When your starting point guard goes down you expect to struggle on the way to games end, the Texas A&M Kingsville Javelinas instead put out their finest performance in almost a decade.
After coming off the bench following an injury to Ryan Layssard, point guard Ashton Brown and Robert Williams keyed the Javelinas (5-2) to a 66-point second half on their way to a 107-88 victory over St. Edwards university (3-1) Tuesday night at Kingsville Hampton Inn court.
It was the Hilltoppers first loss of the season after coming into the game 3-0 with a victory over the Javelinas last Thursday.
Layssard rolled his ankle midway through the first half then got up and took a charge before he was helped off the court with what was said to be a bruised tendon in the foot.
“I don’t know exactly what it is yet but it’s hurting right now, but we have an x-ray in the morning,” Layssard said, “our guys stepped up tonight and that was it,”
Layssard is fourth on the team in scoring with 7.6 points per game and is leading the team in assist (26) and steals (13).
The Hilltoppers came out firing as the Javelinas had trouble guarding the three-point line for the early parts of the first half before, dropping in their first four attempts from beyond the arc before building an 11 point lead with under four minutes left to take a 41-34 halftime lead.
The Hogs would see two double digit leads disintegrate within minutes as the Toppers pulled within one on two occasions in the second half.
71-70 with under nine minutes to go was as close as the Toppers got as the Javelinas put on the clamps on defense and took advantage of St. Edwards technical fouls late to open up a 19-point lead in the last six minutes.
Brown finished with 32 points and was 7-of-12 from the field including 15-of-16 from the free-throw line.
Meanwhile Williams gave the Hilltoppers problems as he had 22 points and nine rebounds equaling another strong output against St. Edwards.
Derryl Nash and Marshal Bonds III had 14 points and Marcus ford had 13.
The scoring output was the highest since putting up 118 against Houston Baptist in 2002-03 and the first time hitting the century mark since 2006-07 against Huston-Tillotson.
“Our games did not keep our composer up there in Austin, but we kept our composer here tonight, that‘s a good sign” Javelina head coach Pete Peterson said. “Our defense has got to improve but that is a good team we beat here tonight,”
The Javelinas will be on hold till Monday night as they host St. Mary’s.
By: Mark Molina