LAS VEGAS, Nev. (December 18, 2018) – Rollins battled back from a big second half deficit, but couldn't complete the comeback and fell to Angelo State 89-79 in game one of the SportTours Holiday Hoops Classic.
Jakobi Bonner led the way with 20 points for the Tars (7-3). The junior was 6-of-8 from the field and 7-of-10 at the stripe. Hutton Yenor added 12 points off the bench with Connor Mckim and Eric Castaneda both scoring 11.
Angelo State (8-2) was led by Antonio Singleton's 22 points. Kiair Crough scored 14 and Ronald Bell tallied a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Both offenses were slow to start with a Yenor layup knotting the score at 20, 10 minutes into the game. After going down six in the final minutes of the half, Bonner nailed a jumper and Mckim beat the buzzer with a deep three to pull Rollins within 41-40 at the break.
The Tars struggled to get going in the second half, missing their first seven shots and allowing ASU to run out to a 61-44 lead with 12:47 to play. Rollins was still down 17 with 9:23 left before climbing back and cutting the lead to 76-68 with 3:48 left.
Two free throws and back-to-back Crouch three-pointers stopped the Tars run and got the Rams comfortably ahead, 84-69 at the 1:44 mark. Rollins would get no closer than eight down the stretch.
The Tars shot 47 percent from the field while ASU knocked down 59 percent. The Rams came into the game as one of the nation's best rebounding teams and beat the Tars on the glass 39-18. Rollins committed 16 turnovers and forced 26.
Rollins will look to bounce back Wednesday, December 19 in its final game of the trip, meeting Tarleton State at 12 p.m. PT in Las Vegas. Fans can listen to the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.