Jets rally from 24 down to win

02/13/2011 12:00 AM

02/13/2011 12:06 AM

Newman's mens basketball team played its final scheduled home game Saturday afternoon, and even though there's a makeup game Monday in Wichita, it's almost impossible that game could produce the fitting ending for the Jets' six seniors that Saturday's provided.

Newman rallied from a 24-point deficit and trailed by 21 in the second half before beating Texas A&M International 80-77. The Jets' seniors were introduced before the game and they took pictures afterward, and in between most of them contributed difference-making plays.

The Jets can pull to a first-place tie in the Heartland Conference with a win over St. Mary's on Monday. They have three road games remaining.

"It would have been (a good way to end my home career)," Newman senior William Burdette said. "But we've still got a few more games. We're trying to finish first in the conference."

Newman (13-9, 5-3) began to chip away at the Dustdevils' lead at the end of the first half, trimming nine points to make it 44-29 with less than a minute before halftime. But TAMIU made a three-pointer in the final seconds of the first half and another to start the second to go ahead by 21.

The Jets' comeback — the first one, anyway — was fast and furious. They scored 10 straight points in less than three minutes and tied it 54-54 with 11:07 to go in the second half thanks to a 14-2 run.

The fast wipeout of the deficit served Newman well because TAMIU built a 10-point lead but gave the Jets enough time — nearly five minutes — to make another rally.

"When you make your run and you can't get over the hump, and you've seen it a thousand times where that's pretty much it," Newman coach Mark Potter said. "At that point, I thought, 'Do we have one more in us?' "

Newman did, and it got some help.

A Keaton Schultz basket made it 73-66 with 1:48 to go. Two TAMIU turnovers in 24 seconds turned into a pair of baskets by Newman junior Eric Saunders. With 1:02 left, Schultz, a senior, made a deep, guarded three-pointer to cut the deficit to one.

Burdette converted a three-point play with 30.9 seconds to go and Newman had the lead for good. The Dustdevils failed to get away a shot in the final seconds in an attempt to tie it.

"I love the pressure moments," Burdette said. "They don't phase me at all."

TAMIU (14-8, 6-3) made 8 of its first 12 three-point attempts. Most were open shots, but instead of relying on the inevitability that the Dustdevils couldn't shoot that well down the stretch, Newman amped up its defense. The result was TAMIU making three of its final eight threes and the defense forcing the Dustdevils into 12 second-half turnovers.

With the defense accounted for, Newman needed playmakers on offense. They found them in seniors Burdette, Schultz and Chip Steven. Burdette scored a game-high 19 points, Schultz provided a pair of clutch three-pointers and Steven made 11 of 11 free throws while scoring 16 points.

"Second half, it was like two totally different games," Potter said. "Everything we did was with energy. Obviously, once we made the run we got the energy. The first half was almost a nightmare and the second half was as much fun as I've had as a coach."

TEXAS A&M INTERNATIONAL: Faiivae 4-7 1-2 9, Matteson 5-12 2-2 14, Gomez 4-7 1-1 13, McLucas 2-4 0-0 6, Brito 4-7 2-5 11, Payne 5-7 1-3 12, Schaeffer 1-5 0-0 2, Silvie 3-5 1-3 8, Lafitte 0-0 0-0 0, Harris 0-0 0-0 0, Salter 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 29-55 8-16 77.

NEWMAN: Burdette 7-12 3-3 19, Berry 3-4 2-4 8, Schultz 4-9 11 11, Steven 2-7 11-11 16, Saunders 3-7 1-4 7, Grant 0-1 0-0 0, Nordman 3-5 2-2 10, Brumbelow 2-3 0-0 4, Felter 2-2 1-2 5. Totals 26-50 21-27 80.

Halftime — TAMIU 47, Newman 29. Three-point shooting — TAMIU 11-20 (Gomez 4-6, Matteson 2-2, McLucas 2-3, Payne 1-1, Brito 1-3, Silvie 1-3, Schaeffer 0-2); Newman 7-21 (Nordman 2-4, Burdette 2-5, Schultz 2-6, Steven 1-4, Saunders 0-1, Brumbelow 0-1). Rebounds — TAMIU 38 (Faiivae 10); Newman 22 (Burdette 5). Total fouls _ TAMIU 20, Newman 16. Assists — TAMIU 16 (Gomez, McLucas, Payne 3); Newman 12 (Steven, Saunders, Nordman 3).

Newman women 72, Texas A&M International 51 — The Jets improved to 5-1 in the Heartland and 15-7 overall behind a strong showing by Tasha Cannon, who scored 26 points. Cannon made 10 of 14 shots to lead all scorers. Philicia Kelly (14 points) and Rhea Codio (10) also scored in double figures for Newman

TEXAS A&M INTERNATIONAL: Tristan 0-1 0-0 0, Williams 3-7 2-2 8, Simpson 1-2 0-0 3, Chacon 2-16 5-7 10, Banuelos 6-10 2-2 16, Sobers 2-6 0-0 4, Johnson 0-3 0-0 0, Villanueva 0-2 0-0 0, Roy 1-4 0-0 2, Scott 2-8 2-6 8, Rosas 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 17-60 11-17 51.

NEWMAN: Cannon 10-14 6-10 26, Kelly 2-5 9-12 14, Traylor 0-1 0-0 0, Codio 4-12 0-0 10, Sotez 0-0 0-0 0, Pachta 0-0 0-0 0, Key 3-5 2-2 8, Norwood 1-3 1-1 3, Coleman 1-6 2-4 5, Mungo 0-0 0-0 0, Adekunle 2-4 2-2 6.

Halftime — Newman 36, TAMIU 28. Three-point shooting — TAMIU 6-22 (Scott 2-4, Banuelos 2-5, Simpson 1-2, Chacon 1-8, Sobers 0-1, Johnson 0-1, Villanueva 0-1); Newman 4-10 (Codio 2-8, Kelly 1-1, Coleman 1-1). Rebounds — TAMIU 36 (Williams 7); Newman 44 (Kelly 9). Total fouls — TAMIU 21, Newman 19. Assists — TAMIU 6 (Banuelos, Johnson 2); Newman 16 (Codio 5).

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