WAC Wednesday Was WACky With Wild Results
WAC Wednesday was crazy!
You can’t deny that.
When it came to WAC on Wednesday, there was a winless team in the league. At the end of WAC Wednesday, that statement can no longer be made. Road teams had their way on WAC Wednesday, particularly in the case of ACU. Sam Houston almost escaped disaster in south Texas. And as you saw, to end the evening, Southern Utah was extremely lucky to escape Riverside with a win.
Oh, this wild and crazy league! It never disappoints.
Sam Houston 67, UTRGV 65
The Sam Houston Bearkats count their blessings Thursday morning. That’s because Cam Huefner caught a shot that saved the Bearkats from disaster on WAC Wednesday in Edinburgh.
After Justin Johnson’s 3-pointer with 30 seconds to level the game, Sam Houston earned final possession.
After a timeout from Jason Hooten, Huefner hit the biggest shot of the game. Just listen to the Bearkats’ voice, Carlos Zimmerman, and call.
It’s better if the Z man is on the phone. #EatEmUpKats pic.twitter.com/ldPpDpvbqx
— Sam Houston Men’s Basketball (@BearkatsMBB) February 2, 2023
Huefner’s shot gave Sam Houston a wild win on WAC Wednesday and still kept the 17-5 Bearkats in the mix for the regular-season crown. Huefner finished with 13 points to help the Bearkats win their fifth straight. Sam Houston is at UT Arlington on Saturday. Justin Johnson had 22 points to lead UTRGV, which fell to 11-12 overall and 2-8 in WAC play.
State of New Mexico 73, Stephen F Austin 67
Finally it happened. New Mexico State won its first WAC game in the 2022–23 season. And it came on WAC Wednesday. Pretty ironic, right?
The Aggies owned the glass, made free throws when they had to and held off SFA at the Pan Am Center on Wednesday night. Five Aggies were in double digits, led by DaJuan Gordon’s 15 points. New Mexico State had a 35-28 advantage on the glass. And New Mexico State had a 44-26 point lead in the suit.
Quaye is climbing the ladder! Aggies to play four with two!#AggieUp pic.twitter.com/Eh1wNASRyg
— NM State MBB (@NMStateMBB) February 2, 2023
“I’m just so proud of our boys,” said Greg Heiar, New Mexico State head coach. “You haven’t stopped working. And they just come every day and they try so hard and they get better. You want to win. These young men fight every day and work hard every day. And I’m super proud of her.”
New Mexico State stays in Las Cruces to host Seattle U on Saturday. SFA has to travel to Phoenix on Saturday to take on GCU.
Abilene Christian 83, Seattle U 68
Two weeks ago, ACU head coach Brette Tanner spoke about the Wildcats getting their swag back. Tanner also spoke about playing ACU basketball.
Well, that swag and playing ACU basketball showed up in the second half at the Climate Pledge Arena on WAC Wednesday. Seattle U went into the dressing room at halftime with a 49-44.
But in the second half, it was all the Wildcats. Tanner’s crew, led by Joe Pleasant, beat Seattle U 39-19 after halftime in a big road win for the Wildcats.
On Wednesday at WAC, ACU was just 2-9 from the Moody Coliseum and the Wildcats were going 0-4 in the WAC game.
ACU started the second half with a 10-0 run and took a 54-49 lead. When Alex Schumacher knocked down a knight to put Seattle U ahead 58-56, ACU had an answer. Damien Daniels knocked down a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession and the Wildcats were never behind again.
Put an exclamation mark on it!!
📺https://t.co/zAK7a9XRIf #GoWildcats | #TougherTogether pic.twitter.com/eLWMxs3zHt
— ACU Men’s Basketball (@ACU_MBB) February 2, 2023
Joe Pleasant had a game-high 24 points to help the Wildcats improve to 12-11 overall and 4-6 in WAC play. Seattle U was led by Alex Schumacher’s 16 points. The Redhawks fall to 16-7 overall and 7-3 in WAC play. Wednesday’s loss marked the third straight loss for the Redhawks.
ACU travels to CBU on Saturday. Seattle U travel to Las Cruces on Saturday to take on New Mexico State.
Southern Utah 72, California Baptist 71
Taran Armstrong’s shot at the buzzer came close as SUU Riverside escaped with a win. Read the summary at the link below.