Sean Johnson TAMUK Sports Information
Wednesday's home game against Angelo State is important for a number of reasons.
It's not only the final home game for three Javelina seniors - Reggie Love, Stephen Story and Juan Lanauze, but if the Javelinas can beat Angelo State, they will guarantee themselves a spot in the Lone Star Conference postseason tournament in Bartlesville, Okla.
The Hogs are 5-5 in league play, tied with Abilene Christian for third place and one game ahead of Angelo State. A win by A&M-Kingsville would clinch at least a fourth place finish for the Hogs and a win at Abilene Christian on Saturday would clinch third place.
ACU is at division leading West Texas A&M Wednesday.
The Hogs (16-9) have fared well in senior day games of late, winning four of the last five including last year's 92-87 win over Abilene Christian.
A&M-Kingsville has enjoyed a week off after having a bye in league play Saturday.
Juan Lanauze (Arlington Martin) is the only member of the Javelina senior class that has played at A&M-Kingsville all four years.
No player has grabbed more rebounds (521), blocked more shots (42), played in more games (109), or started more games (80) over the past four seasons than Juan and only one player — All-American Remi Yusuf (978) — has scored more points over the past four years than Juan (774). Over the past four seasons no one has made more 3-point shots that senior guard Reggie Love (111) and he has done that in just two seasons.
Only former all-conference forward Bobby Pandy (.543) has enjoyed a better career-field goal percentage during the last four years than senior center Stephen Story (.523). Story has also made 72 percent of his free throws during his two-year career at A&M-Kingsville.
One player who has one more year left with the Javelinas is junior point guard Wendell Mulkey. Mulkey has combined 320 assists and 165 steals during his three seasons as a Javelina. This year alone Mulkey has 153 assists and 79 steals. His 153 assists are the most for a Javelina since Darryl Johnson had 164 during the 191-92 season. His 79 steals are the most since Johnny Estelle had 88 during the 1995-96 campaign. He ranks third in the nation in steals per game (3.3) and 12th in assists per game (6.4).
The Hogs are solid at home this year, posting a 10-3 record at Kleberg Bank Court. The three losses have come by a combined total of 16 points.
The Javelinas are a combined 54-15 at home over the last five seasons for a winning percentage of 78 percent.