Coming off their first conference win of the season, the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Javelinas (4-3, 1-1) came up short as missed shots and missed free throws proved to be the difference in the 67-64 loss to visiting Midwestern State Mustangs (5-2,2-0), Saturday Nov. 1 at Kingsville Hampton Inn Court.
With the loss, the Javelinas were unable to pick up their second conference win of the season and they end their five-game home stand with a 3-2 mark.
“We had a couple of lapses in the game, and in this conference against teams like them [Mustangs] you can’t have those lapses,” Javelinas Head Coach Pete Peterson said.
The Javelinas started strong as they opened the game with an 11-3 run, but that quickly disappeared as the Mustangs responded with a 9-0 run of their own to tie the game.
That, too, was short-lived as the Hogs would mimic the Mustangs with a 10-point run to take a 21-11 lead with 7:21 remaining in the first half.
Both teams would continue to fight hard in the first half as the Mustangs would bring the Hogs lead down to one with 1:21 left in the
half, but both teams would hold each other scoreless for most of the remaining time. The Javelinas’ Jamahl Brown would end the half with a three-pointer as time expired to send the Hogs into halftime with a 34-30 lead.
In the first half the Javelinas shot 56 percent from the floor, while their defense was able to hold the Mustangs to 29 percent shooting.
The second half would be the nearly same as the first half for both teams.
The Mustangs started the half with a 10-2 run to take a 40-36 lead early in the second half,.The Hogs then had an 11-3 run to take a 47-43 lead.
After both teams tied up the game at 48 points apiece with 10:17 remaining the Javelinas would fail to regain the lead.
The Javelinas would come within one point of the Mustangs with 1:09 left in the game, but thanks in part to two missed free throws from the Javelinas they would not be able to capitalize and take the lead.
Following two made free throws from the Mustangs the Javelinas had one last chance for a last minute three, but Reid Wallace would get his inbound pass stolen to secure the Mustangs slim 67-64 win over the Javelinas.
The Javelinas, in the second half, shot 37 percent from the floor and overall 47 percent for the game.
The Hogs were led by Jamahl Brown with 14 points to go with three assist and also chipping in was Rashad Basey with 11 points six assist and three steals.
“I thought our defense was solid all game long, we just missed some shots and a lot of free throws,” Peterson said.
The Javelinas went 12-28 from the free throw line in the game shooting 42 percent from the stripe.
With the Javelinas playing their final home game of the semester they end the first part of season before break with a two-game road trip against St. Edward’s (4-5) and Texas A&M- International (3-2).
The Javelinas start their trip today as they head up to Austin to play the Hilltoppers of St. Edward’s with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Hogs are not at home again until Jan. 5 when they host Texas A&M-Commerce at 7 p.m.