ASU Rams fall to Texans' big defense

Basketball: ‘We just need to focus on stopping teams’

By Andy Atterbury
On January 21, 2011

Ram basketball (5-9), (1-1) played Stephenville Saturday, Jan. 15 and lost 70-53.

"I think we played bad on the defensive end," freshman guard Andre Adams said. "We gave them too many looks."

Adams had nine points off of the bench. and Senior guard Rich Thomas led both teams with his 21-point effort and led the Rams with six rebounds.

"I thought Tarleton outplayed us," Head Coach Fred Rike said. "We got outrebounded and gave up too many points in the paint."

Senior guard Steven Moore had eight points and forwards junior LaDonn Huckaby  and senior Ridge McKeither both contributed four points to the Rams' efforts against the Texans (11-3), (2-0).

Opposing teams scoring points in the paint is a major concern for the team, Adams said.

"I think right now we need to focus on stopping people from getting in the paint," Adams said. "Then we can focus on everything else."

Even with Monday's holiday, the team still practiced and plans to practice when they arrived in Kingsville on Wednesday, Adams said.

"Our focus is defense," Adams said. "We have a lot of weapons and we can score. We just need to focus on stopping teams."

The Rams take on Texas A&M Kingsville on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

"Kingsville is a totally different team," Rike said. "They'll play us totally different. They'll probably play a lot of zone against us so we'll try and prepare for that. Hopefully [we'll] do a better job of getting the ball inside."

 The Rams will play West Texas A&M Saturday in the Junell Center at 7:30 during ASU's True Blue Campaign.

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