A late rally from the Texas A&M University-Kingsville men’s basketball team almost gained access to the second round of the Lone Star Conference (LSC) championships at the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas.
The comeback from 16 points down by the Javelinas (11-15) fell short in the 87-86 loss to Angelo State (22-5).
The score was tied at the beginning of the second half 37-37 with both teams trading basket-for-basket in the first half.
Troy Jones, who made All LSC honorable mention team, had a double-double heading into halftime and finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Angelo State went on an 18–3 run four minutes into the second half, which put Angelo State ahead by 18 with 10 minutes left in the second half. With the Javelinas still down by 16 with only four minutes left in the second half, victory was in sight of the Angelo State rams. Through the eyes of the Javelinas the game was still not over.
The Javelinas had four different members score in double digits. DJ Weathers, who also made the All LSC honorable mention team, shared the leading scorer role with Jamar Goodwin, both with 16 points each. Troy Jones scored 13 points, and Marcus Frasier had 12 points. Jones had a career-high of 14 rebounds that gave him a final of six double doubles for the season.
The Javelinas made 12 three pointers which gave them double digits three pointers for the fifth time this season.
With a 19-6 run by the Javelinas, Angelo State’s lead was cut to only two points with 4.8 seconds remaining in the game.
Two crucial free throws by Angelo State’s Quay King made the final three pointer made by Marcus Frazier insignificant, leaving the Javelinas still trailing by a point.
Even with the 32 LSC tournament appearance, the second most appearances in that conference behind A&M Commerce, TAMUK has still lost its past six LSC tournament games. The Javelinas can only look toward next season as a team with a clean record and hopes for success.
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