Posted: Jan 19, 2013 8:03 PM
Updated: Jan 19, 2013 8:04 PM
KINGSVILLE, Texas - Rashad Basey led the way with 24 points and the Texas A&M-Kingsville men's basketball team held off a second-half rally by Abilene Christian for a 74-65 win giving Javelina head coach Pete Peterson his 100th Lone Star Conference victory on Saturday at Kingsville Hampton Inn Court.
With the win, A&M-Kingsville moves to 5-3 in the conference and is 9-6 overall. The Wildcats drop to .500 and are 2-6 in the LSC.
The Javelinas shot lights out in the first 20 minutes hitting 61% of their shots hitting 5-of-7 three-point shots, while limiting ACU to 24.1% from the floor.
Leading 13-9 with 11:17 left in the first half, Kingsville closed out the half by outscoring the visitors 25-9 to lead 38-18. Basey had 12 points in the half, while Dwight Taylor had nine. Taylor was 3-of-3 from behind the arc.
ACU trailed 15 points, 43-28, early in the second half when a pair of free throws by Eric Lawton started an 8-0 run. The run was bolstered by a technical foul on Marshal Bonds that led to six points in 11 seconds including five by Elliott Lloyd. Lloyd's three with 14:51 remaining made it 43-36.
Jamahl Brown pushed the Javelina advantage back to 10 points by converting a 3-point play with 13:20 left. Dytrel Bracey later extended it back to 13, 54-41, at the midpoint with layup.
ACU worked its way back into the contest with a 14-4 spurt to pull within 58-55 with 5:35 left on a Lawton layin.
With the Javelinas up by four, Reid Wallace sealed the win with three-point basket from the right corner with just under two minutes. ACU would get no closer.
While Basey led Kingsville with 24 points, five others had seven or more points. Adonis Bailey and Taylor each had nine, while Adam Mughmaw, Brown and Bracey had seven apiece. The Javelinas shot 53.2% from the floor and was 18-of-29 from the line. The hosts outscored the ACU bench 20-5. Bonds had four blocked shots as TAMUK finished with eight as a team.
ACU had four players in double figures led by Steven Werner and Lawton with 17 apiece. Dosh Simms, who had a first half technical, had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Lloyd added 11. The Wildcats finished 32.8% from the floor and were 23-of-34 from the floor including 20-of-27 in the second half. Led by Simms, ACU outrebounded the Javelinas 43-30 in the game and 25-13 in the final half.
Kingsville stays at home to host Incarnate Word on Wednesday at 8 p.m. following the women at 6 p.m. The game will be IBC Pack the House Night.
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