KINGSVILLE, Texas – A 15-point night from Will West, as well as 14 from Trey Sumpter, helped propel the Texas A&M-Kingsville men's basketball team (8-0, 1-0) past the Angelo State Rams (6-2, 0-1), 76-69, on Tuesday night at the Steinke Physical Education Center in Kingsville, Texas.
West and Sumpter were joined in double figures by Jacolby Harris, who contributed 11, and Robert Stevenson, who scored 10 to go with six rebounds and three blocks.
The Javelinas shot better than 50% from the floor while outrebounding their guests, 32-27. The TAMUK bench contributed 32 points and the home team forced 10 turnovers, which they turned into 17 points.
The Javelinas quickly found the range from the beyond the arc, scoring 12 of the game's first 17 points, with all 12 coming from downtown. West hit two triples while Sumpter and Cris Boulware each added one for a 12-5 lead. The response from Angelo State came in the form of an 11-4 run, capped by a trey from Will Adler to tie the score. Caelan Neal nailed two from the charity stripe and layup by Derrick Byrd pushed put the home team ahead by four.
Each team scored twice, then a Sumpter three sandwiched between buckets by ASU made the score 27-24 with just under six minutes until halftime. After Elton Dyer added two for the Hoggies, five straight points for the Rams evened things at 29. Harris untied the game with TAMUK's sixth three of the half before an ASU free throw brought the Rams to within two. An exchange of baskets kept the Javelina lead at two before Adler knocked down another triple for Angelo State's first lead of the night. A three by West and a layup by Singleton sent the teams to the half tied.
A layup by William Tchiengang began the second half scoring, but was answered by a trey from Sumpter. Two free throws by Neal put the Hogs up three and the response cam swiftly in the form of a Williams layup. The Rams took the lead when Adler canned a three and Harris responded with a three-point play. Dyer tossed in a trey and Williams brought the Rams to within two with a layup.
With 13:23 to play, a 6-0 spurt by the Javs gave them an eight-point edge, their largest lead of the night. That advantage was shaved to three courtesy of Adler, who hit again from deep, and Ja'Michael Brown, who converted two from the foul line.
After a three-pointer from Sumpter and a bucket by James Kirksey, each team added two. Layups by Stevenson and Dyer returned the Hogs' lead to eight, but Angelo sliced it to one with a 7-0 run, which Singleton concluded with his second three with 3:16 remaining. A back-and-forth battle ensued that had the squads still one point apart with less than 90 seconds remaining. A dunk by Stevenson then stretched TAMUK's lead to three and the Javs got a stop on defense. West tallied two with a layup and a free throw by Neal put the home team up by six. A three by Brown, who would finish with a game-high 17, brought ASU to within three, but they were unable to close that gap as the Javelinas wrapped up their eighth straight win.
Courtesy: TAMUK Athletics
Coach Johnny Estelle and his student-athletes will be in Austin on Saturday to take on St. Edward's at 4:00 p.m. Receive content for Texas A&M-Kingsville men's basketball by following @JavelinaMBB on Twitter and Instagram, like the official Facebook page of Javelina athletics (/JavelinaSports), and subscribing to the Javelina Athletics YouTube channel.
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