Angelo State drops to No. 2 WT seed in quarterfinals

After pulling off an upset against West Texas A&M in the lone meeting of the regular season, No. 7 seed Angelo State University lost an 83-73 decision to the No. 2 seed Buffaloes in a quarterfinal of the Lone Star Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament Thursday in Frisco. .

The Buffs clung to a 40-39 halftime advantage before beating the Rams 43-34 the rest of the way.

ASU led 45-44 at 16:26 of the second half, but the Rams never led again.

WT improved to 26-6 and advanced to Saturday’s semifinals against No. 6 seed Midwestern State. ASU fell to 20-9.

Tyrell Carroll led the Rams with 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Paul Williams (17) and Lathaniel Bastian (11) also scored in double digits, and Bastian had a game-high 16 rebounds.

Julius Brown did the heavy lifting for the Buffs, finishing with a game-high 34 points on 12-of-19 shooting. He was 4-of-5 from long range and a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line.

Angelo State University's Tyrell Carroll prepares to shoot against Missouri Baptist during the Ed Messbarger Classic at Junell Center on Friday, November 26, 2021.

Larry Wise (17), Hayden Blankley (15) and Zach Toussaint (11) also finished in double figures for WT.

Both teams shot 43% from the field.

The Buffs finished with a 49-34 rebounding advantage.

The Rams will now find out if they will get a playoff offer. The NCAA Division II draft show is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

ASU was ranked No. 5 in South Central’s latest poll, and the top eight teams will earn a playoff spot.

Three Rams claim full LSC honors

All-conference honors were announced Wednesday night, and Carroll, Williams and Bastian were on the list.

Carroll, a junior guard, earned second-team honors and he was also named to the all-conference defensive team.

This is the second year in a row that Williams, a graduate student, has been honored. The Rams goaltender has been named to the third team.

Bastian, a second-year goaltender in his second season with the Rams, received honorable mention.

Charles Bryce is a journalist who covers sports in West Texas. Send him a topical tip at Consider Supporting West Texas Journalism with a subscription to

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