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.
On Monday, the Vaqueros were looking to get the first win out of the way when they welcomed the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats to Edinburg. The Wildcats were coming off a win in their opener, as they topped Johnson University (FL) on Friday, 108-66.
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.
They maintained their lead all throughout the second frame, and picked up the 92-74 win for their first victory of 2017-18. Continue reading Big first half leads UT-Rio Grande Valley past Bethune-Cookman, 92-74