West Texas A&M-ENMU basketball capsules

Freedom New Mexico


West Texas A&M (21-5, 8-5 Lone Star Conference South) at ENMU (13-12, 8-5)

When: 8 p.m. Saturday at Greyhound Arena

Radio: KSEL-AM 1450

Last time out: The Buffaloes defeated Incarnate Word 81-71 at Canyon, Texas, on Wednesday while Greyhounds won at Texas A&M-Kingsville 86-77.

Last meeting: ENMU won at Canyon for the first time since 2004, edging the Buffs 73-70 on Jan. 15.

• Of note: WT has clinched one of the South’s four berths in next week’s Lone Star Conference tournament at Bartlesville, Okla., while ENMU needs either a win tonight or an Angelo State loss at home to division champion Tarleton State to get in. Either team could be the second, third or fourth seed from the South. … Buffs coach Rick Cooper posted his 500th college victory on Wednesday. He is 348-170 in 18 years at WT, and went 152-47 in six years before that at Wayland Baptist. … The Buffs, who have reached 20 wins for the first time since 2007-08, are 7-3 on the road this season. ENMU is 8-4 on the road, 5-7 at home and 1-0 on neutral courts. … The Hounds, who have won four in a row, have clinched their first winning South record since the second of back-to-back division titles in 2003-04, and by winning tonight can clinch their first winning season since then. … Only 6-2 senior G LaDarius Hall averages in double figures for the Buffs (13.5 ppg). Hall ranks fourth in NCAA Division II in FT percentage (92 percent), while 6-1 junior G Lionel Foster ranks first in the LSC and 17th in Division II in assists (5.8 apg). … The Buffs have wins over each of the top two teams in both divisions of the LSC.