Stephanie Randall

 

slrandall@txwes.edu

 

The Texas Wesleyan men’s basketball team went head-to-head against the Paul Quinn College Tigers Feb. 11 at the Tigers’ home court.

 

The Rams, now ranked 13th in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, took a 72-65 win over the Tigers this past Saturday. The Rams are 20-4 overall and 15-3 in the Red River Athletic Conference.

 

The Rams’ battle with the Tigers started off with an early lead. At the beginning of the half the Rams started with intensity capping off an 11-4 run against the Tigers.

 

The Tigers quickly fired back with a 10-1 run over the Rams to put the score to a 27-20 lead over the Rams.

 

Multiple three point shots from senior guard Oscar Griffin jump started a 12-4 run at the finishing minutes of the half with a 31-30 lead over the Tigers.

 

Griffin said the game went well and the team played great together.

 

“We stuck together and played as a team and got the win,” Griffin said. “We are taking the rest of the season one game at a time. We just are trying to focus on getting better each day in practice and in the game.”

 

The first half was filled with back and forth runs by both teams, until senior Erick Frederick broke the tie of 34-34 with two free throws, closing out the half with 36-34 Ram lead.

 

At the opening of the second half the Rams continued their intensity with a 9-0 run against the Tigers, which put the Rams up and gave them extra momentum to keep the lead for the remainder of the game.

 

Brian Talley said he felt the team played well facing adversity, considering the Rams played without one of the starters, Ronnie Moss.

 

“We did well with adjusting and figuring out a way to still win the game,” Talley said. “We need to focus on defense and rebounding to do well for the rest of the season.”

 

The Rams had four players reach double-figures against the Tigers. Frederick added his 12th consecutive double-double of the season with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Griffin contributed 18 points and seven rebounds. Talley finished with 14 points. Jazz Holman dominated on all aspects of the stat sheet, finishing with 10 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals.

 

Holman, sophomore guard said the game was a great win for the Rams.

 

“We came into the game with a hard working mentality and got the win,” Holman said.

 

The Rams’ next game will be at 4 p.m. Feb. 18 against Texas College at the Sid Richardson Center.