The Texas A&M University men’s basketball team began the 2014-2015 season with a win against the Lake Erie Strom in a double overtime thriller 96-93, giving new Head Coach Johnny Estelle a win on his debut, as the TAMUK crowd packed the house at Hampton Inn Court on Nov. 14.
TAMUK would go on to lose their next matchup on Nov. 16 against Henderson State, the Javelinas who were down as many as 14 points, managed to grab a 5 point lead but could not hold on, as the Reddies hung on to win 65-61.
In their matchup with the Storm, the Javelinas went up as many as 10 points in the first half, before Lake Erie tied the game and would go on to take a 5 point lead before things were all tied up at the half.
Down the stretch of the game baskets were traded by both the Storm and the Javelinas.
With Jamar Goodwin and Jordan Jahr catching fire for TAMUK, so did Jamil Dudley for the Storm who finished with 30-points in the night. With TAMUK leading by 3 with seconds remaining, Dudley connected on his fifth three-pointer to force the second OT of the night.
In the second OT, it was Jordan Jahr and Troy Jones who scored 8 points in the overtime periods and led their team to victory.
“We executed down the stretch and the free throws were crucial,” said Estelle. “I am extremely proud of our guys putting together the effort they did. We came up with some huge stops and make shots when we needed to.
Up next for TAMUK, was HSU, who took control from the opening tip not allowing the Javelinas to get into rhythm. After taking a commanding 14-point lead into halftime, TAMUK would look to respond through Goodwin and Jahr. The two would combine for 34 points in the loss.
After holding the HSU scoreless during a 5 minute stretch to start the second half. they would finally connect on a three-pointer for its second field goal of the second half to take a 45-40 lead just minutes into the half. The Reddies bounced back in the homestretch and the Javelinas could not convert as HSU sealed the victory, 65-61.
We were not prepared today and we did not play to the best of our ability against a tough opponent,» Estelle said. «The defense was not as good as it needed to be and the five three-pointers Kevin Kozan hit really kept Henderson State in the game. I believe we will bounce back. We will continue to improve as a unit.»
Up next for the Javelinas, will be St. Mary’s University, where TAMUK will look to bounce back with a win, before they travel on the road to Edinburg.
“We can’t let this one drag on we need to look at film and learn from mistakes and turn the page,” Estelle said. We need to get ready to play and if we turn the page and get to work the next day, we will have a chance to win.”