Rams defeat No. 13

Basketball: Boys now in three-way tie for second place

By Andy Atterbury
On February 4, 2011

  • Senior Richard Thomas goes for two points at Saturday’s game against Incarnate Word. Pam Belcher
  • Senior Richard Thomas goes for two points at Saturday’s game against Incarnate Word. Pam Belcher

The Rams (8-10) (4-2) took the court Saturday, Jan. 29 against No. 13 ranked Incarnate Word and prevailed 80-71

"It felt real good [to beat the No. 13 ranked team in the nation]," senior guard Steven Moore said.  "We're going through a lot of adversity right now and we overcame it tonight. We came together as a team, we shared the ball, and we got the win."

Moore led the way with 26 points and four assists. Senior forward Rich Thomas was right behind with 25 points and 11 rebounds, giving him a double-double.

"I'm just really pleased with my guys," Head Coach Fred Rike said. "We played well together and I'm proud of them."

Both teams kept the first half close, the largest lead coming after a Joey Lenox three pointer gave the Rams an eight-point lead with 3:24 remaining. The Rams went in to the half leading 37-31.

Junior forward LaDonn Huckaby also had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Right out of the gate, the Rams kept scoring in the second half. Five minutes in they built a 16-point lead over the Cardinals. Incarnate Word got within one point of the lead with 5:23 remaining in the game but never pulled ahead in the second half.

 "We talked about the first five minutes [of the second half] being important," Rike said. "I thought we played a good first half, and I told them the first five minutes were very important. We had some lapses in the second half, but I thought we played hard."

Moore said the team's rebounding and getting to the free throw line helped get the win.

The win puts the Rams in a three-way tie for second place in the Lone Star Conference.

"We're 4-2 with a home game coming," Rike said. "If we can take care of the home court then we have a chance to make the playoffs."

There is a double dosage of Abilene Christian next week for the Rams. They play at home Friday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. and in Abilene Sunday at 4.

 "[There's] no time for complacency," Moore said. "We're happy about the win tonight and we're going to try to get the win against Abilene."


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