Posted: Feb 23, 2013 9:02 PM
Updated: Feb 23, 2013 9:38 PM
CANYON, Texas - When the Javelinas and Buffaloes got together in Kingsville in early January the contest went down to the final possession in regulation and in overtime to determine.
Therefore the fact that Saturday's rematch in Canyon between the Texas A&M-Kingsville men's basketball team and West Texas A&M went down to final possession should come as no surprise.
Like the Javelinas' Dytrel Bracey who hit a game-winning shot on Kingsville Hampton Inn Court for the win, it was West Texas' Mason White who scored at the buzzer for the hosts to hand the Hoggies a 57-56 defeat.
Kingsville is now 11-12 overall, while the Buffs are 15-9. Both teams are 7-9 in the LSC.
The game was tight throughout with the largest lead in the first half being five points by West Texas, while Kingsville's largest lead was four early in the second half. The two sides exchanged the lead 14 times with four ties.
The Javelinas led for much of the final four minutes.
After breaking a tie at 47 with 3:40 left with a drive to the basket, Daymon Warren pushed the Javelinas advantage to 51-48 with 2:45 left.
Free throws would prove to be difference in the game. West Texas was 16-of-19 from the line, while Kingsville finished just 4-of-11.
West Texas' Darnell Jackson pulled the hosts back to within a point at 51-50 with 2:28 to go with a pair of free throws.
Jamahl Brown, who finished with 14 points, had a chance to answer with two of his own but missed the second try from the line with for a 52-50 lead with 2:16 left.
Tez Dumars drained a 3-point bucket with 1:44 to five the Buffs the lead.
After a pair of Kennon Washington free throws handed the hosts a 55-52 lead with 1:01 left Kingsville responded.
After Dytrel Bracey found Adam Mughmaw for a layup, Dwight Taylor came up with a steal and converted the fast-break bucket for a 56-55 Javelina lead with 20 seconds left. It was Taylor's only basket of the game.
The Buffs called a timeout with 17 seconds left to set up the final play.
In a game where the other four Javelina starters managed a combined 17 points, Reid Wallace kept his team in the contest with 17 points of his own. He was 4-of-8 from behind the arc and Kingsville was 8-of-16 from three in the game. Aside from Brown's 14, Mughmaw and Warren each had eight as TAMUK hit 60.9% from the floor in the second half. Dwight Taylor had a team-best six assists.
Kingsville had a season-low six assists, while West Texas finished with 15.
Jackson led the Buffs with 15 points, while White added 11. Donald Sims had 10 points and finished with 15 rebounds - three less than Kingsville had as a team. The Buffs won the rebounding war 37-18.
The Javelinas close out the home portion of their schedule this Wednesday against Angelo State on Kingsville Hampton Inn Court.
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