Posted: Jan 24, 2013 1:16 PM
Updated: Jan 24, 2013 1:17 PM
KINGSVILLE, Texas - Texas A&M-Kingsville's Adonis Bailey and Incarnate Word's Denzel Livingston put on a shooting exhibition Wednesday night as the duo combined for 48 points and eight three-point baskets in nine attempts in the first of two meetings between the two Lone Star Conference rivals on Wednesday night in front of 1,343 fans as part of IBC Pack the House Night at Kingsville Hampton Inn Court.
In the end it was Livingston and the Cardinals (11-6, 7-2) who pulled out the 74-71 win over the Javelinas (9-7, 5-4) in a meeting of two of the top four teams in the league. Livingston finished with 26 points on 9-of-11 shooting, while the Hoggies' Bailey tallied a career-high 22 points on 9-of-9 shooting from the floor.
The game was tight through the final 15 minutes of play and not decided until the waning moments. With the game tied at 65 with just over four minutes to go, Bailey and Livingston heated up trading a pair of three-point baskets.
Tied at 71 with a minute left, Kyle Hittle stole the ball allowing Incarnate Word ran down the clock. With 13 seconds left, Lyn'Dale Brown scored on a drive to the basket for a 73-71 lead.
On the ensuing possession, Rashad Basey pulled up for a jumper on the baseline but it was no good with seven seconds left.
After Brown hit 1-of-2 free throws to make it 74-71, the Javelinas had one more chance as Daymon Warren grabbed the rebound. With just over two seconds on the clock, Reid Wallace threw a long pass to Warren who was fouled. He missed the free throw and Kingsville was unable to grab the loose ball and attempt a last second shot to tie.
Kingsville took the early lead with a 12-0 run for a 16-4 advantage at the 12:37 mark as Bailey had eight points in the first 7-1/2 minutes.
The Cardinals answered right back with a 15-2 run taking its first lead of the game at 19-18 on a basket by Hittle.
Warren scored in back-to-back trips down the court and Basey hit a floater for a 24-21 advantage with 4:25 remaining in the half. The Javelinas would take a 29-23 advantage into the locker room with a 7-2 run to end the half.
Aside from Bailey's 22 points, Warren had a career-best 15 points and Basey added 15 points to go with seven assists. Warren just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Marshall Bonds had three blocks giving him seven in the last two games. Bonds was one of three Kingsville players with two steals. Dwight Taylor, who struggled with foul troubles in the second half, Jamahl Brown each had two.
After stifling UIW in the first half with 38.5% shooting, the Cardinals warmed up in the second half hitting 63.3% and finished at 51.8% for the game. They are just the second team to shoot better than 50% in a game against the Javelinas.
Aside from Livingston's game-high 26, Dionelle Rucker, who leads the LSC in scoring, had 13 points. All of Rucker's points came as UIW warmed up in the second half causing foul trouble for the Javelinas. Hittle added 10 points.
The same two teams will meet again on Saturday in San Antonio at 4 p.m.
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