Buffs move to 8-0 on season

No. 5 West Texas A&M improved to 8-0 for the second time under head coach Tom Brown with a 120-70 victory over University of the Southwest on Saturday in the final game of the WT Pak-A-Sak Thanksgiving Classic at the First United Bank Center. Five Buffs reached double figures including a career-high 14 for senior Eric Mosley as the Buffs won their 31st straight game at home, passing Tennessee for the longest current home win streak in NCAA men's basketball.

Mosley paced the Buffs offense out of the gate as the senior scored the first five points for the Buffs including a 3-pointer on their first possession. Trailing 11-8 at the first media timeout, WT responded with a 6-0 run with four of those coming from Qua Grant.

Mosley continued to feel it from deep with another 3-pointer at 11:19 to spark a 6-0 run to push the lead to seven, 25-18. The teams traded baskets over the next five minutes until a contest layup from Grant at 6:21 pushed the lead to double digits for the first time, 41-30. The Buffs would make it a 21-point game, 55-34, at halftime after holding the Mustangs without a basket for the final 3:43.

Much like they did against Oklahoma Panhandle State on Friday evening, the Buffs had a strong start to the second half with a 19-6 run highlighted by eight points from Jon'il Fugett including a pair of 3-pointers. The lead remained in the 30's until the final eight minutes of the game when WT went on another run. Zach Toussaint once again sparked the run with a pair of 3-pointers and Jake Gerber added a layup as WT lead 100-58 with less than seven minutes remaining in the game.

The lead continued to grow as Hayden Blankley scored seven straight points before Kavon Booker put his defender on a poster with a one-handed slam. Blankely would hit two more 3-pointers before the end of the night with Gerber also connecting for the first time beyond the arc.

Grant finished two points shy of his career-high with 27 points going 9-of-17 from the floor, 2-of-5 from 3-point range and a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line. Mosley had a career-high 14 points including a career-high four makes from 3-piont range while Murray, Fugett and Blankley all reached double figures. Derrick Geddis finished with a team-high seven rebounds to go along with seven points.

WT finishes its four-game homestand on Friday, Nov. 6, when they host Oklahoma City on Education Day. Tipoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the FUBC.

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