Four games in eight days is going to show up eventually in one’s conditioning especially when the No. 9 team in all the land intends to run you to the brink.
The No. 9 Midwestern State Mustangs used an 8-0 run to pull away from a fatigued Texas A&M Kingsville Men’s basketball squad, 71-50, Saturday afternoon at Kingsville Hampton Inn Court.
“I knew there was a good chance we could come out fired up but we were never fired-up; we were just off a little bit.” head basketball coach Pete Peterson said, “they (MSU) are a quality team, there is a reason they are No. 9 in the nation and have only two losses, but I know we can play better.”
After the loss the Javelinas still hold a three-game lead over the currently eighth seeded Angelo State Rams, who AMK hosts this Wednesday night for senior night.
The Javelinas (11-14, 6-9) went into the half trailing 28-25 in a low-scoring affair with five three-point shots by the Mustangs (20-2, 13-2) as the most obvious difference as they shot the trey at 41.7 percent (5-of-12) from beyond the arc.
Ashton Brown took only four shots in the first half and Robert “Rillo” Williams was o-for-1 from the field in the first half.
Brown finished with seven points and Williams retired from the game with five points and an early foul out.
AMK shot 37 percent from the field and just 21 percent from beyond the arc going 3-of-14 on the day.
The Javelinas would open the second half and take a brief one-point lead but MSU’s size bothered the tired hogs as they were beat on the boards and turned the ball over a total of 17 times in the second half.
AMK was out-rebounded 39 to 27 with 17 of the Mustangs rebounds were of the offensive persuasion, displaying why the Hogs rank last in the conference in rebounds.
Ryan Layssard led the way for the Javelinas scoring twelve points and dishing out just four assists, Marshal Bonds III had ten points and two blocks.
Nobody else reached double-digit scoring.
For MSU David Terrel was a force with 15 points going 7-of-10 from the field followed by Kevin Grayer and JaMichael River who had a combined 21 points
MSU shot 47 percent and pulled ahead with the long ball dropping in nine three pointers in 21 attempts.
“We have senior night Wednesday. We got Marcus Ford and “Rillo” Williams; two guys who have sweat and bled for this program,” Peterson said, “So we need to get people out here and we’re going to have our legs back. I want to go into the playoffs on a high note.