Chuck Guy poured in 21 points and Tarleton State (2-1) handed East Central (Okla.) (2-1) its first loss, 72-62, in the final game of the 2012 Taco Bell Texan Tipoff Classic at Wisdom Gym Saturday.
Guy attacked the basket aggressively and drew fouls throughout the night, knocking down 13 of 18 free throws to keep East Central, coached by former Tarleton player and graduate assistant Mac McConnell, at arm's length throughout.
Guy, who also had six rebounds and six assists, was named the MVP of the classic, while Tarleton's Coleman Furst, Davene Carter and Brian Word were each all-tournament selections.
Furst and Carter scored 13 each against ECU. Carter, the first Tarleton post player to reach double figures in a game this year, also grabbed eight rebounds.
The Texans took the lead for good on a Devin Mitchell basket for a 13-11 advantage just more than eight minutes into the game. East Central scored next on a free throw, but Tarleton followed with seven straight to begin to pull away.
Furst buried a runner, Tarleton got a steal, and the junior guard added a triple from the left wing to make it 34-18 with less than three minutes to go in the half. It was 38-24 at the break.
Six of Carter's points came in the early stages of the second half, and a 3-pointer by true freshman guard Michael Hardge made it 50-33 with 13 minutes left.
Furst buried a trey to stretch the lead to 69-49 with 3:26 to go before East Central finished with a 13-3 flurry.
The Texans were 27-44 from the foul stripe while ECU was just 10-17. Tarleton hit 49 percent from the floor to the Tigers' 45 percent.
Brian Word scored 17 points, the most in his Tarleton career, against Texas-Permian Basin Friday, and Furst and De'Andre Upchurch joined him in double figures with 15 and 10, respectively. Carter added nine.
Eight of Upchurch's points came during a 15-2 second-half run by the Texans that turned a slim three-point lead into a 49-34 advantage.
Tarleton shot 47.9 percent from the floor and had to overcome a 4-18 performance from the arc to do it. UTPB was led by Rob Heyer with 17 points and eight rebounds.
The other all-tournament selections were Preston Whitley from Texas A&M-Commerce and Jason Williams from ECU. Williams had 11 against Tarleton Saturday.