For all Tarleton State men's basketball has achieved in 27 years under head coach Lonn Reisman, the Texans had never started 7-0. Until Wednesday night, that is.
The Texans improved to 7-0 for the first time as a senior college with their 90-35 victory over Heartland Conference member Oklahoma Panhandle State. OPSU's worst previous loss was by 22 points, and the Aggies had come within 12 points of three Lone Star Conference members.
The victory, Reisman's 537th at Tarleton, came just more than 24 hours after the Texans learned they had moved from No. 17 to No. 14 in this week's National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II poll. Tarleton averages 96.6 points per game and boasts a nation-leading 43.6 average margin of victory.
The reigning LSC Tournament champs have scored 75 or more points in seven straight games for the first time since their 1997-98 campaign, have won by 25 or more points five times after failing to win a single game by that margin last year, and have collected 50 or more rebounds three times after finishing with less than 50 every game a season ago.
Senior point guard Chuck Guy leads the team with 17.1 points and 6.7 assists per game, while De'Andre Upchurch averages 14.7 points, Mohammed Lee 10.7 and Davene Carter 10.3. Tashawn Mabry, who missed Wednesday's rout due to illness, averages 9.8.
The TexAnns are also soaring with a 7-1 record and four straight wins. They dominated Arlington Baptist College 104-36 Tuesday night and are ranked No. 24 in the USA Today Sports Division II Women's Coach's Poll for the second straight week.
Tarleton's women are winning by an average of 21.1 points per contest. They are led by All-American Kiara Wright with 21.6 points and 12.4 rebounds per game. Stephenville product Brianna Bledsoe averages 11.4 points and Iowa transfer Kathy Thomas scores 10.9.
Both clubs are idle throughout final exams and return to the court on Tuesday, Dec. 17. The women host Cedarville (Ohio) at 6 p.m., followed by the men against McMurry at 8 p.m.