The Buffs' 12-game home winning streak is no more.
After a nearly two-week hiatus of games being postponed because of COVID protocols, the No. 8 West Texas A&M (16-3, 3-2 LSC) returned to the court and dropped an 82-79 heartbreaker against Angelo State (12-4, 2-2 LSC) on Thursday in Lone Star Conference action.
The loss breaks a home-court advantage for the Buffs that dates back to Feb. 27 of last year in a 103-85 loss to Lubbock Christian.
After a back-and-forth first half that ended with a slim 43-41 advantage to Angelo State, the Rams found momentum to lead by 12 points midway through the second half, leading 64-52.
West Texas fought back to chip away at the deficit, tying the score at 79-79 with 16 seconds to go. However, costly fouls in the final seconds would help the Rams find the breakthrough via free throws by Fredelin de la Cruz and Paul Williams to ice the game and hold on for the win.
Four Buffs reached double figures as Larry Wise scored 16 points followed by Zach Toussaint's 14 points while Hayden Blankley and Kavon Booker each scored 11 points. Booker brought down a team-high eight rebounds.
West Texas' shooting efficiency in the second half fell from 15-34 (44.12%) to 11-32 (34.38%), costing them momentum as the Rams improved their shooting from 42.86 % to 48.0% from the floor after the interval.
Tyrell Carroll was the Ram’s leading scorer with 17 points while Devaughn Thomas had a game-high nine rebounds to go along with 13 points.
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WT returns for a contest against UT Permian Basin at 4 p.m. Saturday at the First United Bank Center for more Lone Star Conference action.
Lady Buffs Basketball
For the first time in two weeks, the Lady Buffs will be back on the court following Covid-inflicted hiatus that cause three games to be postponed.
West Texas A&M (11-7, 4-0) will face UT Permian Basin (4-12, 0-4) at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First United Bank Center in Lone Star Conference action.
The Lady Buffs' last outing was on Jan. 8, a win over UT Tyler. What followed was two postponed games against St. Mary's and Thursday's scheduled matchup against Angelo State.
UT Permian Basin is looking for its first win in conference play after dropping its last four games, including an overtime loss to St. Edward's and a heartbreaker to Cameron on Thursday.
This article originally appeared on Amarillo Globe-News: West Texas A&M loses vs. Angelo State; Lady Buffs return to court