Posted: Feb 14, 2013 1:26 PM
KINGSVILLE, Texas-The Texas A&M-Kingsville men's basketball team found the best remedy to ending a 4-game losing streak was a return home to Kingsville Hampton Inn Court where the Javelinas held on to down Tarleton State 56-55 Wednesday night.
Kingsville (10-10, 6-7) had to hold off a frantic rally by the Texans (14-7, 7-6) to earn the win. The Javelinas move to 9-4 at home.
Daymon Warren's 3-point play with 4:23 remaining gave Kingsville its largest lead of the game at 11 points, 56-45. The Javelinas, however, would not score again.
Led by Chuck Guy, the Texans stormed back with a 10-0 run. Guy had eight points in the run including a 3-point basket and an old-fashioned 3-point play.
After a missed 3-point shot by Jamahl Brown with 10 seconds left, Guy had an opportunity to give the visitors the late lead. He drove toward the hoop from the right of the lane with less than five seconds only to have his shot blocked by Adonis Bailey from behind. The ball landed out of bounds with four-tenths of a second left.
TSU tried to lob the ball into the lane off the in-bounds play but the play was broken up by the Javelinas as the horn sounded.
In the first half Kingsville led by three early at 11-8 following a 3-point play by Dytrel Bracey.
The Texans s responded with a 6-0 run capped by Brian Word to lead 14-11 with 10:13 left in the half.
The visitors' lead was short lived as the Javelinas responded with a 13-0 run. After a jump by Bailey made it a 14-13 game, Reid Wallace gave his team the lead when he knocked down a trey. The Javelinas would not trail again in the opening half.
Wallace added a 2-point jumper and Brown, who had a team-high 18 in the game, added four in the spurt. Brown's jumper gave the Hoggies a 24-14 lead with 5:33 remaining.
The Javelinas would take a 31-25 lead into the intermission.
The Texans reclaimed the lead less than four minutes into the second half opening with an 11-2 run to take a 36-33 advantage.
The game remained tight through the first eight minutes of the half.
Down a point, Wallace again gave the Javelinas a lead, 42-41 with a long-range shot with 12:33 to go. The shot began a 13-0 run. Brown had eight points in the spurt including a dunk for a 51-41 lead with 7:09 remaining.
Kingsville would maintain a lead of at least eight points until Tarleton began its final comeback that fell short.
Aside from Brown's 18 points - and three steals - off the bench, Bailey was the only other Javelina with double digits recording 11. He added two swipes. Warren finished with nine points off the bench and a team-best eight rebounds for Kingsville, which shot 47.1% from the floor. The Hogs outscored the visitors bench by 20, 32-12.
Kingsville struggled with fouls throughout the night. The Javelinas were called for 26 personal fouls that limited the minutes and production of two starting guards Rashad Basey and Dwight Taylor. Basey the team's top scorer at over 15 points a game had four points in the first minutes of the game but did not score again. Taylor had four fouls and no points.
The aggressive Hogs finished the night with a season-high nine blocks. Adam Mughmaw had two, while seven others added one.
Guy was the lone Texan in double figures and the lone player to have more than three field goals as they shot 46.3% from the floor. TSU stayed in the game on glass and at the foul line. They outrebounded Kingsville 34-25 led by Jon Cathey-Macklin and hit 16-of-29 free throws. The Javelinas went to the line just 10 times.
Kingsville next faces A&M-Commerce on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Commerce.
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