By Mark Molina
It’s not ideal to play all your conference games close but the Texas A&M Kingsville Men’s team finally put down a foe with second half ease.
A return home and a record-setting day by Marcus Ford led the Javelinas (8-7)(3-4) to a 72-59 victory over Abilene Christian Saturday afternoon at Kingsville Hampton Inn court, giving the Hogs their second consecutive win and making their recent four-game losing streak nothing but a mere memory.
“Well we knew we were playing people real tough but we had to come out and play smarter,” head basketball coach Pete Peterson said, “ We led Midwestern for 39 minutes and Cameron for 36 minutes so I knew we had been doing something right.”
With the win the Hogs get their third conference win and sit in fifth place behind the same four teams that bested them during their losing streak, Midwestern State, West Texas A&M, Tarleton State and Cameron.
The Javelinas went into the half up three 35-32 but used a second half surge and on-point shooting to run away from the Wildcats and write Fords name into the record book as he now owns the AMK career blocks record with 65 in his career.
“Everybody was on my back about it so I’m glad I was finally able to get it,” Ford said “ but we were able to beat Angelo and that led to us wanting to come out and win by at least 15 here today.”
The Javelinas shot only 39 percent against the Wildcats but drained ten three-points on the night shooting 10-of-22 from the field good for 45 percent.
Ashton Brown continued to lead the team in scoring as he put out 25 points in 34 minutes to go with four boards three assists and a steal.
Reid Wallace felt the hot hand as he was 3-for-5 beyond the arc and finished with 11 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a block, Ryan Layssard contributed ten points to round out the top three scorers.
Abilene Christian played close but perimeter defense and sideline temper got the better of them in the second half as Head Coach Joe Golding and Kendal Durant were issued technical fouls.
The Wildcats finished shooting 37 percent from the field and turned the ball over 12 times.
AMK is off until the 18 of Jan. as they get ready for two games in three days against the University of Incarnate Word.