.Frederick said the Rams have been playing well together and have made improvements to defense.“We have been doing better but to win a championship we need better all around defense,” Frederick said. Frederick said the team’s goals for this year is to win conference title and a national championship.“It all depends on our defense whether we win the conference title and national championship,” Frederick said.Chris Britt-Black, senior forward said he feels really good about the games and the team played great together. “We won and we were able to play through adversity,” Britt-Black said.He said the team has to come out strong from now on.“We have to lock up on defense and rebound in order to dominate on both ends,” Britt-Black said.The Rams next game will go against Langston one more time at 7:30 p.m. Jan 23 at the Sid Richardson Center.