SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
Jameson Smith splashed the only A&M 3 of the game with 3:00 left in the 3rd. Missed shots and turnovers on both sides as the ball changed hands 11 times. Gottfriedt ended the 2:15 scoreless spell with a steal and a bucket, 39-16. Branyon made 1-of-2 foul shots and A&M had the ball back before the end of the period, but the Rams stole the ball again for a half-court shot at the buzzer that missed.
Branyon opened the 4th splitting a pair again at the line. Pullen went back to work and made the next two baskets for a 25-point lead, 43-18.
Black scored on an inbound play, A&M stole the ball and Colton Hubner took it the hole. It was the only time in the game that A&M scored on consecutive possessions. Shelby broke the press again and Pullen scored again with 4:00 left in the game, 45-22.
Shelby subs came in. Branyon got to the line, making 1-of-2 and A&M subs came in with 3:40 left. Daythan Summer stole the ball for Shelby and took it in for the basket, capping the scoring with 3;15 remaining, 47-23.
Shelbyville 47, Central A&M 23
Shelby stats: Pullen 22 (10 FGs, 2/2 FTs), Gottfriedt 11 (2 FGs, 7/8 FTs), Howell 8 (1-2, 2-3 pt FGs), Cade Watson 3 (FG, 1/2 FTs), Daythan Summers 2 (FG), Mason Cameron 1 91/2 FTs). Team FGs 17 (2-3s). Team FTs 11-of-14.
A&M stats: Branyon 10 (3 FGs, 4/8 FTs), Black 8 (4 FGs), Jameson Smith 3 (FG), Colton Hubner 2 (FG). Team FGs 8 (1-3). Team FTs 4-of-8.