Texas A&M-Kingsville men’s basketball team broke even after a 61-46 loss in the Holiday Inn Emerald Beach Thanksgiving Classic finale against McMurry Saturday at Kingsville Hampton Inn Court.
The War Hawks came out strong with an 8-0 lead, but the Javelinas battled back holding McMurry to tie up the game, 8-8. McMurry took over the half holding the Javelinas to just 19 points.
A second half game changer brought TAMUK within eight points. War Hawks post Kenny Williams was pulled out of the game by head coach Chris Beard after receiving a technical foul for use of profanity.
Again, the Javelinas shot over 50 percent at the line while shooting less than 50 percent in the field when the Javelinas have won. TAMUK went 8-for-21 at the line, proving when they do well at the line they tend to win.
Rashad Basey and Jamahl Brown led the team with nine points each.
Over half of the points scored came off the bench, and 10 of the 11 who played scored. Basey also led the team with four assists and one steal.
Defensively, Adam Mughmaw led the team with six rebounds.
TAMUK did however win the opener against Bacone College by a score of 85-55.
Reid Wallace led the Hogs, scoring 10 points, hitting two three-pointers and four from the field in the first half. Wallace continued his stretch
leading the team with 22 points, a season high for the team and a career high for the senior.
Basey and Brown joined Wallace with double digits, scoring 16 and 15 respectively. The team kept its momentum throughout the game. TAMUK shot just over 50 percent from the floor, shooting 87 percent at the free throw line.
The Jaavelinas host Cameron for their first Lone Star Conference game of the season Wednesday, Nov. 28. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m.