EDINBURG, Tex. — They may have only played a pair of games so far in 2017-18, but the UT-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros have put up their fair share of points.
In their opener on Friday night, the Vaqueros put up 106 points on the Nicholls Colonels, but still came away with the loss. The Colonels spoiled the Vaqueros’ home opener with the 111-106 win in a shootout.
Malik Maitland opened the scoring for the Wildcats, giving the visitors an early 2-0 lead. Xavier McDaniel, Jr. answered with a jumper for the Vaqueros on the next possession, and UTRGV was off and rolling.
Bethune-Cookman wouldn’t hold another lead the rest of the way, and it was also the last time that the game would be tied on the night. The Vaqueros put up 51 points in the first frame, and took a 19-point lead into the break.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fl. — The Ryan Ridder era for the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats is officially under way, and what a start it was.
The Wildcats opened the season with a home contest against the visiting Johnson University (FL) Suns. It marked the first regular season game for Ridder as the head coach of the Wildcats, and it marked the debut for several new faces with the program.
Malik Maitland and Soufiyane Diakite both transferred to the Wildcats from the Morehead State Eagles, and both made their debuts on Friday night against the Suns. Maitland found himself in the starting lineup, and make an immediate impact as the team’s new point guard.