Conexión San Ángelo/ ASU Sports Department, contributor

SAN ANGELO - The Angelo State men's basketball team used a late second-half comeback to down Eastern New Mexico 86-83 Thursday night in the Stephens Arena at the Junell Center.

The Rams scored 12 of the final 14 points in regulation over the last six and a half minutes and played stellar defense to force overtime where they won the game.

Angelo State was out-rebounded in the game 48-37, but outscored the Greyhounds in bench points and was 50 percent from the field during the contest. Neither team could score in the game's final minute, forcing the overtime period where ASU secured the victory. Devon Pullam kept the Greyhounds in the game during the extra five-minute period with a pair of deep three-pointers, but Angelo State hit its free throws down the stretch to earn the 86-83 win.

ASU got on top to open the game, as Brandon Williams led the game off with a jumper and buckets from Ran Tut and Ja'Michael Brown helped build an eight-point lead with 16:09 left in the first half.

Brown ended the game with a team-leading 26 points and earned his first career double-double with 10 assists.

Brown then stole the ball with 14:19 left in the game and dished to Antonio Singleton on the fast break for a layup that put Angelo State up by double-digits for the first time all night.

The Greyhounds responded with seven straight points, however, cutting the Ram lead to just three points with 11:53 remaining in the half.

Back-to-back layups from Daron Mims pushed the lead back out to six with exactly nine minutes to go in the half, but the Greyhounds continued to push, getting the deficit to just one point four minutes later.

For the first time all game, Eastern New Mexico took the lead, 32-31, with 4:13 left in the first half on a pair of free throws. A 9-2 Ram run followed, including back-to-back three-pointers from Will Adler, to get the lead back to six points

The Greyhounds fought back after the Ram run and closed the half on a 9-0 run, sending both teams into the locker room with ENMU holding a three-point lead.

Out of the break, the teams traded baskets with neither getting up by more than four in the first five minutes of play. With 12:48 left to play, ENMU hit a three-pointer to put the Greyhounds up by seven points, their largest lead of the night so far.

ENMU scored another five points before ASU was able to get a basket, pushing their lead to 12 points with just over 10 minutes left in the game.

The Greyhounds kept their lead in the double-digits until the 6:40 mark, when the Rams attempted their comeback. A jumper from Tut started the run, and the Rams scored 14 of the game's next 16 points to tie the game at 71-71 and force and Eastern New Mexico timeout with 1:14 left to play.

Davion Cole-Johnson played a big part in the comeback as well and ended the game by matching his career-high with 16 points. Two more Rams finished in double figures in Brandon Williams and James Kirksey who had 10 and 11 points, respectively.

The Rams will be at home one final time this season, facing Western New Mexico in the Stephens Arena at the Junell Center at 4 p.m. ASU will honor its four seniors—Brandon Williams, William Tchiengang, Ran Tut and Devaughn Jenkings—following the game.

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