Andre Washington grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back in the bucket to help Cameron earn a tough 84-80 victory over Eastern New Mexico University Saturday in an important Lone Star Conference victory that keeps the Aggies in position for a top three finish in the standings with five games remaining in the regular season.
The men’s victory came after the CU women earned an important conference as well, taking a 68-64 decision that improves its chances of a top five finish in the standings.
The CU men climbed to 11-6 in the West Division standings and that dropped the Greyhounds to 10-6 in the standings and bumps the Aggies to third behind West Texas (16-0) and Lubbock Christian (12-3) with time quickly running out for the regular season. UT-Permian Basin is next at 8-8 and Midwestern follows at 8-9.
The Cameron men were trying to drain the final seconds before taking a shot and when Andre Washington was able to get open inside and make a layup with one second remaining the CU fans started to celebrate. The visitors then had to foul to get the ball back but the Aggies got two free throws from Miles Gurske to arrange the final score.
Cameron men had another balanced attack as Reggie Prudhomme scored 18, Jaylan Thomas 17, Washington 11, and Daylon Andrews and Lavell Brodnex each scored nine.
The Cameron women got another big game from Katie King who played all 40 minutes while scoring 25 points and grabbing six steals. Shamika Smith added 14 and Courtnee Cash 12. Korie Allensworth just missed double figures with 8 but she had a big game on the boards with 11 rebounds.
The Cameron teams hit the road Thursday to face Angelo State, then complete the long trip to Odessa, Texas, for a Saturday doubleheader against UT-Permian Basin. That will end the road season for the Cameron teams as they close at home against Texas A&M-International on Feb. 22, Texas A&M-Kingsville on Feb. 24 and then the season finale on Feb. 29 against Midwestern.