Posted: Jan 12, 2013 10:43 PM
Updated: Jan 15, 2013 5:45 PM
KINGSVILLE, Texas - Coming into Saturday's crucial Lone Star Conference matchup with West Texas A&M at Kingsville Hampton Inn Court, Dytrel Bracey was 0-of-4 from three-point range. On Saturday, Bracey was 2-for-2 behind the arc with the second proving to the biggest basket of the season for the Javelinas.
With time running down in overtime, the guard who joined the Javelinas at midyear took a pass from Rashad Basey. Bracey calmly drained a trey from the left wing. As Darnell Jackson's desperation shot rimmed out at the horn, the Javelinas rushed the floor in celebration.
With the win in OT, the Javelinas move to 8-5 overall and are 4-2 in the LSC, while the Buffaloes are now 10-4 on the year and 2-4 in the conference. The two teams will meet again in Canyon on Feb. 23.
In the first four minutes of the extra period neither side hit a basket from the floor. The Buffs took a 61-58 lead with 1:42.
After Bracey hit 1-of-2 free throws, Basey grabbed a missed shot by West Texas. He fed Jamahl Brown for a fast-break basket to tie the game at 61 in OT with 52 seconds left.
Kingsville got the ball back 35 seconds later as the Buffaloes were called for a shot clock violation to set up the Javelinas final possession. West Texas did not convert a field goal in OT.
The game nearly didn't get to overtime as the Buffs' Nate Drayton scored as the clock expired. The basket was originally ruled good for an apparent 57-55. The officials, however, went to the monitor to review the play. After about a 5-minute delay the basket was ruled no good sending the game to overtime.
For the game's first 32-plus minutes, Kingsville never trailed, but was unable to shake the visitors. After six ties, West Texas secured a 44-42 advantage on a trey by Kennon Washington.
The lead was short lived as after a free throw by Adonis Bailey, Basey hit a three-point basket for a 46-44 advantage.
Mason White tied the contest with a layin with 4:38 remaining.
After a pair of free throws by Brown gave Kingsville a two-point advantage, controversy ensued as the Javelinas were awarded a timeout by the officials during a scrum for a loose ball. Following a lengthy delay, Kingsville maintained possession despite the West Texas A&M protest that the Javelinas did not have possession to call timeout.
On ensuing possession, Reid Wallace knocked down a three for a 51-46 advantage with three minutes to go. The Hoggies extended the lead to seven as Wallace tipped in a miss by Brown with 1:45 left.
Still the Buffs would not go away.
While Kingsville struggled with its foul shooting hitting just 2-of-4 in the final 1:35 as it tried to seal the win, Washington hit a jumper in the lane to make it 54-50 with 1:22 left.
After forcing Basey to turn the ball over, Darnell Jackson made it a one possession game with 37 seconds left by hitting a pair of free throws.
With a chance to make it a two-point game, Basey missed the first free throw. A successful second free throw with 34 seconds left made it 55-52. It was his lone miss on the day in six attempts.
Tez Dumars tied the game at with a three with nine seconds left with a three-point bucket.
With just over five seconds left, Bailey looked to hit a game-winning shot, but was stripped by Washington. Washington fed Drayton for his runner that was waved off after review.
Basey, who had a season-high 30 last time out, led all scorers with 18 points. Brown finished with 13 and Bracey 10 as TAMUK's bench outscored the visitors 25-5. Basey also had game-highs in assists with five and steals with three.
The Javelinas finished the game at 43.5% from the floor, while the defense limited the Buffs to 40%. Kingsville had 9 treys on 14 attempts to four in 14 attempts for the visitors.
Washington led the hosts with 16, while Donald Sims had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. White added 11.
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