Loss sends AMK to Allen on bad note

Loss sends AMK to Allen on bad note

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The regular season is in the books and destination Allen is on the Horizon for the eight Lone Star Conference teams who qualified.

Texas A&M Kingsville, which currently sits at No. 6 in the LSC, qualified for the tournament last week following a win over Angelo State but will backpedal into the tournament after losing their final game on the road 80-70 over Abilene Christian.

Abilene Christian plays through February 25 and is still in the hunt for the eight spot but remain three games back of the Javelinas.

As for the Javelinas, they will not find out who their opening round opponent will be until the 29 with some other seeds still to be decided, but all roads seem to point to a date with the Tarleton State Texans or the Midwestern State Mustangs.

Both teams swept the Javelinas during the season and both teams are ranked in the top ten, with MSU ranking No. 7 and TSU at No. 5.

The Javelinas will have to end their late-game droughts as Saturday’s game ended with AMK going scoreless from the field for better than five minutes.

The Javelinas allowed ACU to shoot a blistering 69 percent from the field in the first half and had to battle back from 14 points down in the second half.

AMK would not get any closer than four points.

The Javelinas shot 44.8 percent from the field, made 8-of-22 from three-point range and were 10-for-12 at the foul line.

Ryan Layssard had 16 points, five assists and three steals while Williams had 16 points and a team high six rebounds on 7-of-9 shooting from the field.

Wallace added 10 points. The team forced 18 turnovers and grabbed 25 rebounds.

Going into the tournament Ashton Brown still leads the nation in free-throw percentage with better than 96 percent shooting from the charity stripe and leads the team with 14.5 points per game.

Ryan Layssard leads the team with 86 assists on the year.