Jan 18, 2014 9:26 PM by Texas A&M Kingsville
CANYON, Texas - The Texas A&M-Kingsville men's basketball travelled to West Texas seeking its first Lone Star Conference win of the season, but ran into a hot-shooting West Texas A&M squad that hit over 68% of its shots in the second half en route to an 82-59 loss.
With the loss, Kingsville falls to 5-11 on the season and is 0-4 in the LSC. West Texas picks up its first LSC win of the season and is 8-7 overall.
The Javelinas trailed by eight early in the first half, but pulled back to within three, 17-14, as Irvin Hollinger converted a 3-point play. Mike Evans made it 20-19 moments later when he hit a jumper with six minutes remaining in the half.
West Texas claimed an 11-point lead, 37-26, at the intermission as the Buffs closed out the half with a 17-9 spurt.
Kingsville made it an 8-point game in the second half on a Daymon Warren basket three minutes into the period but would get no closer.
After an 8-0 run by the Buffs helped extend the hosts lead to 18, the Hoggies attempted one last charge. The visitors cut their deficit to 10 points, 66-56 with five minutes remaining with a 14-6 run. Jordan Jahr, who had a team-high 18 points, scored six points and Ronald Scott three.
West Texas permitted just three more Javelina points the rest of the way finishing the game on a 16-3 run.
Jahr, who also had a team-best seven rebounds, led Kingsville with 18 points and was the lone Javelina in double figures. Rashad Basey, who was held scoreless in the first half, McDew and Scott all had eight points. Kingsville finished 36.5% from the floor, but had just 10 turnovers.
David Duncan led the hosts with 20 points, while Drimir Ferguson had 12 points. Miles Gatewood and Tez Dumars had 10 each. Duncan had a game-high nine boards as WT won the rebounding war 38-27.
The Javelinas return home on Wednesday to face Cameron on IBC Bank Pack the House and Student Spirit Night. The game will start at 8 p.m. following the women's contest.