Conexión San Ángelo / ASU Sports Department, contributor

SAN ANGELO – Led by a double-double performance from DeVaughn Jenkins, the Angelo State men's basketball team continued its win streak as it downed McMurry 91-54 at home on Thursday night.

With three Rams putting up double-digit points for the night, ASU improved to 10-2 overall and remained 2-1 in the Lone Star Conference after the win. Jenkins (19), Brandon Williams (16) and Kiair Crouch (14) headed the teams scoring. This marked career highs for Crouch and Jenkins, who also led the squad with 10 boards. This allowed the senior forward to mark his first double-double at ASU. The Rams lead in every major category including points off turnovers (28-6), points in the paint (43-29) and fast break points (52-20). The team also tallied 20 assists for the night with Ja'Michael Brown handling the majority of the ball distribution. Thursday's loss drops the War Hawks to 4-6 on the season.

"I felt like we played hard and it was overall a good team win," commented ASU Head Men's Basketball Coach Cinco Boone. "We also have to clean up some defensive rotations and some rebounding, but offensively we felt the team played well. We knocked a little rust off from the break and now we have to continue to get better. " 

James Kirksey placed the first points on the board of the game as he sank a jumper from short range. After a brief rebuttal from the War Hawks who answered with a three-ball, a Williams jumper at the 18:12 mark would return the lead to the Rams. This would be followed up by a monstrous Williams dunk and a 16-2 Rams run would be well under way. Contributing points to the run would also be Ran Tut and Daron Mims, while it also saw steals from Kirksey and Antonio Singleton, who co-led the squad with a pair for the game. ASU would then maintain the advantage throughout the contest.

With 2:41 left in the first half, Jenkins would stroke a jumper inside the paint and picked up the extra free throw in the process to give Angelo State its greatest lead of the half (+27) with 50-23 on the scoreboard. After a McMurry 3-pointer, the senior would then hit one more shot from the charity stripe to close out ASU's scoring for the half. The Rams would take a 51-31 lead into the break.

Feeding off the first half energy, Angelo State opened up the second half with a 15-3 run that would be kicked off with an opening short-range jumper from Singleton. This would place the Rams ahead 66-34 with 14:13 on the game clock. ASU would then continue to hold the 30 plus point advantage for the remainder.


Left-to-right: Mikayla Blount, Aaliya Warren, Ekiya Gray, Kynese Davis, Mylonnce Becerra and Dezirave Hampton.

At the 5:38 mark, Brandon Conwright would pick up his first of a team co-leading two steals. Davion Cole-Johnson and Caleb Henry would then enter the game and add points to their numbers, with Cole-Johnson giving the Rams its greatest lead of the game, 91-51, with a fast break slam. McMurry would only score three more points and the Rams would place a check in the win column.

Angelo State will continue its conference slate with a pair of road games. The Rams will first travel to Stephenville, Texas to take on Tarleton State on Thursday, January 4 at 7:30 p.m. and then on to Commerce, Texas to face Texas A&M – Commerce at 4 p.m.    

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