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Newman Jets Rally Late To Edge UAFS Nationally-Ranked Lions
« on: February 01, 2018, 09:32:38 am »

hree players scored in double-figures for UAFS but that wasn't enough for the nationally-ranked Lions as the Newman Jets used a strong second-half effort to beat the Lions 73-64 in Heartland Conference play on Wednesday night at Fugate Gymnasium in Wichita, Kan.

The loss snapped the Lions' four-game winning streak and forced a split in their regular-season series with the Jets. UAFS (18-4, 7-4), which is ranked No. 15 in the latest NABC Division II Top 25 and No. 22 in the latest D2SIDA Top 25, is now in a four-way tie for second in the conference with Newman (10-11, 6-4), Rogers State (14-7, 5-4) and Lubbock Christian (9-11, 5-4).

All are now two-games behind conference leader and No. 18/19-ranked Dallas Baptist, which beat Rogers State 59-57 on Wednesday night to extend its conference lead. UAFS will host Dallas Baptist at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Stubblefield Center.

UAFS shot a sizzling 53 percent from the field in the first half (17 of 32) in building a comfy nine-point, halftime lead (41-32). Newman, though, held UAFS to just 31-percent shooting in the second half the Lions were only 9-of-29 shooting from the field and erased its deficit on the strength of a 52-percent shooting effort of its own from the field (13 of 25), including a 5-of-10 shooting effort from 3-point range.

The Lions shot 43 percent from the field for the game (26 of 61) they were 6-of-24 shooting from 3-point range and shot 75 percent from the free-throw line (6 of 8 ). Senior guard DaVaunta Thomas scored a team-high 18 points, while senior guard Darrion Strong-Moore had 15 and senior guard Ladarius Coleman had 14.

Coleman, who is the reigning Conference Player of the Week, topped off his double-double with 10 rebounds, helping the Lions edge the Jets by two rebounds (36-34). UAFS collected 11 offensive rebounds that led to 12 second-chance points.

Newman forced 12 UAFS turnovers, however, which the Jets turned into 20 points.

The Jets shot 43 percent from the field for the game (23 of 54) they were 9-of-28 shooting from 3-point range and shot 86 percent from the free-throw line (18 of 21). Junior guard Dametrius Walker scored a team-high 27 points off the bench he made four of the Jets' nine 3-pointers while junior guard Ben Ayre had 19 points, including three 3-pointers. Senior guard Damien Akao had 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

Junior forward Tim Troussel had seven rebounds to lead the Jets.
 
 
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NEWMAN 73, NO. 15/22 UAFS 64
UAFS              41        23        --          64
Newman          32        41        --          73
UAFS (18-4, 7-4): Thomas 18, Strong-Moore 15, Coleman 14, Elder 7, Dandridge 2, Glapion 2, Hawley 2, Crawford 2, Wallace 2
Newman (10-11, 6-4): Walker 27, Ayre 19, Akao 12, Sands 7, Troussel 4, Goldfinch 2, Bryant 2

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