Free throws prove costly for Hogs as Cards surge late

Free throws prove costly for Hogs as Cards surge late

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If somethings free, take advantage; something the Texas A&M Kingsville men’s team now will remember when heading to the charity stripe and the game is on the line.
The Javelinas (8-9,4-6) couldn’t convert free throws, and couldn’t finish after having their worst shooting night of the season after a 59-55 loss to the University of Incarnate Word Cardinals (10-7, 5-4), who completed a two games in three days season sweep of AMK.
The Javelinas shot 33 percent from the field going 21-of-63 and 44 percent from the charity stripe (8-of-18) on the night including seven misses and no trips to the line for Ashton Brown, the nations top free-throw shooter.
“When you miss free-throws except for being up five now you’re up seven, you’re up nine. It‘s a difference maker,” head basketball coach Pete Peterson said, “we’ve been a great free throw shooting team all year. I don’t know what’s going on there but the games where we haven’t sunk free throws like tonight, Midwestern, Cameron; all games we could’ve won.”
The Cardinal size altered the Javelinas shots in the paint all game long with a big front court that had the size advantage in the deep post with UIW‘s Ian Markolf holding nearly five inches on AMK post players.
AMK led 47-42 with just over seven minutes to go but was quickly answered by a 8-2 run that gave the hogs a 50-49 lead with 4:09 remaining before the Cardinals didn’t allow a field goal for the next two minutes.
UIW led by as many as eight in the final minute but AMK could not muster a comeback.
“We lost two in a row and we need to step it up,” Peterson said, “ we played hard we just had a terrible shooting night from the field,”
Junior guard Ryan Layssard finished the night with 12 points, five assists and three steals to lead the team followed by Marcus Ford’s 12 points and Darryl Nash’s 11 off the bench.
The Cardinals shot 39.3 percent from the field, made 1-of-11 from three-point range and were 14-of-19 at the charity stripe.
Dionelle Rucker led the team with 18 points off the bench to go along with eight boards and two assists. Markolf had 10 points and eight rebounds while altering a number of shots on defense.
Shaun Umeh and Chris Johnson each added nine points whil the Cards pulled down three more rebounds than the Hogs giving them a 44-41 edge.
The Javelinas will be on the road Monday as they take on St. Mary‘s in a rematch of a close game in which the Rattlers won a late put-back.