Bonner records double-double in last career home game

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Bonner records double-double in last career home game

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The West Texas A&M Buffaloes men’s basketball team defeated the Lions of Texas A&M-Commerce Wednesday night, 93-84. The Buffs have been on a tear as of late, winning eight out of their last nine games. This game also marked the last home game in the career of the lone senior Jeff Bonner, who also tallied a double-double, scoring 10 points and recording 11 rebounds as well.

The Buffs got the ball moving early in the first half, going up 22-8 in just over six minutes into the game. The lead wouldn’t stick throughout the half. The Lions got within one of the Buffs at 02:18 left in the first half and would ultimately end the half being down three with a score of 44-41. In the second half, the Buffs let the game slip a little bit. The Buffs also kept their composure as the Lions committed a few technical and flagrant fouls.

“We had a lot of composure, we didn’t get flustered,” Tom Brown, head coach of the Buffs, said. “[TAMUC] is a very, very good team. Anthony Adams is quick as lightning. They’ve got Crowder inside. Each one of those guys could score 30. Ronnie White went 7-7 from the field, and he destroyed us a little bit. They’ve got a great team. We had our composure and we made our plays down the stretch.”

Sophomore guard David Chavlovich scored 28 points for the Buffs, going 7 for 18 shooting with four three pointers. The Buffs as a unit tallied 15 three pointers to only two from the Lions. Chavlovich was also honored before the game by earning 1,000 points in his career, most of which has come through one of the most dangerous three point shots in the Lone Star Conference.

“Sometimes when I’m feeling it, I just shoot it,” Chavlovich said. “I like to watch Steph Curry and try to imitate his game a little bit, and he shoots from their so I tried to shoot from there.”

Bonner also had a decent shooting game, going 5-6 from the floor. Bonner said that though he wishes it was a bit more of a wider margin, it was nice getting the win in his last home game.

“I really wanted to go out and win it,” Bonner said. “The score was a little bit closer than I wanted. It’s been great. Great fans here to support us. They do a lot of things. My team embraced me as I was coming of the court. It’s just been a great experience.”

With the win, the Buffs tally their first 20-win season since the 2010-11 season and also puts the Buffs in a four way tie for first place in the Lone Star Conference. The Buffs will now travel to Stephenville to take on the Texans on Saturday, Feb. 19. The last time the Buffs faced the Texans, the Buffs shot 61.5 percent from three point land and won 78-61.