Missouri S&T was able to virtually eliminate one 12-point deficit in the second half, but couldn't overcome a second deficit of that margin as it dropped a 67-62 decision to Texas A&M-Commerce Monday afternoon at St. Edward's University.
AUSTIN, Texas - Missouri S&T was able to virtually eliminate one 12-point deficit in the second half, but couldn't overcome a second deficit of that margin as it dropped a 67-62 decision to Texas A&M-Commerce Monday afternoon at St. Edward's University.
The Miners trailed by two at the half and tied the game in the opening seconds after the intermission on a basket by Adam Knollmeyer. However, the Lions opened the second half by scoring on their first seven possessions to take a 44-32 lead by the 15:22 mark.
S&T was able to knock 11 points off of that deficit with a 13-2 run that started and ended with three-point baskets by Marquis Jones; his second in that stretch came with 8:16 to cut the Lion lead to 46-45.
The Miners had a chance a moment later to tie the score, but a miss as the shot clock was running out thwarted that opportunity and A&M-Commerce was off on a decisive 15-4 run that extended its lead to 12 again by the 3:53 mark.
S&T was able to close the gap again, getting it down to four on a pair of free throws by Justin Taylor with 56 seconds to go and then to three when Knollmeyer drained a three out of the corner with 30 seconds left on the clock.
Sammy Jackson extended the Lion lead with two free throws with 27 seconds to go and the Miners were unable to get any closer.
The Miners had a solid defensive showing in the first half as they held the Lions to 36 percent shooting from the floor, but found themselves down by two in large part because of 17 turnovers in the first 20 minutes. S&T had only six turnovers in the second half.
Jones led the Miners with a career-high 17 points, while Knollmeyer and Taylor finished with 14 points apiece.
S&T connected on 45.5 percent of its shots in the contest but made just four of 14 from behind the arc.
The Lions (5-5) were led by Hunter with 17 points, 15 of which came in the second half.
Missouri S&T (4-5) will face St. Edward's at 3:30 p.m. today to wrap up its two-game trip to Texas.