Courtesy Sports Information
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – A plethora of second half turnovers proved to be too much for the Texas A&M-Kingsville men’s basketball team to overcome on the road at Lone Star Conference rival Incarnate Word on Wednesday night in a loss, 70-54.
The Javelinas (8-8, 3-5) entered the game on a two-game winning streak, but had not played since January 7. The rust showed as they committed a total of 19 turnovers in the game, including 11 in the second half and they struggled against the strong defense of the Cardinals (9-7, 4-4).
The good news for the Hoggies is that they get a chance to even up the season series with the Cardinals on Saturday when they make their annual visit to Kingsville for a 3 o’clock game.
The game was close through the first 33 minutes with the Cardinals holding a three-point lead at the break and they were clinging to a 47-45 lead with 7:34 remaining in the game after a lay-up by Ryan Layssard (Opelousas, LA/Opelousas HS). The Javelinas would turn the ball over six times over the next four minutes as the Cards put together a 10-1 run to take control of the game. Overall, the Cards outscored the Javs, 27-7 in points off turnovers.
The Javelinas shot 41.4 percent from the field, made 1-of-10 from three-point range and were 5-for-9 at the foul line. Ashton Brown (Randolph, NY/Central HS) led the team with 10 points, but no other player was in double figures. Reid Wallace (Spring/Tomball HS) and Robert Williams (Dallas/Kimball HS) each had five rebounds.
The Cardinals connected on 44.4 percent of their field goal attempts, went 5-of-18 from three-point range and were 17-for-25 at the foul line. Dionelle Rucker led the team with 19 points and five boards off the bench while making all eight of his field goal tries. Center Ian Markolf added 12 points, seven rebounds and four blocks while having a strong defensive game. Darrell Southworth and Denzel Livingston each scored in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
After Saturday’s home game, the Javelinas will play four straight road games before returning home on February 4 against Texas A&M-Commerce. They close out the season with four of their final six games at home.