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Texas A&M University-Commerce vs Henderson State: coverage begins at 7 pm

By Adam Troxtell
On December 8, 2009

Be sure to join us this Saturday for live updates from the games against Abilene Christian. Women's basketball tips off at 2 p.m. for their first home game, and the men play after that. Until then, goodbye.

So that's it from the Field House. A&M-Commerce get a nice win in front of their very first home crowd of the season, 74-57. Lance Smith lead the scoring for visiting Henderson with 26 points. For the Lions, Biran Singleton's 21 points proved to be a big factor. Hunter and Jackson also scored in double digits with 10.

A&M-Commerce head coach Sam Walker on tonights game: "I felt like when we played good defense we controlled the game. When we didn't play good defense, we didn't have that intensity and allowed them to do the types of things they wanted to do. Defensively we try to make people feel uncomfortable and disrupt a little bit of timing. I thought we did that most of the game, and as we continue to get a little more consistency in what we do, we'll be a better team and we'll be able to hold on to leads a little bit better."

Leading Scorer Brian Singleton about the game: "My teammates got me open, gave me some good shots. They knew I had the hot hand at the time, so they just fed me. The home crowd was excellent. A lot of people, more than I expected, I love them. They were supportive tonight."

Final Score 74-57: That's the game, and a fairly easy one it was for A&M-Commerce. They never looked back after taking the early lead. The Lions extend their record to 6-1, this their second win in a row.

Technical foul given to A&M-Commerce freshman Preston Whitley for some unwarranted shoving after a foul on SIngleton. 68-55 with a minute and a half remaining.

Three minutes reamain, and there appears to be no way back for Henderson State. They're down by 16, 66-50. Smith has 26 of the Reddies points.

Wilkerson's foul for over the back sends Henderson State into the bonus.Smith makes the first, but not the second. 58-46 with about six minutes to go. Singleton has 19 points, still the team leader.

Singleton has checked back in, but it's Kevin Hayden who announces his prescence the loudest. He sinks his second three-point shot of the night. 54-41 Lions with just under 10 minutes to go.

Quick stats update: the Lions are still better, shooting percentage wise, but the most crucial factor could be their 45.5% accuracy from beyond the arc. Henderson are 16.7% from there.

Morgan and Hambrick are checking back in for Singleton and Jackson. 43-34 Lions lead with 13 minutes left.

A strong start to the half by Henderson State sees them only down by seven now, 39-32. Smith now has 20 points, he's been the catalyst for this come back.

The Reddies have gone on an 8-2 run to start the half. A&M-Commerce already have four team fouls within the first five minutes.

Lance Smith was fouled and is now at the line. He's been the points leader for the Reddies tonight, now with 15.

Early time-out called by a somewhat upset Coach Walker. Perhaps he just wants to calm his team down after Henderson reduced the A&M-Commerce lead to 10.

Second half is underway. Henderson State start with the ball down by 14 points.

Any thoughts about the game so far, predictions? Leave comments at the bottom and tell us what you think. Second half is about 4 minutes away.

Halftime and the Lions are out in front 37-23. Singleton is leading the way with 13 points and 2 assists. Wilkerson is leading on the defensive side of the ball with 7 rebounds and three blocks. A&M-Commerce are 5-0 when leading at the half this season.

Media time-out after a scramble for a lose ball in the corner. 33-16, A&M-Commerce well out in front. The defensive rebounding by Henderson has to be questioned, as the Lions are getting many second and third chances. They've had 11 offensive rebounds so far.

Singleton is three-for-three from beyond the 3-point line as the Lions continue to dominate.

Commanding 24-7 lead now, as A&M-Commerce has gone on a superb run with just over eight minutes in the half.

Hunter receives a technical for hanging on the rim, after the attempted pass is deflected. At the media time-out, it's 17-4, 11:32 left in the first half. Lions have been shooting 31.3% from the floor. Apparently no one can make a shot, because Henderson are shooting 16.7%.

A series of three-offensive rebounds for the Lions results in a foul on Singleton. Jackson and Hambrick have come back in, 15-4 with 13:24 left.

Dallas Hunter and Justin Wilkerson have entered the game. Wilkerson already makes an impact with a defensive rebound.

First media timeout, and Henderson has come out of the time-out flying. 11-4, Lions still lead, with 15:43 in the half.

Lions take an early lead, and Henderson takes an early time-out to calm down. 8-0 with 17:20 left in the first half.

Here we go. Morgan and L. Smith set to contest the tip-off,

Now for A&M-Commerce's starting line-up: Ronnie Morgan, Brad Hambrick, Brian SIngleton, Cardell Hunter, and Sammy Jackson. Hunter has already gotten a double-double this season, the second of his college career. Both teams out on the floor now, with tip-off coming in only a few minutes.

Starting Line-ups now. Henderson State: Lance Smith, Tommy Tillman, Kyle Oldham, Lucas Whisenhunt, and Vincent Patterson. Smith is the team leader in points with 136 for the 4-4 Reddies. They've just now hit the floor for warm-ups.

Quick facts for you: the Lions are currently 5-1 on the season, and have the best shooting percentage in the Lone Star Conference at 50.8%. Ronnie Morgan is the leading senior, he's scored 90 points and dished out 7 assists this season. Brad Hambrick is living up to his LSC Freshman of the Year title he received last season.With 64 points and 12 assists, he's become a key member for the Lions.

Welcome along. We're here at the Field House for tonight's men's basketball home opener against the Henderson State Reddies. Lineups and quick facts are coming up, so keep checking in here for more updates.

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