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No. 18 Lions overcome 17-point first half deficit to run away with 84-73 win over Angelo State
By Texas A&M University-Commerce
Jan 7, 2018
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COMMERCE The No. 18 Texas A&M University-Commerce men's basketball team defeated Angelo State 84-73 on Saturday afternoon. The Lions trailed by 17 points early in the first half before climbing back into the game and eventually running away with the contest.
 
The win brings the Lions to 13-1 on the season and 6-0 in the Lone Star Conference. The Rams fall to 11-3 and 3-2 in conference play.
 
The Lions return to action on Tuesday against Tarleton State in the final game of their three-game home stand. The game will be played at 7:30 p.m. at the Field House in Commerce.
 
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

- Aaron Horne led the Lions with 21 points, shooting 8-of-11 from the field. He added six rebounds.

- Daquane Willford had 16 points, a season high. He also had four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

- Reggie Reid had 14 points and led the team with seven assists. Willie Rooks also had 14 points.

- Srdan Budimir had 10 points. Dorian Armstrong had seven points, eight rebounds, three assists and four steals.

- The Lions started the game shooting 3-of-12 while ASU shot 9-of-12 to begin. ASU led 21-4 after 7:16 of play.

- After trailing by 17, the Lions went on a 21-3 run to take the lead with 6:30 left in the first half.

- A&M-Commerce scored 23 points off of 18 ASU turnovers.
 
HOW IT HAPPENED

The Rams started the game on a tear, making seven shots in a row to build an early lead. They started 9-of-12 from the field, building a 17-point advantage in the first six minutes of the game. The Lions were cold to start, missing nine of their first 12 shots.
 
The Lions started to see the ball fall through the bucket, cutting the Ram lead to 13 points midway through the half. Willford then hit a three to cut the lead to 25-15 with nine minutes to play. Willford had another layup on the fast break to cut the lead down to single digits.
 
The Lion defense started to pick up as ASU's shooting started to come back down to Earth. The Lions continued their run, pushing it to 14-0 over a three-minute span. Armstrong and Horne both had threes in the run and the Lions trailed just 25-23 with seven minutes to play.
 
After ASU broke up the run with a free throw, the Lions continued to drop in shots. Budimir hit a three with 6:30 to play to give the Lions their first lead of the game. ASU was ice cold, going without a field goal for more than five minutes. With just under three minutes left in the half, the game was tied at 30.
 
Reid scored on a three-point play to give the Lions a three-point lead. A late layup from Horne took the Lions into halftime with a 37-32 lead.
 
After making nine of their first 11 shots, the Rams shot 5-of-15 in the rest of the half while the Lions made 11 of their final 19 shots to cut into the lead. The Lions used ASU turnovers to their advantage, scoring 15 points off of 11 ASU turnovers. Reid led the team with nine points in the first half. Willford had eight points and Horne had seven.
 
The Lions scored the first basket of the second half before ASU went on a 9-0 run to retake the lead just four minutes into the second half. Rooks hit a three to stop the run and give the Lions back the lead. Willford also had a three as the Lions built their lead back up to six after an 8-0 run.
 
ASU went on another run to retake the lead with 13 minutes left in the game. This time it was Horne who hit a three to give the Lions back the lead. After ASU cut the Lion lead to two points, Budimir hit a three to bring it to five. With six minutes left, the Lions held a 62-55 lead.
 
The Lion defense again was stifling for the Rams, as they were held without a field goal for more than four minutes. The Lions brought their lead to nine points with four minutes to play.
 
The Lions pushed their lead to as many as 15 late in the game.