The Texas A&M University-Kingsville men’s and women’s basketball teams will take a head full of steam into each of their respective Lone Star Conference Tournaments, after completing their seasons in winning fashion.
The women (13-13, LSC 8-12) were able to pull off the unthinkable, as they upset No. 18 Eastern New Mexico 85-71, where the Javelina offense was clicking on all cylinders and was able to put points on the board when it mattered most.
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Heading to the locker room at the half, the blue and gold were up three and were able to keep it close before exploding in the fourth, and pulled away for the upset.he first period of play, but came back with a vengeance before the half was up, outscoring the Greyhounds 21-12.
The Javelinas shot 80.6 percent from the charity stripe, racking up 29 points in the process, the most they were able to knock down all season.
The shooting also came in bunches, as the Javelinas shot 52 percent from the floor, and scored 38 points from inside the paint.
Four different players for the Javelinas were in double figures, lead behind Tee Moore’s 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting, with four boards and three assists.
Following in her path was Meesha Wade with 14 points, six rebounds and two dimes, and Kaylin Roher and Angelica Wilson both with 13 points apiece.
Roher made history in the third, as the senior drained a three that put her in fifth all-time for three-pointers made in Javelina history with 116.
The Javelinas will now gear up to face the Greyhounds in their third match-up in the season in the LSC tournament, in a battle of the first and last seeds in the conference.
Game time will be at 6 P.M., from Allen, Texas.
The men (17-10, 10-8 LSC) were in a tight contest throughout, but were successful in knocking the ENMU Greyhounds out of tournament contention, winning in a thriller 53-51.
The Javelinas began the game on a 12-3 run, kick started by junior Elliot Taylor.
However, ENMU would not let up, and fought to keep their scoring deficit to under seven points as time expired in the first stanza.
The Javelinas would lead 29-25 at the end of the first half.
In the second half, both teams struggled tremendously on offense, both shooting between 34 and 35 percent from the floor.
As time trickled down to the latter half of the final twenty minutes, the Hogs did not allow a field goal in the final nine minutes of play to the Greyhounds in order to secure a victory.
Duan Wright was at the charity stripe with an opportunity to go up one, with nineteen seconds remaining in the game.
After nailing both free throws, the scoreboard read 51-52.
The Hoggie defense was powerful, and held its’ own on the ensuing play, as the Hounds would toss a ball from across court, which would be taken by Calean Neal and and seal the win.
Leading the charge for the Javelinas would be Derrick Byrd, who scored 11 points on 71 percent shooting from the field.
Trey Sumpter followed suit with eight points and eight boards and two steals.
Also with eight points were Will West and Marcus Frazier.
The Javelinas as the No. 6 seed, are looking forward to playing conference rival and No. 3 seeded West Texas A&M in Allen, Texas for the third time this season; however this time in the LSC tournament.
The season series is split between the two, and the Javelinas will look to break the tie on Mar. 3, tip-off time at 2:30 P.M.