Nov 26, 2013 11:03 PM by TAMUK.COM
KINGSVILLE, Texas -- The Texas A&M-Kingsville men's basketball team earned its first home win of the season on Tuesday night combining a strong defensive effort with solid free throw shooting to sweep the season series with St. Edward's 79-69 victory on Kingsville Hampton Inn Court.
With the win, the Javelinas move to within a game of .500 at 3-4 heading into a rematch on Saturday with UTPB. The Hilltoppers drop to 3-4 on the season. Kingsville won last week's meeting 82-80.
The Javelinas led by as many as 14 in the first half holding the visitors to 32% shooting for much of the first half while hitting over 50% of their attempts. However, St. Edward's made a late run to cut its deficit to 38-32 by hitting 3-of-4 shots at one stretch after the final media timeout of the half.
In the second half, Kingsville hit just 9-of-25 from the floor but attacked the basket. The Hoggies were rewarded with 25 trips to the foul line. Kingsville hit 22-of-25 free throws in the half and was 29-of-35 in the game for 82.9%.
The Hilltoppers made a run at the Javelinas midway through the final half to pull within a point at 51-50 on a free throw by John Gramlich. The point capped a 10-3 run by the visitors.
Rashad Basey, who led the Javelinas with 24 points and was 10-of-12 at the charity stripe, and the Javelinas responded with a 9-2 run to take a 60-52 lead with 7:52 left.
St. Edward's would get no closer than five points the remainder of the evening.
Jordan Jahr, who hit a big three to make it an 11-point game with five minutes left, finished with 12 points. He added 10 boards for the first double-double by a Javelina this season as Kingsville won the rebounding war 44-40. The Hoggies have had the edge on the boards in all three wins and have lost the war in the four losses.
Robert Powell and Ta'Quan McDew just missed having double-doubles as well. Powell had nine points and nine rebounds, while McDew had nine points and eight rebounds. Ronald Scott also had nine points, while Irvin Hollinger had eight.
John Rutherford had 18 points off the bench for the visitors, while James Stukes was held to 11. Stukes had 22 in the first meeting.
The men head west to Odessa on Saturday for a rematch with UTPB. The Falcons won 106-89 last Friday in the Emerald Beach Hotel Javelina Classic. The tip is set for 3 p.m.