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Wayne Stewart named Under Armour Student-Athlete of the Week.

COMMERCE – Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s basketball standout Wayne Stewart has been named the Under Armour Student-Athlete of the Week by Lion Athletics. 

Stewart – a senior from Philadelphia, Pa. – led the Lions with a career-high 25 points in an 80-69 win over UT Tyler on Saturday. He also had eight rebounds and two blocks in 25 minutes of action. On the same day, Stewart graduated from A&M-Commerce with his bachelor’s degree.

In Monday’s 91-89 overtime upset of No. 11 Missouri Southern on Education Day presented by Alliance Bank, Stewart scored 19 points with five rebounds. For the season, he is averaging 15.3 points, and 5.8 rebounds per game as the Lions are 6-3 overall and 2-1 in the Lone Star Conference. Stewart and the Lions close out the 2019 calendar year with LSC games at No. 10 DBU and Tarleton this weekend.

The Under Armour Student-Athlete of the Week will be awarded by Lion Athletics each week during the academic year.  

2019-20 UNDER ARMOUR STUDENT-ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Sept. 10 – Timon Kemboi, Men’s Cross Country

Sept. 17 – E.J. Thompson, Football

Sept. 24 – Cora Welch, Soccer

Oct. 1 – Sydney Andersen, Volleyball

Oct. 8 – Brandi Stalder, Women’s Cross Country

Oct. 15 – Dominique Ramsey, Football

Oct. 22 – Shelley Chapron, Volleyball

Oct. 29 – Miklo Smalls, Football

Nov. 5 – Leslie Campuzano, Soccer

Nov. 12 – Dyani Robinson, Women’s Basketball

Nov. 27 – Alexis Bryant, Women’s Basketball & Alex Shillow, Football

Dec. 4 – Preston Wheeler & Elijah Earls, Football

Dec. 13 – Malcolm Woods, Men’s Track & Field

Dec. 18 – Wayne Stewart, Men’s Basketball

Ramsey & Simon honored as Associated Press All-Americans

Ramsey repeats as first-team All-American

COMMERCE – Texas A&M University-Commerce has had two football players named Division II All-Americans by the Associated Press, as announced Wednesday. 

Junior safety and return specialist Dominique Ramsey has repeated as a First Team AP All-American as an all-purpose player, while junior offensive tackle Amon Simon was named a Second Team AP All-American. 

Ramsey – a redshirt junior from Converse (Judson) – earns his second career All-American honor. The Cliff Harris Award nominee has also been named to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football All-Texas small college team and has earned First Team All-Super Region Four honors from the Division II Conference Commissioners Association as both a safety and return specialist. 

He earned LSC Special Teams Player of the Week honors twice in 2019, ranking second in the nation in kickoff return average at 37.5 yards per return, and second in the LSC and ninth in the nation in punt return average at 14.7 yards per return. His return prowess has seen teams kick away from him insomuch as he did not return a kickoff in the last three games of the regular season. He also had 39 tackles, three interceptions, two pass breakups, and two tackles for loss on defense. 

Simon – a redshirt junior from Humble (Atascocita) – earns his first career All-American honor. He has been named to the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football All-Texas small college team. He has earned First Team All-Super Region Four honors from the Division II Conference Commissioners Association. In 2019, he earned Lone Star Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year and First Team All-LSC honors at offensive tackle. He blocked for an offense that averaged 407.9 yards and 36.1 points per game during the regular season. 

2019 ASSOCIATED PRESS DIVISION II FOOTBALL ALL-AMERICANS 

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Roland Rivers III, senior, Slippery Rock.

Running backs — Nate Gunn, senior, Minnesota State; Jaleel McLaughlin, sophomore, Notre Dame (Ohio).

Linemen — Tyler Allison, senior, Ferris State; Evan Heim, senior

Minnesota State; Chris Larsen, senior, Slippery Rock; Jason Poe, junior, Lenoir-Rhyne; Grant Stewart, senior, Colorado School of Mines.

Tight end — Zach Davidson, junior, Central Missouri

Receivers — Zimari Manning, senior, Tarleton; Shane Zylstra, senior, Minnesota State.

All-purpose player — Dominique Ramsey, junior, Texas A&M-Commerce.

Kicker — Dante Brown, senior, Fort Hays State.

