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Texas A&M-Kingsville edges Eagles on late free throw Men's Basketball


November 24, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 21, 2019) – One game after winning a grind-it-out thriller on the road, Oklahoma Christian was on the other end of a similar basketball game on Thursday night in the Eagles' Nest. Daniel Severo hit the front end of a two-shot free-throw opportunity with 4.6 seconds left, lifting Texas A&M-Kingsville to a 58-57 win over the Eagles in the Lone Star Conference debut for the OC program. How tight was it? Neither team led by more than six points the entire game. OC tied the game at 57-57 when Dedrian Parmer Jr. hit two free throws with 34 seconds left. TAMUK (3-2, 1-0 LSC) held the ball, hoping to take the final shot. OC (1-3, 0-1) forced the Javelinas into a tough 3-point attempt by Rashon Thomas, which missed, but Severo came up with the rebound and went back up. Officials ruled Severo was fouled by OC's Hunter Staten and Severo made the first free throw. After two OC timeouts, Severo missed the second free throw and the Eagles rushed the ball up the floor, but Jonathan ReyesValdez's shot from about 18 feet missed and came an instant after time expired. So instead of a raucous locker-room celebration like the Eagles enjoyed on Monday after the win at Southwestern Oklahoma State, their mood Thursday was somber, yet determined. "It's just part of the game," OC coach Kendre Talley said. "The one thing we have been doing is just getting better every game. As long as they give 100 percent, that's all I can ask for. We'll learn from it. There were a few mistakes we made … but we've just got to keep grinding and get better. "These guys are a tough group. We're not going to play our best basketball right now, but as you can see, we're just getting better every game." Aubrey Johnson went 5 of 8 from 3-point range and scored 19 points for OC, while Parmer Jr. had 15 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. Senior center Will Lienhard was dominating inside, with six points (on 3-of-3 shooting), seven rebounds and two blocked shots, before leaving the game with 13:23 left due to injury. 11/23/2019 Texas A&M-Kingsville edges Eagles on late free throw - Oklahoma Christian University Athletics 2/2 "It was really good to see Aubrey get going, because he hasn't been himself lately," Talley said. "He had a rough start but he opened it up a little tonight and hopefully we can keep that going. Dedrian is just consistent. We know what we're going to get out of him. … He worked hard today and he's going to keep getting better and people are going to get better around him." TAMUK led 28-27 at halftime and 32-29 two minutes into the second half, but a 6-0 spurt – capped by a 3-pointer from Johnson – put the Eagles ahead 35-32 with 16:34 left. He hit another 3-pointer – which hit off the rim, caromed high into the air then fell through the basket – with 9:18 left to make it 45-41. The Javelinas answered with seven straight points and regained the lead at 48-45 with 6:52 left on a 3-pointer by Thomas, who had 16 points. OC tied the game four times after that. "It's the toughest conference in the nation," Talley said of the Lone Star. "Anybody can beat anybody on any given night. I told them that before we played. That's the mentality we've got to have, that every game is going to be a dogfight." John Mouton added 10 points for the Javelinas. OC will host another LSC rival, Texas A&M International, at 4 p.m. Saturday.


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