Thursday, January 31, 2013

YellowJacket Basketball: Fear the Sting!

Have you noticed that the LeTourneau men's basketball team is currently on pace to make the American Southwest Conference Tournament for the first time since 2008-09?

It has been an exciting year: You'll want to see this video of the Jackets behind by 12 with less than 2 minutes to play coming back to defeat Mississippi College here in Longview.

The Jackets are 8-5 in the ASC, sitting in second place, just one game behind University of Texas at Tyler, who sits at the top of the ASC East.

LeTourneau travels to Mississippi College and Louisiana College on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.

If they win those games, it will set up a showdown between the UT Tyler Patriots and LETU YellowJackets in Solheim Arena at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7.

I served as a dean and vice president at UT Tyler for seven years. Our athletics director Terri Deike was UT Tyler's first women's basketball coach. I know I can speak for Terri when I write that defeating UT Tyler is especially sweet!

If the Jackets win that game and go on to win the ASC East this season, then LETU would host the 2013 American Southwest Conference Tournament at Solheim Arena from Thursday, Feb. 22, to  Saturday, Feb. 24, marking the first time in school history that the Jackets would have won a division and hosted a tournament.

I want to encourage you to put the Thursday, Feb. 7, game on your calendars and come cheer for the YellowJackets. It promises to be a great game.

If you want more information about the team, you can go to or visit our live stream of the home games at

Fear the Sting!