DEFENSE

Linemen — Jaquan Artis, senior, Lenoir-Rhyne; Austin Edwards, senior, Ferris State; Chris Garrett, junior, Concordia-St. Paul; B.J. Jefferson, senior, Tarleton.

Linebackers — Chris Hoad, senior, UT Permian Basin; Rondrow Peebles, junior, Carson-Newman; Drew Seers, junior, Lindenwood.

Secondary — Nick Ciccio, sophomore, Colorado Mesa; Christopher Jefferson, sophomore, Findlay; Lamont McPhatter II, senior, California (Pa.); Prince Robinson, senior, Tarleton.

Punter — Isaac Parks., junior, UNC Pembroke. 

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Brook Bolles, senior, Central Missouri.

Running backs — Daniel McCants, senior, Tarleton; Al McKeller, junior, Indianapolis.

Linemen — Jeff Arnold, senior, Indiana (Pa.); Cori Gooseberry, senior, Ouachita Baptist; Brandon Kemp, senior, Valdosta State; Adonis Sealey, senior, Valdosta State; Amon Simon, junior, Texas A&M-Commerce

Tight end — Jack Pilkerton, senior, Kutztown.

Receivers — Henry Litwin, junior, Slippery Rock; Shae Wyatt, junior, Central Missouri.

All-purpose player — Tobias Harris, sophomore, West Texas A&M

Kicker — Jordan Walters, senior, East Stroudsburg.

DEFENSE

Linemen — Chauncy Haney, senior, North Greenville; Chad Kuhn, junior, Slippery Rock; Spencer Phillips, senior, Northwest Missouri State; Sha’haun Williams, senior, Notre Dame (Ohio).

Linebackers — Damon Lloyd, senior, Indiana (Pa.); Maurice Wright, Jr., senior, Northwestern Oklahoma State; Brad Zaffram, senior, Slippery Rock.

Secondary — James Caesar, senior, Ferris State; Desmond Fairell, senior, Carson-Newman; Michael Junker, senior, Bemidji State; Daryus Skinner, senior, Winston-Salem State.

Punter — JoseLuis Moreno, senior, Minot State.

Lions ranked 8th in latest WBCA poll, hold at 7th in D2SIDA poll.

COMMERCE – The Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s basketball team continued its ascent of the national rankings, ranking eighth in this week’s Women’s Basketball Coaches Association poll. The Lions were ranked 10th last week. Also, the Lions are seventh in the Division II Sports Information Directors of America poll, holding their position from last week. 

The national ranking is the highest WBCA rank for the Lions in program history. The Lions have been nationally ranked 11 times in the WBCA poll, seven weeks in a row from 2007-08, and now four weeks in a row this season. 

The Lions are currently 9-0, their best start in program history and the nine consecutive wins is also a record for the team under head coach Jason Burton. The Lions continued their smothering defense last week as they defeated UT Tyler 71-38 as they returned to Lone Star Conference action. The scoring output tied the team’s lowest allowed points in a conference game in program history. The Lions are currently the sixth-ranked defense in all of Division II, holding sides to 50.1 points per game. The team also ranks 13th in scoring margin, and 25th in turnover margin. The Lions lead the LSC in scoring margin and scoring defense and rank third in scoring offense. 

The Lions are one of two teams in the LSC in the national rankings. Lubbock Christian, the defending national champions, held their ranking as No. 2 in the nation. The Lions and the Lady Chaps are the only undefeated teams in the LSC. 

The No. 8 Lions return to the court on Thursday in their final week of action during the 2019 calendar year. The Lions will face Texas Woman’s at 7 p.m. at Kitty Magee Arena in Denton. The Lions will then face Tarleton at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Wisdom Gym in Stephenville.

