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SPORTS: TAMIU men’s basketball season nears end, with mixed results
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SPORTS: TAMIU men’s basketball season nears end, with mixed results

SPORTS: TAMIU men’s basketball season nears end, with mixed results By Juan Carlos PuenteEditor-In-ChiefPublished Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024 The men’s basketball season nears its end on Feb. 29 at Texas A&M–Kingsville. The Dustdevils’ current record, as of Feb. 20, is 15-10 overall, 11-8 in the Lone Star Conference, 11-2 at home and 4-8 away. This half of the Texas A&M International University season began with mixed results in games against St. Edward’s University and St. Mary’s University. On Jan. 4, the men ultimately faced a “heartbreaking defeat,” as fans and players referred to it, with St. Edward’s ending on top at 62-61. After the team got riled up on Jan. 6 against St. Mary’s, the Dustdevils won at 73-70. J.C. Puente | BridgeTAMIU senior guard and forward John Ach...
SPORTS: Austin Spurs sweep Stockton Kings at Laredo exhibition games
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SPORTS: Austin Spurs sweep Stockton Kings at Laredo exhibition games

SPORTS: Austin Spurs sweep Stockton Kings at Laredo exhibition games By Vicente MendozaSports EditorAnd Alexia AlemanBridge Staff PodcasterPublished Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024 The Austin Spurs G League basketball team defeated the Stockton Kings in both games of a series on Feb. 2 to 3. Marking this as the third time the Spurs have played in Laredo at the Sames Auto Arena. In Friday’s game, the Spurs won 127-111 and on Saturday, they won 105-103. An estimated 6,000 Laredoans attended both games, including Texas A&M International University students, faculty and alumni. Cris Cordova | BridgeAustin Spurs' Javante McCoy (3) shoots for three against the Stockton Kings on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Sames Auto Arena in Laredo. The Spurs won 105-103. On Friday, the Spurs defense came...
SPORTS: Men’s basketball faces series of away games
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SPORTS: Men’s basketball faces series of away games

SPORTS: Men’s basketball faces series of away games By Jorge EscuderoBridge contributing writerPublished Friday, Dec. 8, 2023 Exhausted and dripping with sweat, the basketball players take turns filling their cups at the water jug to rehydrate before returning to the court. An intense, nearly three-hour-long practice session concluded with most players needing to ice their sore muscles, which are pushed to their limits every day. The TAMIU men’s basketball team practices daily, five to sometimes six days a week. Only one week before their first game of the season, they were preparing to hit the road for a series of back-to-back away games. Submitted photo by Karla CaballeroFormer TAMIU senior Jermaine Drewey passes the ball over St. Edward's University's Bennett Mohn, #21, ...
SPORTS: Dustdevils season ends on positive note against Javelinas
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SPORTS: Dustdevils season ends on positive note against Javelinas

SPORTS: Dustdevils season ends on positive note against Javelinas By Cesar OldhamBridge Staff InternPublished Tuesday, April 11, 2023 TAMIU men’s basketball ended its season with a close 65-64 victory over Texas A&M Kingsville. Due to Dallas Baptist University’s win against University of Texas—Tyler on Feb. 25, Texas A&M International University was pushed off the playoff bracket for the Lone Star Conference Tournament, though coach Mac McConnell was proud of his players’ efforts all season. Eight teams make it into that tournament. “I think we started to believe in each other, play for each other, share the ball, fight through adversity and just believe when we say team, family and believe in the culture even though we went through our ups and downs,” McConnell said. ...
SPORTS: Midwestern State defeats TAMIU
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SPORTS: Midwestern State defeats TAMIU

SPORTS: Midwestern State defeats TAMIU Glenys MaldonadoSports EditorPublished Friday, March 18, 2022 The TAMIU men’s basketball team fell short against Midwestern State University, 66-61, at season’s end but flipped the entire program this season for a better tomorrow. Low scoring dominated early in the first half of the Feb. 19 game with the board reading just 2-2 before the 16-minute media timeout, and 14-10 with the Mustangs leading at the 12-minute media timeout that came at the 9:08 remaining mark. Samantha Gonzalez | BridgeSenior Greg Bowie II shoots against Midwestern State at TAMIU's Kinesiology and Convocation Building gymnasium on Feb. 19. The gap grew after the break, with the Mustangs running another nine points to their score, but the Dustdevils came back quick...
Dustdevils outjoust Knights
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Dustdevils outjoust Knights

