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Men's Basketball: SE Downs TAMIU at Thanksgiving Classic

 

November 25, 2018



SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Kevin Buckingham dropped 23 points in his season debut as Southeastern picked up a 68-61 win over Texas A&M-International on Friday afternoon at the St. Mary's Thanksgiving Classic.

The win lifts the Savage Storm to 2-0 overall on the season heading into a matchup on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with host St. Mary's to close out the Thanksgiving Classic.

Buckingham, who sat out the opener due to an injury, bounced back strong by hitting 7-of-12 from the floor, including a 2-of-3 effort from behind the arc. He added a 7-of-9 mark at the free throw line and finished with a game-high 23 points.

He was joined in double-figures by Jett Jobe who hit four threes and finished with 17 points, while Kellen Manek chipped in 16 points.

Southeastern shot 47.8 percent from the field on the contest and 40.0 percent from three-point range.

Buckingham also paced all players on the glass with nine rebounds, with Jobe adding five.

The contest featured six ties and nine lead changes, with the teams coming out firing and trading threes on the game's first possessions.

TAMIU would get back-to-back buckets early and open up a four-point advantage, later expanding to as many as six points in the latter half of the first half before threes from Manek and Jobe would tie the game at 23-23 with 4:23 to go in the first half.

SE would then take its first lead since the opening minutes on a Buckingham layup and a pair of Buckingham free throws two possessions later would extend the lead to four points.

The Dustdevils would briefly regain the lead, but a pair of Manek free throws and a Buckingham bucket would put SE up 31-28 at halftime.

The Storm would push the lead out to 36-28 in the opening minute out of the half, and the lead reached double-figures on a Buckingham three at the 17:48 mark.

That lead would grow to as many as 15 points at 52-37 on a Todd Dawkins jumper in transition with 11:59 to play.

TAMIU would then whittle the SE lead away over the next eight minutes, knotting the contest with a three at 59-59 with 3:57 to play.

Buckingham would convert a jumper in the paint on the next possession to regain the lead and the Storm would never trail again, scoring nine of the final 11 points in the game to pull out a 68-61 victory.

 

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