WBCA Coaches’ Poll – December 17, 2019

 Rk.  School (Record)  Pts.  1st  Prev.
 1  Drury (8-0)  563  13  1
 2  Lubbock Christian (9-0)  558  10  2
 3  Grand Valley State (9-0)  531  0  3
 4  Ashland (8-0)  502  0  4
 5  Lee (TN) (11-0)  477  0  5
 6  Saint Anselm (7-0)  460  0  6
 7  Virginia Union (7-1)  411  0  9
 8  Texas A&M-Commerce (9-0)  391  0  10
 9  California (PA) (7-1)  385  0  11
 10  Alaska Anchorage (9-1)  345  0  12
 11  Indiana (PA) (8-1)  317  0  13
 12  Westminster (UT) (10-1)  272  0  17
 13  North Georgia (8-1)  271  0  14
 14  Hawaii Pacific (8-1)  245  0  20
 15  Adelphi (11-0)  220  0  21
 16  Fort Hays State (7-2)  201  0  19
 17  Azusa Pacific (7-2)  190  0  8
 18  Sioux Falls (9-2)  168  0  7
 19  Anderson (SC) (8-2)  129  0  15
 20  Emporia State (7-2)  119  0  23
 21  Southwestern Oklahoma State (8-2)  110  0  25
 22  UC San Diego (6-2)  101  0  22
 23  Bowie State (9-0)  74  0  NR
 24  Cal State San Marcos (8-1)  62  0  NR
 25  Lindenwood (5-0)  61  0  NR

D2SIDA Media Poll – December 17, 2019

 Rk.  School (1st)  Record   Pts.  Prev.
 1  Lubbock Christian (14)  9-0  396  1
 2  Drury (2)  8-0  386  2
 3  Grand Valley  9-0  365  3
 4  Saint Anselm  7-0  345  4
 5  Lee  11-0  342  5
 6  Ashland  8-0  311  6
 7  Texas A&M-Commerce  9-0  302  7
 8  Virginia Union  7-1  284  9
 9  Adelphi  11-0  262  11
 10  Hawaii Pacific  8-1  250  10
 11  Cal U  7-1  245  11
 12  North Georgia  8-1  225  14
 13  Alaska Anchorage  9-1  210  15
 14  Westminster  10-1  166  21
 15  Kentucky Wesleyan  10-0  147  20
 16  Cal State San Marcos  8-1  127  23
 17  Central Oklahoma  8-2  124  RV
 18  Bowie State  9-0  123  RV
 19  Catawba  8-0  111  RV
 20  Union  9-2  107  25
 21  St. Thomas Aquinas  9-1  90  24
 22  IUP  8-1  81  16
 23  MSU-Moorhead  9-3  43  22
 24  West Texas A&M  9-3  33  19
 25  Delta State  7-1  27  RV

 

 

Dominique Ramsey nominated for Cliff Harris Award.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Texas A&M University-Commerce safety and return specialist Dominique Ramsey has been honored as a nominee for the Cliff Harris Award, as announced by the Little Rock Touchdown Club. The award is presented annually to the top defensive player in small college football.

Ramsey (Converse – Judson) has been named to the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football All-Texas small college team and has earned First Team All-Super Region Four honors from the Division II Conference Commissioners Association as both a safety and return specialist. He earned LSC Special Teams Player of the Week honors twice in 2019, ranking second in the nation in kickoff return average at 37.5 yards per return, and second in the LSC and ninth in the nation in punt return average at 14.7 yards per return. His return prowess has seen teams kick away from him insomuch as Ramsey did not return a kickoff in the last three games of the regular season. He also had 39 tackles, three interceptions, two pass breakups, and two tackles for loss on defense.

It is the seventh year of the Cliff Harris Award’s presentation. Announcement of the finalists will be in the coming days, and an overall winner will be announced on December 23 and honored at the Little Rock Touchdown Club’s annual awards banquet on January 9, 2020. The winner will receive the $3,000 Cliff Harris Award trophy presented by Cliff Harris. In addition to the overall winner, the top vote-getters from each division announced also. A prestigious group of former college and pro football greats serve on the Cliff Harris Award Committee.

Lions defeat No. 11 Missouri Southern in an overtime thriller on Education Day pres. by Alliance Bank

COMMERCE – The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s basketball team overcame a 12-point second-half deficit. They used clutch shooting down the stretch to earn a 91-89 overtime win over No. 11 Missouri Southern State in the Field House on Monday afternoon. The game was in front of over 1,600 schoolchildren on Education Day presented by Alliance Bank. 

The victory is A&M-Commerce’s fourth in a row and puts the overall record at 6-3 overall with two more games before the holiday break. Missouri Southern falls to 7-2 overall. It also marks A&M-Commerce’s second win over a top 15 team this season. 

A&M-Commerce next plays on Thursday night, returning to Lone Star Conference play at nationally-ranked Dallas Baptist at 7:00 pm. 

