Road Losses For UTPA & Vipers Hoops

Red-shirt senior guard Nick Weiermiller dished out a game-high six assists to pass former-teammate Paul Stoll (2006-08) for sixth place in career-assists in University of Texas-Pan American Broncs men's basketball history during a 67-50 loss to the Air Force Academy Falcons on Monday at Clune Arena. Weiermiller, the starting point guard, now has 376 career assists. Stoll, who was the senior starting point guard when Weiermiller was a freshman, finished with 373 assists. Junior guard Brandon Provost, who played his freshman season for the Falcons (10-4), hit three consecutive three-pointers as the Broncs (5-14) jumped out to a 16-9 lead in the opening six minutes. Provost finished with a game-high 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 5-of-6 from long distance. The Broncs hit five of their first six shots from behind the arc overall and had nine assists on 10 baskets while maintaining a lead throughout most of the half. The Broncs led 2-0 on an Enique Mason jumper on the opening possession, and then after Todd Fletcher hit a three-pointer to give the Falcons the lead, Earl Jefferson hit two free throws with 17:51 remaining to give the Broncs the lead for the rest of the half. The Broncs twice lead by seven during the half, including at 23-16 on a Josh Cleveland jumper with 7:10 to go. The Falcons took the lead back at the start of the second half on a three-pointer by Fletcher that made it 28-27. Provost hit a three-pointer to pull the Broncs within 46-42 with 11:16 left in the game, but the Falcons went on a 19-2 run to take their largest lead at 65-44 on a free throw by Max Yon eight minutes later. The Falcons were led in scoring by Fletcher, who scored 15 points while hitting three three-pointers. Cameron Williams recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds (seven offensive) while Mike Fitzgerald also scored 11 points. Taylor Broekhuis was the fourth Falcon in double-figures with 10 points. The Broncs return to action on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. when they visit TCU.

Marcus Morris brought lottery credentials. Andre Emmett and Blake Ahearn left with the winning ticket. Emmett, a former second-round pick (2004), who played sparingly in the NBA before heading overseas, scored 36 points, while Ahearn added 26 points and 12 assists, as the hometown Reno Bighorns (9-9) defeated the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 116-99. A lot went right for us tonight, said Ahearn, the NBA D-League TMs leading scorer (25.4 ppg) and a two-time NBA call-up. When you have a bunch of guys clicking on the same page that know how to play, it TMs fun to be out there. Emmett shot 16-for-23 from the field, and also had nine rebounds and a game-high five steals. There TMs no mystery to his game. He TMs a stone cold scorer. There TMs little doubt he left many lucrative offers overseas to take another shot at the NBA. Morris, on assignment from the Houston Rockets, finished with 24 points on 10-for-27 shooting, to go with nine rebounds. Willie Warren, a former second-round pick of the Los Angeles Clippers, added 14 points. It TMs not hard to see why Morris was selected by the Rockets with the 14th overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft. At 6-9, he TMs skilled offensively and can impact a game with his athleticism. He TMs currently on the Patrick Patterson plan. In 2010, the Rockets selected Patterson with the 14th overall pick, sent him to Rio Grande Valley early on to gain experience, and by season TMs end he was a regular part of the rotation. Reno plays again Wednesday against Iowa. The Vipers (11-8) return to action Thursday against Springfield.