Dustdevils outjoust Knights By Orlando GonzalezBridge contributing writerOriginally published in the print edition on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 After three consecutive wins in the regular season, the Dustdevils keep their momentum going with a 3-0 record. Coach Rodney “Mac” McConnell’s men’s basketball team defeated Chadron State University, South Dakota Mines University and stomped all over Southwestern Adventist University. Following Monday night’s 79-41 victory romp, Nov. 15, at home against SWAU, Texas A&M International University’s men showed they are a force to be reckoned with. This followed a 52-48 win on Nov. 13 over SDMU at Rapid City, South Dakota, and an 82-73 win on Nov. 12 over Chadron State at Chadron, Nebraska. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeSenior Greg Bowie II eyes ...
Maroon Madness Returns
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Maroon Madness Returns

Maroon Madness Returns By David Gomez Jr. Editor-in-chiefPublished Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 Maroon Madness brought the return of food, fun and competition to TAMIU after two years since the 2019 offering.  The Texas A&M International University Kinesiology, Wellness and Recreation Center again housed one of TAMIU’s biggest annual events. Before the start of basketball season, the event takes the form of a pep rally to bring an escape after midterms. Kicked off at 4:30 p.m. by the Spooky Fest, food and games occurred on the lawn in front of the building before the doors opened at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeA crowd of students compete for a free Dustdevils baseball cap during Maroon Madness on Thursday, Oct. 28, in the TAMIU gymnasium. ...
Men’s basketball finishes season 1-13
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Men’s basketball finishes season 1-13

Men's basketball finishes season 1-13 By Cesar OldhamBridge contributing writerPublished Wednesday, May 5, 2021 After a difficult season, the men's Dustdevils basketball team limped away with only one Lone Star Conference win. The success was a 81-68 win against Oklahoma Christian University. Andrea Arias | Submitted Tre Thomas drives the ball in his game against Angelo State University on Feb. 26. Men's basketball coach Rodney “Mac” McConnell joined Texas A&M International University in March 2020 as the seventh coach for the team in Dustdevil history. “We showed glimpses of what we can be and [can] build on for the future,” McConnell said. “No head coach wants to win only one game in a year, no matter the circumstances. Therefore, I would say that this year's team ha...
A court 7,000 miles long
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A court 7,000 miles long

A court 7,000 miles long  By Cesar NeiraBridge Contributing WriterPublished Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 Being a student athlete poses the challenge of having to balance studies with athletic responsibilities. Junior Texas A&M International University men’s basketball forward Tom Higgins does all this while being more than 7,000 miles from home.  Higgins, a criminal justice major, played basketball for most of his life. Born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand, he said his childhood was “great.” “You can go to the beach, mountains, cities in a heartbeat,” Higgins said. “I was lucky enough to experience most aspects of life.” Courtesy TAMIU Sports InformationTAMIU forward Tom Higgins When the opportunity to play for TAMIU came, he and his family grew excited. “It was my goal to pl...
Basketball in the time of COVID-19
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Basketball in the time of COVID-19

Basketball in the time of COVID-19 By Troi LucasBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 Uncertainty looms across the Dustdevils basketball court this season. Texas A&M International University athletes were previously told their season will be postponed until Spring 2021. Basketball players, in particular, now deal with a longer pre-season and more protocols due to the effects of COVID-19. The athletes were allowed back on campus on Aug. 24. A select few decided to “opt out” this season. Some chose to focus on school, while others felt uncomfortable with the idea of playing during the pandemic. Men’s sophomore guard Darian Gibson said he finds it difficult to put in the necessary extra work on his own because of the required precautions. “[It’s had ...
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