Conexión San Ángelo/ ASU Sports Department, contributor

SAN ANGELO - The Angelo State basketball team defeated Texas A&M-Commerce 82-66 Thursday night in the Stephens Arena at the Junell Center, moving just one win back of the Lions in the LSC standings in the process.

The Rams (17-6, 8-5 LSC) had a strong offensive performance, shooting 53 percent from the field and finishing with four different players in double figures.

Texas A&M-Commerce jumped out to an early lead in the game with several mid-range jumpers and a three-pointer, but the Rams scored enough to keep it within three points with 15:25 left in the first half.

The Lions then hit back-to-back three-pointers to go ahead by nine, but the Rams would not go away yet. ASU responded with a 9-1 run that included three-pointers from Ran Tut, Antonio Singleton and Ja'Michael Brown to get back within one.

Neither team was able to sustain a run for much of the first half after that but ASU eventually tied the game up on another three-pointer, this time from Will Adler. Overall Angelo State shot the ball well from behind the arc, hitting 13 threes on 27 attempts.

The Rams tied the game up once again just a minute later as Brandon Williams made a spinning move through the lane and dunked the ball to get the crowd going with just over five minutes to play in the first half.

Williams hit six of his nine shot attempts in the game for 12 points and also pulled down six rebounds.

Ja'Michael Brown finally put the Rams on top for the first time in the matchup as the half ended, hitting a contested three-pointer with two seconds left. Angelo State went into the locker room up by two.

Brown was the leader on offense for the night, with 17 points and three made three-pointers. The Louisiana native also distributed the ball well, racking up eight assists in the contest.

Another dunk from Williams opened the second half and Singleton followed with yet another three –pointer to give ASU a four-point lead that the quickly stretched out to seven on a jumper from Brown.

A pair of three-pointers from Adler and Singleton again with just over 15 minutes to play in the second half gave ASU their first double-digit lead of the game.

Singleton score 11 points against the Lions and also hit three shots from behind the arc and pulled down five rebounds.

The lead was extended with just over 10 minutes to play as Kiair Crouch found his rhythm from behind the arc, hitting three three-pointers in just over a minute to help the Rams go up by 18.

Crouch hit a team-leading four three-pointers in the game for all 12 of his points.

ASU kept the lead in the teens with jumpers from Tut and James Kirksey, still leading by 18 with 6:44 remaining in the game.

He then hit a pair of free throws just a minute later to give the Rams their first 20-point lead of the game.

ASU continued to hit shots as the game wound down, handing the Lions their second straight loss, 82-66.

The Rams will be at home again this Saturday, taking on rival Tarleton State at 2 p.m. in the Stephens Arena at the Junell Center.

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