The men’s basketball team completed their sweep of Angelo State Saturday night to secure a win for a fan, Lindsey Smith, who watched from streets of gold.
The Wildcats 82-63 victory in Moody Coliseum gives ACU a two game winning streak and means the ‘Cats have won three of their last four, and could be rounding into form for a late-season push.
Eric Lawton got the ‘Cats going early with several consecutive buckets while getting the rest of the starters in a rhythm as well, as ACU had six players finish the game in double figures.
“I just wait for my time to come,” Lawton said. “I am the point guard so I have the ball in my hands a lot, so I have to get others involved first. Coach is always telling me to get in the paint and find others because they collapse on me.”
Lawton had a game high 20 points, followed by Parker Wentz with 14, Elliott Lloyd and Cornelius Cammock with 13 each, and Dosh Simms tallied another double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
ACU scored 49 points in the first half and ran away from the Rams early, leaving Angelo State down by 17 at the intermission.
It did not get any better for the Rams in the second half, as ACU finished the game shooting 63% from the field.
“There are two bigs they have to worry about with me and Steven being able to score in the post,” Cammock said. “They can’t just double me because it leaves Steven open and they can’t double Steven because then they leave me open, so teams have to pick their poison.”
All three post players finished in double digits, finishing a combined 13-17 from the field, showing a plethora of ways to get to the cup.
“When the defense plays well behind me it makes it easier for me to score,” Cammock said. “When they play behind me, I can just attack.”
The Wildcats defense frustrated the Rams the entire game as well, holding them to just 35% shooting and prevented Angelo State to make any sort of run in the second half to narrow the gap.
The ‘Cats have forced their way into the middle of the pack in the Lone Star Conference with their recent run, and are now only one game back of fourth place and two games back of third.
The team has already won more conference games than they did all of last year, and the first post-season birth for ACU in five years could be on the horizon.
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