Conexión San Ángelo / Staff report

SAN ANGELO – The Angelo State men's basketball will travel to Frisco, Texas to participate in this season's Lone Star Conference Championship Tournament at the Dr Pepper Arena.

 The Rams team, which finished its regular season with a 18-10, 9-9 LSC record, will enter the tournament as the fifth seed. Angelo State will start things off as it takes on fourth seeded Texas A&M – Commerce on Friday, March 2 at 6 p.m. The winner of this game will advance to play the winner of the West Texas A&M and Eastern New Mexico match-up on Saturday, March 3 at 8:30 p.m. The LSC Tournament is a single game elimination format.

ASU closed out the regular season averaging 83 points per game and allowing its opponents only 76.7 points per game. As a team, the Rams have hit .475 from inside the arch and .357 from long-range. Defensively, the squad has pulled down 38.5 boards per game. It has also averaged 7.4 steals and 3.7 blocks per game.  

The Lions and Rams split their regular season match-ups, with each team defending its home court and producing a win. With a 20-7, 12-6 LSC record during the regular season, TAMUC will be seeking to build upon its two game win streak. The Lions downed both nationally ranked No.12 UT – Permian Basin and No. 7 West Texas A&M on the road.

Angelo State will look to top performers, Ja'Michael Brown, Brandon Williams, James Kirksey and Daron Mims. Brown currently heads the team dropping in 13.6 points per game and leads the Rams in ball distribution with 116 assist on the season. Williams has also provided stellar offensive performance with 11.1 points per game and leads the team with 41 blocks on the year. This has also allowed the senior captain to climb to the top five in program history with 68 career blocks. Williams also leads the team with 6.1 rebounds per game.

Kirksey, checks in third on the team's top scorers list sinking 10.9 points per game. He is also second on the squad with an average of 6.0 rebounds per game. He leads the Rams having pocketed 50 steals on the season. Mims follows closely behind as he is the final Rams to be currently averaging double-figure points with 10.6 per game. He has also totaled 28 assists and 19 pocketed steals on the year.

Coming off the bench and adding depth for ASU will be Will Adler, Antonio Singleton, Ran Tut and Davion Cole-Johnson. Adler has led the Rams all season from beyond the arch making .418 percent of his shots. Singleton has also been a prolific scorer for Angelo State with an average of 8.8 points per game. He has also aided the defense with 3.3 boards per game and 12 steals on the season.     

Tut is currently sitting third on the squad grabbing 3.4 boards per game. He has also averaged 5.0 points per game. Completing the group, Cole-Johnson has come on strong in the second half of the season. He is averaging 7.1 points and 3.0 boards per game. Cole-Johnson has also accrued a team third 10 block and 10 steals thus far.

All tournament games will be broadcasted live on 1260 KKSA, with Jeremy Bryant on the call. Games will also be able to be viewed live via Lone Star Conference stream.

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