Buffs win 30th straight home game

No. 5 West Texas A&M defeated Oklahoma Panhandle State 124-70 on the opening day of the WT Pak-A-Sak Thanksgiving for their program record 30 straight win at the First United Bank Center. They break the previous record set from 2015-18 while their 124 points is the most since Nov. 18, 1994.

The duo of Joel Murray and Qua Grant carried the Buffs in the opening minutes as they lead by seven, 16-9, at the first media timeout of the game. Murray connected on the first of his six 3-pointers following an offensive rebound from Derrick Geddis followed by a three from Jon'il Fugett. Grant would score seven straight points at one point including a 3-point play the old-fashioned way. The Aggies would get as close as five, 20-15, with just 13 minutes remaining before the Buffs pushed it 14, 30-16, following a 10-1 run that last a little more than two minutes.

Hayden Blankley provided a spark off the bench in the first half with five points and three rebounds including a 3-pointer at 5:42 to push the lead to 20, 39-22, with 5:42 remaining in the first half. The Buffs would go the final 2:54 without a basket for a 49-34 halftime lead.

The Buffs came out as a different team in the second half with a 19-3 run in the opening four minutes to push the lead to 31, 68-37. OPSU would score on a Maurice Waters jumper at 18:56 followed by an onslaught from WT beginning with a three from Murray followed by an old-fashioned 3-point play from Eric Mosley. A steal from Grant led to another an easy basket with Murray hitting another one from downtown.

The lead continued to grow as Fugett, Murray, Jordan Collins and JT Warren all connecting from downtown over the next two minutes to push the lead over 50 points, 92-41, at 12:34. The lead remained above 40 points before Zach Toussaint took over making a four straight from 3-point range with less than four minutes left in the game. Jake Gerber and Warren would finish the scoring for the Buffs from the free throw line as they won their 10th straight over the Aggies.

Murray finished with a career-high 28 points going 11-of-15 from the floor and 6-of-10 from 3-point range in 22 minutes. Grant went for 21 points and 10 rebounds for his second double of the season and fourth of his career. Fugett, Toussaint and Blankley also reached double figures in the win.

WT hosts the University of Southwest on Saturday, Nov. 30, on the final day of the WT Pak-A-Sak Thanksgiving Classic. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the First United Bank Center.

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