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Sam Walker, Texas A&M-Commerce Alumni Engagement director and former men's varsity basketball coach, looks ahead to this weekend's Final Four, in which one of his former rivals, Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard, will be competing.  Beard is a former coach of the Lone Star Conference's Angelo State Rams.  Beard has been named the AP's Men's College Basketball Coach of the Year.  Walker's Lions beat Beard's Rams for the 2015 LS

Angelo State features a high octane offense and a suffocating pass rush, a tough combo foir the Lions to handle
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After suffering a 38-24 defeat at the hands of FCS opponent Sam Houston State last weekend, the Texas A&M University-Commerce football team now sets its sights on a game with NCAA Playoff implications when they face Angelo State for the second time this season in round one of the Lone Star Conference Playoff at 3 p.m. on Saturday in Commerce.

The no. 12-ranked Lions (7-2, 6-0 LSC) come into the first round as the no. 1 seed after winning the 22nd Conference Championship in program history, and their second in as many years. The Rams (6-3, 3-3 LSC) come in as the no. 4 seed after a coin flip was used to decide the 3-4-5 seeds, as all three teams had identical conference records, as well as a victory over each other. Head Coach Colby Carthel says that even though it came down to a coin flip, any opponent they would’ve faced would be a challenge.

“It doesn’t matter who we could play,” Carthel said. “Our boys are excited, we know that if we win the ballgame, we could be in the NCAA Playoffs.”

Lions hold on to beat charging Rams 38-35

Oct 11, 2015
The Lions had control in the first half, but needed key plays to run out the clock to halt an Angelo State comeback.
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The Texas A&M University-Commerce football team had to survive a would-be comeback attempt by the surging Angelo State Rams, but ultimately secured a 38-35 win Saturday night in Commerce in the ESPN Division II Game of the Week.

The game was a battle between the Lions’ (5-1, 4-0 Lone Star Conference) conference leading scoring offense against Angelo State’s (4-2, 1-2 LSC) top scoring defense. Both teams had no trouble putting points on the board in the first half, but A&M-Commerce seemed to hold an edge in intensity, and went into halftime with a 31-21 lead.

The scoring slowed dramatically in the third quarter, with the only points in the frame coming on a blocked punt by Davarus Shores which was picked up by Dionte Taylor in the end zone for a score. Rams receivers repeatedly dropping passes and quarterback Kyle Washington was under pressure all game by the Lions’ defensive front.

The Lions will play host to the first nationally broadcast game in Memorial Stadium history on Saturday.
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Head football coach Colby Carthel called Texas A&M University-Commerce’s huge 63-0 win over rival Tarleton State “the most complete game we’ve played”. This Saturday’s game may be much harder as the no. 15 Lions host the no. 16 Angelo State Rams in a game drawing national attention from ESPN.

A&M-Commerce (4-1, 3-0 Lone Star Conference) notched their first shutout since 2004 with 604 yards of total offense and 5 takeaways. Running backs Richard Cooper and Theo Wofford both gained over 100 yards rushing for the third straight game. Quarterback Harrison Stewart ‘s efficiency was on display yet again as he was 14-20 for 196 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

Carthel was very pleased with the way his team played, noting how everything seemed to go right for the team in the outing.

“It was a real team effort on our part.” Carthel said. “A lot of things have to go well for you to get a shutout in today’s college football world.”