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– A&M-Commerce shot 47.1 percent from the field (33-of-70) and a critical 87.5 percent (14-of-16) from the free-throw line. Missouri Southern shot 44.2 percent (34-of-77) and made 11-of-20 (55.0 percent) of its free throws.

– Deon Barrett (Lancaster) led all scorers with 29 points, including five three-pointers. He grabbed six rebounds and passed out five assists with no turnovers. He went 8-of-10 from the free-throw line, with three crucial free throws at the end of regulation.

– Deonta Terrell (Chicago, Ill.) scored 21 points with seven rebounds and six assists.

– Wayne Stewart (Philadelphia, Pa.) netted 19 points with five rebounds.

– There were eight lead changes and ten ties in the game, and A&M-Commerce led for 8:36 of action, while MSSU was ahead for 30:28. 

HEAD COACH JARET von ROSENBERG AFTER THE GAME

 On making big shots at big times: “Guys made plays, guys made big free throws. Guys scored without time coming off the clock. Everyone was looking at Deon at the end of regulation. And then Leo [Lara], the play broke down, but we wanted to shoot late like that. We wanted to leave as little time as possible, whether we made it or missed it. And he was able to make two.”

On getting contributions from all over the lineup: “What a game from our guys. We had contributions from all over. Josh Winbush played five and a half minutes, but he iced the game by having a tip on the final inbound pass. We told him to be active with his hands, and he was able to get a hand on the ball, and the time expired before they could attempt anything.”

On the play of Deon Barrett: “What I see from this stat sheet is this was a point guard with the ball in his hands, who played 44 minutes and didn’t turn the ball over one time. When the ball is in his hands, he gives us a chance to win. He’s played so consistently and so tough. When you need to make a shot, he can get a shot or get to the rim or the foul line.”

HOW IT HAPPENED

It was a defensive battle right from the start as each team struggled to find open shots. A&M-Commerce was able to capitalize on a pair of early threes to lead 6-2. The teams, evenly matched to begin, as they traded baskets early. Midway through the half, the game tied at 13. 

Shooting struggles mixed with high defensive execution from MSSU caused the Lions to start falling behind. Good ball movement from MSSU helped the visitors find open shots, leading to a pair of threes. With eight minutes left, MSSU led 24-17. 

The home Lions answered back with a few threes of their own. Terrell and Barrett each had triples as the Lions went on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 27-all with five minutes left. For the next three minutes, the teams traded baskets and stops, as the game tied at 37-all with two minutes left. A&M-Commerce went cold to close the half, as MSSU led 41-37 at halftime. Barrett led A&M-Commerce with 14 points in the first half.

Southern quickly extended its halftime lead out to 10 points in the first three minutes of the second half with an 8-2 run. A&M-Commerce would continually battle back to with five points over the next few minutes, but the guests kept pulling away and took a 68-56 lead with 7:15 left in regulation.

A&M-Commerce rattled off ten straight points to get back in the game. Stewart scored five consecutive points with a three-pointer and a pair of free throws. Terrell made a basket in the paint, and Stewart drained another triple and cut the lead to 68-66 with 5:06 on the regulation clock. Terrell’s three-pointer at the 3:52 mark tied the game up at 71-all.

MSSU pushed out to a 79-73 lead with 2:07 to go on consecutive three-pointers, and the guests’ lead was at five points with a minute to play. Stewart hit a layup to cut the lead to three, and Missouri Southern missed the front end of a one-and-one. Barrett drove down the court on the final possession. After the Lions worked the ball around for the final shot, Barrett received a foul in the act of shooting a three at the buzzer. With no time on the clock, Barrett drained all three free throws to push the game to overtime.

The visitors scored the first four points of the extra period, forcing the home side to come back once again. The difference stood at 89-86 in MSSU’s favor with a minute left on the clock, and Barrett drained a triple with 48 seconds to play to tie the game. Missouri Southern was fouled on the next possession but missed both free throws to give A&M-Commerce a chance to win with the final shot. Leo Lara (Santa Rosa) drove towards the basket and received a foul with 2.0 seconds on the clock. He canned both free throws to give the Lions the 91-89 lead. MSSU’s inbound pass became tipped, and the home side pulled off the comeback win.