TAMU-T basketball teams drop two at Philander Smith College

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Senior Desmond Kennedy poured in 24 points Tuesday for the Eagles at Philander Smith.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Texas A&M University-Texarkana (3-5) did not have a pleasant visit with Philander Smith’s basketball teams Tuesday.

The Eagles’ men led 37-34 at halftime, but senior Desmond Kennedy and sophomore Connor Ouellette were the only Texarkana players who were consistently contributing at the offensive end of the court in the 83-70 loss to Philander Smith.

Kennedy poured in a game-high 24 points, while Ouellette added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Texarkana’s long-range shooting was off with only six 3-pointers in 27 attempts. The Eagles also struggled at the free throw line, making 18 of 33. To top it off the Eagles had 21 turnovers.

The Eagles travel to Dillard University Saturday. The next home game will be Nov. 27 against the University of Science & Arts in Oklahoma. Tipoff will be at 6 p.m.

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Philander Smith improves to 8-1 in 2019

Texarkana’s women had an even tougher time, losing to Philander Smith, 81-48.

The cold-shooting Eagles (1-7) were led by Mi’lan Francis Miller’s 17 points. Ashley Dykes added 10. Texarkana converted only 8 of 33 treys, while being outscored at the free throw line, 20-4.

The host team took command early with a 19-7 lead in the first quarter. It was 40-19 at halftime, and 66-31 going into the final 10 minutes.

Six different players scored in double figures for Philander Smith (8-1). Vivian Imarenezor had 15 points, with Rakia Lane adding 13. Briana Heath tallied 12, while Terralyn Dominick and Larena Walker scored 11 each. Ciara Pettis netted 10 points.

The Lady Eagles will travel to Hot Springs Saturday for a rematch with Champion Christian at 1 p.m.