Coutesy Sports Information
SAN ANGELO, TEXAS – After four straight losses, the Texas A&M-Kingsville men’s basketball team got the New Year started with a 72-67 win at Lone Star Conference rival Angelo State on Wednesday night.
It was a tight ball game the whole way through with the Javelinas (7-7, 2-4) maintaining between a 1- and 10-point over the final 36:40. Every time the Javs would appear to take control of the game the Rams (6-8, 0-5) would counter with a run of their own.
In the first half, the Hoggies built took a lead thanks to 10 points by Derryl Nash (Austin/Elgin HS) in the first 6:13 of the game. The team would take a 28-18 lead with 8:05 left in the first half after a lay-up by Marshall Bonds III (Little Rock, AR/Mills HS). Keenan Coleman was able to bring the Rams back with a pair of three-pointers and they trailed by just one with 4:27 remaining in the half. The Hogs had an answer as they scored nine straight points to close out the half.
The 10-point lead did not last long for the Javelinas. The Rams started the second half by hitting three-pointers on each of their first three possessions to make it a 1-point game. The Javs were able to hold off the hard-charging Rams the rest of the game never allowing the home team to take the lead.
Late in the game, the Javs came up with a number of crucial plays. With under a minute to play and a three-point lead, Ashton Brown (Randolph, NY/Central HS) knocked down a jumper to make it 68-63 with 35 seconds left. Then, in the final 15 seconds both Bonds and Ryan Layssard (Opelousas, LA/Opelousas HS) drained a pair of free throws to cinch the game.
The Javelinas shot 44.0 percent from the field, made 8-of-18 from three-point range and were 20-of-28 at the foul line. Nash led the team with 19 points and five rebounds while making 4-of-9 three-point attempts. Robert Williams (Dallas/Kimball HS) added 12 points, eight rebounds and two steals off the bench. Brown and Bonds each scored 11 points while Brown added five assists and Bonds three blocks. Marcus Ford (Colorado Springs, CO/Mesa Ridge HS) tied the school record for career blocks in the game and now has 64.
The Javelinas pulled down six more rebounds than the Rams, but committed three more turnovers. The Javelina bench outscored the Rams, 22-9.
The Rams shot 39.7 percent from the field, made 8-of-24 from three-point range and were 13-of-21 at the foul line. Coleman led the way with 18 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals while knocking down four three-pointers. LaDonn Huckaby added 17 points, six rebounds and four assists.
The Hogs are back in action on Saturday against Abilene Christian at Kingsville Hampton Inn Court at 3 p.m.