Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:42 PM
Updated: Jan 16, 2013 10:46 PM
SAN ANGELO, Texas - The Texas A&M-Kingsville men's basketball team had its three-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday night on the road at Angelo State in an 81-67 loss to the Rams at the Junell Center.
With the loss, the Javelinas fall to 4-3 in the Lone Star Conference and are now 8-6 overall. The Rams are now 5-10 on the year and 2-5 in the league.
Kingsville led 37-35 at the break, but the hosts opened the final half with six straight points to take a 41-35 lead.
The Javelinas would find themselves down seven, 54-47, with just over 13 minutes to go before making a 9-0 run. The spurt enabled Kingsville to take a brief 56-54 lead as Jamahl Brown converted a 3-point play with 8:53 to go. Brown had a game-high 17 points.
ASU responded with a 13-2 run to take a 9-point lead, 69-63, with 4-1/2 minutes remaining. Kingsville pulled to within six points on an old-fashioned, 3-point play by Adam Mughmaw. The Javelinas would be outscored 12-4 the rest of the way.
The hosts took advantage of a disparity at the foul line. The Rams finished 33-of-39 at the foul line for 84.6%, while Kingsville went to the line just 31 times hitting 21. The hosts, who shot over 61% in the second half, also outscored the Javelinas 21-6 on points off turnovers.
In the opening 20 minutes Kingsville limited the Rams to just 36% shooting from the floor, while hitting 57% of their shots.
The Javelinas used the hot shooting to build a 10-3 lead and twice led by six points later in the half as - the last time with just over five minutes remaining in the half.
Angelo was able to stay in the game early with solid shooting at the foul line and winning the turnover battle. ASU hit 14-of-17 first half free throws and committed just three turnovers while forcing the Javelinas into nine.
Foul trouble was a major issue for the Javelinas. Leading scorer Rashad Basey, who was the reigning player of the week in the LSC, was limited to just two points in 12 minutes of play.
Aside from Brown's 17 points, Reid Wallace and Mughmaw each had 14 points in the contest. Mughmaw just missed his second double-double of the season as he had nine boards to lead all players.
Bryan Hammond led five Rams in double digits with 17 points as the hosts finished 46.5% from the floor which was the second highest by a Javelina foe this season. Kingsville had limited opposing teams to under 38% from the floor entering the game which was third in the nation. Dakota Rawls added 14 points, Chris Talkington 13, and Jovan Austin 12. Zach Jones added 10.
The Hoggies return home to Kingsville Hampton Inn Court on Saturday to host Abilene Christian at 3 p.m.
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