SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
Pullen scored six of the next nine points, with Howell sinking a trey in the midst of the run. Black scored on the inside, but the Rams ran a text book response against the A&M press and Pullen scored again. A&M missed again and Gottfriedt got to the line to make it, 11-3 Shelby.
A&M scored first in the 2nd on a Branyon put back, before Cade Watson scored, 13-5. A&M missed and Pullen drove the base line for two. Branyon answered, then Howell teed up another bomb from downtown, 18-7. Black drove and scored, but again, Pullen drove for two. Gottfriedt stole the ball and was fouled. He buried both shots.
A&M had two misses and Mason Cameron took a fast break to the hole and was fouled. He made 1-of-2. A&M missed two more shots and Gottfriedt pulled up for a base line jumper for two. Pullen scored inside again, in what was an 9-0 run. Black had a put back, but Gottfriedt was fouled again. He made both shots.
After an A&M turnover, Gottfriedt was fouled again. He made both ends of a 1-and-1 and put Shelby up 20, 31-11. The 1st half Ram highlights came to a close with Peyton Koonce taking a charge to deny A&M at the rim.
Branyon opened the 3rd period scoring with a two, then Pullen was fouled. He made both shots. Shelby stole the ball on the press, missed twice, then A&M stole the ball. On the play Paradee went down holding his arm. On the next Ram possession, Howell slipped inside and got the ball for two. Watson stole the ball, but Pullen was defended on the break, as A&M knocked the ball out. On the inbound, Pullen scored on a 6-2 run, 37-13.