Close but no cigar; Rams fall 59-56 to Wildcats at home
Looking for rematch Jan. 26 in Abilene
The Rams' 5-12 record makes their chances of making the Lone Star Conference Championship Tournament contingent on a major winning streak from the Rams.
That streak needs to start against the Abilene Christian Wildcats on their home court after hosting them and losing a nail-biter 59-56 with senior Antonio Dye's last second three-pointer hitting the rim and time expired.
The majority of the Rams points were split up between four players.
Junior Chris Talkington scored 11 while Dye, sophomore Dakota Rawls, and junior Bryan Hammond all scored 13 points.
Freshmen Jovan Austin and Reggie Sutton scored the final six points as the Rams have lost two in a row now.
The scoring offense for the Rams is ranked fifth in the middle of the pack with 1185 total points for an average of 69.7 points per game.
However, their defense hasn't been up to the task as the Rams have allowed 1251 total points for an average of 73.6 points per game, which is second to last in the conference.
If the averages were every game's score, the Rams would be winless this season.
Even though the Rams' offense is potent at times, it lacks a top-10 scorer.
The closest the Rams have for a top-10 scorer is Austin, who is 12th with 203 points scored.
Besides Austin, the Rams have four players with over 160 points this season in Talkington, Dye, Rawls, and Hammond.
The team is young and has experienced difficulty with consistent offense and has had defensive problems throughout the year.
Now, the Rams will have to face Abilene Christian again on their home court to have a chance at making the Lone Star Conference Championship Tournament.
The Rams face the Wildcats on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. before returning home for a game against Eastern New Mexico University.
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