Stephanie Randall

 

slrandall@txwes.edu

 

The Texas Wesleyan men’s basketball team won Feb. 18 against Texas College finishing with a score of 79-71.

 

This win secures the Rams’ record of 21-5 overall and 16-4 in the Red River Athletic Conference with four games left in the regular season.

 

Ryan Glanzer, senior guard, said the team played a really good game.

 

“Texas College is a really tough team,” Glanzer said.

 

Glanzer said with Ronnie Moss being unable to play, quite a few players stepped up to the plate.

 

“Oscar stepped up and played hard, and Eric played really well as well,” Glanzer said. “It was really a contribution from every one, and it was a good team win.”

 

The game started off slow as Eric Frederick, senior forward, quickly gained two fouls in the early minutes of the half.

 

Oscar Griffin, junior guard, stepped up his game and contributed three, three-point shots to hold the Steers from gaining the lead.

 

Griffin said the win was a great team effort and a good bounce back win.

 

“We came out with something to prove, and we accomplished exactly what we needed to accomplish,” Griffin said.

 

The Rams stepped up their defense and kept the Steers to a low-scoring half, but a couple of quick points from the Steers put them in the lead.

 

Jazz Holman, sophomore guard, fired back at the Steers, with an easy layup to tie the game at 35-35 at the half.

 

The Steers started the second half with more intensity than before. The Steers gained back-to-back points until Holman and Brian Talley, junior guard, contributed threes to jump start an 11-0 run over the Steers.

 

The Rams continued to increase the lead, but the Steers did not go down without a fight.

 

The Steers scored eight straight points to cut the Rams lead down to five. With four minutes left, Eric Frederick, senor forward, fouled out leaving the Rams to fend for themselves.

 

The Rams stepped up their game and knocked down 11 of 12 from the free throw line, holding the Steers with seconds left in the half.

 

Key plays by Stephane Mudiay, senior forward, put the Rams up 77-71, and Talley sealed the deal with two free throws. The final score was 79-71.

 

Mudiay said the Rams played well as a team and came out with a strong win.

 

“We played with high energy after the loss to Wiley. It was a wakeup call for us,” Mudiay said. “It pushed us to really bounce back against Texas College and showed what we can achieve if we play together.”

 

Five players for the Rams reached double-figures against the Steers. Frederick contributed with 17 points.

 

Griffin put up numbers with 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. Holman added 13 points. Mudiay finished with 12 points along with Talley’s 11.

 

The Rams will take on Our Lady of the Lake at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Sid Richardson Center.