KINGSVILLE (Javelina Athletics) - In front of almost 1,000 screaming elementary students, junior Rashad Basey erupted for 20 second half points Thursday afternoon helping the Texas A&M-Kingsville men's basketball team to sprint past Eastern New Mexico in the final 20 minutes for an 82-63 win on Kingsville Hampton Inn Court.
Playing in front of students from several schools in Kingsville and the surrounding communities as part of the inaugural "Living the Dream" promotion, the Javelinas improved to 7-5 and 3-2 in the Lone Star Conference. They outscored the Greyhounds (5-8, 2-3) 45-28 in the second half breaking open a 37-35 lead at the break.
It took a few minutes for the Javelinas to get going defensively in the second half and ENMU took an early 45-43 lead on a Kyle Lantz 3-point basket – one of nine on the day for the visitors.
However, once the Javelinas got the defense turned up Kingsville went on a decisive 18-2 run. Basey, who would finish with 30 points in the game, had 11 points in the spurt including seven straight Javelina points as TAMUK took a 63-47 lead with 7:39 left.
The Greyhounds twice cut the deficit to nine points but could get no closer.
Kingsville shot a season-high 54.2% from the floor for the game including 58.6% (17-of-29) in the second half. Defensively, after letting the ENMU shoot 56.5% in the first half to stay within two at the break, Kingsville held them to 28% shooting in the final period showing why the Hoggies have one of the top defenses in the nation. Basey held Rodney Blackmon to two points. Blackmon entered as the Lone Star Conference's third-leading scorer with over 16 points a game.
Basey's 30-point performance was the first by a member of the Javelinas
since Ashton Brown had 32 in back-to-back games last November against
St. Edward's and St. Mary's. Three other Javelinas also tallied double
digits. Dwight Taylor had 13, Adam Mughmaw 12 and Adonis Bailey 10. Reid
Wallace and Mughmaw led the Javelinas with five rebounds each as
Kingsville won the rebounding war 39-29. Kingsville turned 16 offensive
boards into 23 second-chance points.
Rafael Love led the visitors with 20 points, while Kyle Lantz had 12 and Greg McFarland 10. McFarland led all players with seven boards.
The Javelinas will look to move to 3-0 in their current homestand when they host West Texas A&M on Saturday at 3 p.m. on Kingsville Hampton Inn in the SPEC.
The Texas A&M-Kingsville women's basketball team suffered tough Lone Star Conference loss as it fell to the Eastern New Mexico Zias, 65-58, Thursday morning during the "Live the Dream: You Can Go To College" game.
More than 1,000 elementary school students from the surrounding area were in attendance.
After a back-and-forth clash in the first half, Eastern New Mexico took a 10-point lead in the second half, causing the Javelinas to go scoreless for eight minutes in the second half.
Kingsville made a late run to pull as close as five points, 60-55, with 27 seconds left as Breanna Gonzales hit a pair of free throws. The Hoggies could get no closer.
The Javelinas shot 35 percent from the field, but only hit 2-of-14 three pointers.
Eastern New Mexico had 26 turnovers compared to Kingsville's 17. However, the Zias had 10 steals.
Three Javelinas led the team with double figures, scoring the majority of the points. Ashley Viera scored 14 points followed by Brandi Clark with 12 and Kaitlyn Lowen with 10 points.
Tara Johnson led the visitors with 15 points.
Kingsville will be back on the Kingsville Hampton Inn Court Saturday when they host West Texas A&M at 1 p.m.