HOBBS, N.M. – Texas A&M University-Texarkana lost another heart-breaker during its inaugural basketball season in the Red River Athletic Conference.
Thursday was no different as the Eagles were involved in a see-saw affair with their host, the University of the Southwest. The game was tied at intermission (29-29), and the end of regulation (57-57). Southwest dominated the extra period for a 75-65 win.
The Eagles (9-16, 4-9) are tied with four other teams in a battle for the final postseason spot. Southwest enhanced its playoff position, and is 14-10 overall and 9-5 in the RRAC. Texarkana plays at Paul Quinn College Saturday.
Free throws the difference in heart-breaker
The obvious difference in Thursday’s game came down to free throws and fouls. The Eagles were outscored at the charity stripe, 28-8. A&M-Texarkana was whistled for 33 fouls, losing leading scorer Desmond Kennedy in regulation. The host team only had 16 fouls.
Senior Akeem Black led all scorers with 31 points for the winners. Six-foot-6 freshman Thurbil added 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Sophomore Connor Ouellette of Texarkana, had a double-double for the Eagles with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Kennedy scored 14 points before fouling out in the second half.
Texas A&M-Texarkana’s women dropped their 10th straight game, falling to Southwest, 90-77. The Lady Eagles are 3-22 in their first season, and 0-13 in the RRAC.