Feb 15, 2014 11:35 PM by Texas A&M Kingsville
KINGSVILLE, Texas - For much of the first half on Saturday, the Texas A&M-Kingsville men's basketball team appeared locked in on what it needed to do to slow fourth-ranked Tarleton State in a game televised by CSN Houston at Wisdom Gymnasium on Saturday. However a late first half surge carried over into the second half for the Texans en route to a 94-58 win.
The Javelinas (8-15, 3-8) were dictating the pace of play early staying within striking distance as the lead changed 11 times in the opening period. Ronald Scott keyed the early success and his assist on a Daymon Warren basket gave Kingsville an 18-17 lead with 8:45 left in the half.
Kingsville was within two points late in the half after Ta'Quan McDew hit a pair of foul shots and Adonis Bailey went 1-of-2 from the stripe with 3:11 left to pull the visitors within 30-28.
However, the Javelinas suffered a blow when Ronald Scott was forced to the bench due to an injury and did not return until the second half. With Scott out, the Javelinas, who were missing Rashad Basey - the team's top scorer and the LSC's second-best scorer - because of an injury, allowed an 11-0 run to close the half as the Texans led 41-28 at the break.
Kingsville could not make a run at Tarleton in the second half and the hosts went on a 13-0 run five minutes into the half to take a 73-38 lead.
Despite the injury in the first half, Scott led Kingsville with 23 points just missing his career best of 24. Irvin Hollinger finished with 11 points off the bench. The Javelinas finished at 38% from the floor in the game.
De'Andre Upchurch led four Texans in double figures with 21 points and was 6-of-6 from 3-point range. Chuck Guy added 18 points and a career-high 14 assists. Tashawn Mabry finished with 13 off the bench and Davene Carter tallied 11 points. Tarleton shot an impressive 65.4% from the field and was 11-of-16 from 3-point range.
The Hoggies travel to Cameron on Wednesday for an 8 p.m. tilt before returning to the Steinke Physical Education Center on Saturday to face Midwestern State at 3 p.m. on Kingsville Hampton Inn Court.