Men’s basketball team defeats rival in nail biter game against Texans

Rams gain wins over Tarleton and Commerce

By Rosanna Aguilera
On February 8, 2019

Photo by Axel Marcenaro: Marcel Pettway, junior, meets with fans after the close game against Tarleton State University. Pettway scored 10 points against Tarleton.


The ASU men’s basketball team won two games on Jan. 31 and Feb. 2 against Tarleton State University and Texas A&M University Commerce.
In Thursday’s game, ASU defeated the Texans, their rivals 64-62.
Junior Ronald Bell led the team with 21 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 15-18 from the free-throw line.
Bell also made many important plays down the court for his team. He made free throws during the span of the game and converted two tip-ins down the stretch.
Junior Marcel Pettway also finished the game in double figures. He had a season high of 10 points and eight rebounds.
The entire game was close, as the teams never led more than six points ahead of the other.
Juniors Kiair Crouch, Daron Mims and Collin Turner scored over six points each. Turner hit primary free throws for the team, as well.
In Saturday’s game, the Rams won 81-67, earning another Lone Star Conference win.
After this game, the Rams moved themselves into a tie for second place in the conference. They have an overall record of 15-5 with an LSC record of 8-3.
By halftime, the Rams had a 20-point lead.
Mims led the team in this game with 17 points and six rebounds on 6-12 shooting for the field. He also added four rebounds and a steal in the game.
Bell and junior Antonio Singleton had double figures, as well. Bell shot for 7-10 from the field with 14 fields and six rebounds. Singleton had two 3-pointers and 3-4 free throws with a layup to end with 11 points. He added a rebound, assists and a steal as well.
Graduate student Valentine Sangoyomi, Pettway, junior James Kirksey and Crouch all played major roles for the Rams in the game.
Sangoyomi finished with nine points and seven rebounds in the 19 minutes he played.
Pettway and Kirksey had eight points and seven rebounds each. Kirksey also had three assists and two steals.
Crouch had seven points, two assists and two rebounds.
The Rams shot for 48 percent in the game with 18 successful free throws.
ASU will be back in the Junell Center on Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. to face Texas A&M University- Kingsville.


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