Rams outscore Lions

Ram Basketball takes down the Texas A&M Commerece lions

By Rosanna Aguilera
On February 15, 2018

Photo by Marsalis Mahome
Ran Tut, senior forward, shoots past the defenders to the basket. Tut scored four points in the game against Tarleton State.

The Rams basketball team defeated the Texas A&M Commerce Lions 82-66 in the Junell Center Thursday night.

After this game, the Rams have an overall record of 17-6 and are 8-5 in the Lone Star Conference.

Four Rams scored in the double digits.

Senior Brandon Williams had 12 points and six rebounds.

Junior Ja’Michael Brown had 17 points, including three three-pointers and eight assists.

"The game went in our favor with us playing hard and just doing what we have to do," Brown said.

Junior Antonio Singleton scored 11 points, including three shots from behind the arc and five rebounds.

Junior Kiair Crouch scored four three pointers giving him 12 points on the night.

"It’s interesting with Kiair [Crouch]," Boone said. "Our guys kind of give him a hard time when they see him making threes on tape, asking ‘where’s that Kiair been?’ because the last couple weeks he has not shot the ball as well as we know he can."

Boone said Crouch made some big shots for them during the game.

"If we’ll share the ball and be able to get inside-out shots, we have good shooters," Boone said.

Boone said the players have really bought into sharing the ball.

"That’s why we always have different leading scorers," Boone said. "I love that fact that you don’t know who’s going to lead us in scoring."

Brown said the games go well when the team is sharing the ball.

"Everyone gets involved; it motivates the team to do the things that need to be done, like rebounding," Brown said.

Boone said they had to make a few adjustments during the game.

"We had 10 turnovers at halftime; that was the biggest key going into the game," Boone said. "To have 10 (turnovers) at halftime is obviously something I strongly talk to them about."

Boone said they did a better job of ball protection in the second half, but they slacked off again later.

"I wish they would have finished the right way in terms of taking care of the ball but I thought in the first 16 minutes or so they protected the ball better," Boone said.

Brown said the team needs to continue to stay on the same page as a team and listen to the coaches and realize this is the real season now.

"Everything else doesn’t matter," Brown said. "This is the ending so we have to close out strong so we can get a good enough seed and make some noise."

Boone said they know they have the talent to beat these teams.

"We’re trying to keep them positive knowing we can play with anybody," Boone said.

The Rams will be back at the Junell Center on Feb. 22 to face Eastern New Mexico University at 7:30 p.m.

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