By Mark Molina
If the Lone Star Conference hasn’t caught wind of the team from South Texas yet, they will after Thursday night‘s slug-fest at Kingsville Hampton Inn court.
The Texas A&M Kingsville Javelina basketball team opened up Lone Star Conference play against the Eastern New Mexico Grey Hounds with a 77-69 victory that saw everything from fast break throw-downs to blood on the court.
The Javelinas (6-3)(1-0) ended the Greyhounds (7-2)(0-1) seven-game win streak and improved to 4-1 on their current seven game home stand.
“We came out tonight and saw a lot of positive things on the sidelines.” Head coach Pete Peterson said, “I was proud the way we fought through and played as a team down the stretch. This is a very good team but we still aren’t where we need to be right now.”
The Javelinas led the game from the start and didn’t look back dominating the boards and out rebounding the Greyhounds 41-20 on the night and grabbing 15 of the offensive variety (nine in the first half).
Ashton Brown opened the first half like he has the last few games scoring in double-digits, putting in 12 points in the first half on four of six shooting and finished with
The Javelinas controlled the paint all night drawing charges and frustrated the best scoring team in the conference holding the Greyhounds to 43 percent shooting from the field including a 4-for-15 team shooting performance from beyond the arc.
The Javelinas used a second-half run and a few fast-break dunks to open up the game and maintain an eight-point lead throughout the second half as ENMU’s runs were short and usually answered by the Hogs.
The Greyhounds got within six and no closer.
Robert “Rillo” Williams had a quiet night with only nine points but drew attention from everywhere after a collision with ENMU’s Aaron Edwards in the second half that sent both players to the sidelines on more than one occasion due to cuts on their foreheads, both would return.
Williams had nine points and six boards while Edwards had 11 points and three rebounds on 3-of-4 shooting on the night.
The Javelinas and Greyhounds committed 46 team fouls combined on the night and had three players foul out.
AMK had four players score in double digits, Brown had 19, Marcus Ford put in 11 and seven rebounds on a big night around the rim while Reid Wallace and Marshall Bonds III each had ten points respectively.
The Javelinas will be back in action Saturday night at 5 p.m. at Kingsville Hampton Inn court for their sixth straight home game.