LEVELLAND, Texas - The South Plains College Texans survived a lackluster second half in Friday night's game against Coastal Bend College, hanging on to defeat the Cougars 64-60 to remain undefeated on the season.
Freshman Yanick Moreira led all scorers with 19-points and just missed a double-double with nine boards. Moreira made 8-of-18 shots from the field, but only 3-of-8 from the free throw line. Deshaunt Walker was the only other SPC Texan in double figures with a 5-of-9 shooting night that also included 4-of-7 from downtown to finish with 14 points.
Things started out rough for South Plains College (10-0) in the first half as they found themselves tied with Coastal Bend (6-5) midway through the first half, 12-12. With just under 7-minutes remaining until halftime and SPC up two point, 19-17, the Texans took control with a 16-0 run that was stopped due to a Coastal Bend three-point basket in the waning moments of the half.
The score at halftime was 35-20.
Moreira would begin the second making 1-of-2 from the free throw line and Walker would follow that up with a three-point bucket to extend the Texan lead to 19.
The Cougars quickly clawed their way back into the game with a 12-2 run over the next 31/2 minutes to cut the Texan lead to 9-points with 15:03 remaining in the game. Just past the midway point of the second half Coastal Bend found themselves one possession away from tying the game, down only 47-44.
A bucket by Moreira would begin a 9-0 Texan run that was capped by another three-point basket by Walker, giving SPC a 12-point advantage with the clock showing less than six minutes to go in the contest.
South Plains would find themselves in yet another scoring drought as their opponent got to within two points after Brandon Golden nailed a deep three with 25 seconds remaining. The Cougars then elected to foul Moreira, who went on to make the front end of a 1-and-1. Moreira missed the second, but teammate Tymell Murphy came down with the rebound and dished it off to Stanton Kidd who also hit the front end of a 1-and-1 to make it a two possession ballgame. Kidd's second attempt was off the mark and rebounded by the Cougars who turned the ball over moments later, giving SPC their tenth win of the season, 64-60.
Overall, the Texans had their worst shooting night of the season, making only 24-of-63 attempts. Free throw shooting was not any better as SPC only 8-of-23 attempts.
The Texan Classic will conclude after a double header Saturday, December 3 featuring a 12 p.m. matchup of Coastal Bend and New Mexico Military (5-6). South Plains College will take on the winner of Friday's early game, Clarendon College (8-5), at 2 p.m. in the final contest for the Texans before the Christmas holidays.
Both games will feature live stats and video that can be accessed at www.spctexans.com.