Posted: Mar 2, 2013 10:55 PM
Updated: Mar 2, 2013 10:56 PM
ABILENE, Texas - The Texas A&M-Kingsville men's basketball team ruined Abilene Christian's final game as member of the Lone Star Conference and NCAA Division II team with an 83-76 Saturday night at Moody Coliseum.
The Javelinas finished the regular season with a 13-12 overall record and 9-9 LSC mark as they led wire-to-wire over the Wildcats. ACU finished 12-14 on the year and 6-12 in the LSC.
Kingsville will face Incarnate Word on Thursday night in the final game of the opening round at 8:30. The Javelinas fell in a pair of tight contests to the Cardinals in back-to-back games in January.
Rashad Basey led the way for the Javelinas with 18 points, while Jamahl Brown and Marshall Bonds had 12 and 11 points off the bench, respectively. Kingsville shot 54.2% in the game including 64.7% in the second half. The 83 points were a season-high for the Javelinas and the bench outscored the ‘Cats 44-19.
The game was tight in the opening half after ACU's Steve Werner hit a pair of foul shots to make it a 12-10 contest with 13:26 remaining in the first half.
Kingsville then took control with a 13-2 run for a 13-point lead at 25-12. Thomas Diaz opened the run with five points in a row. Basey closed the run with a jumper and a 3-point basket.
After ACU cut Kingsville's lead to eight, 25-17, the Javelinas doubled their advantage to 16 points in the final five minutes of the half. Basey and Reid Wallace ended the half with a pair of treys as Kingsville 40-24 at the intermission.
In the second half, Daymon Warren scored 5-straight points midway through the half as Kingsville built a 19-point lead, 60-41.
Wallace's three with 5:37 remaining helped Kingsville maintain a 16-point margin, 66-50.
ACU would close the game with a 22-12 run to pull within 78-72 with 36 seconds left. However, Dytrel Bracey hit four free throws in a row to seal the win.
Eric Lawton led ACU with 28 points, while Elliot Lloyd had 18.
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