The No. 16 Tarleton Texans made it two in a row over rival Midwestern State Thursday when they came back from a nine-point deficit to top the Mustangs 64-56.
Early in the first half both teams struggled to get their offense going, but it was Tarleton who emerged as the early frontrunner.
After Chantz Chambers hit a three point shot with 14:45 left in the half, the Texans went on a 13-4 run increasing their lead to a first half high 10 points for a short time, 17-7. It didn’t take long after that for the Mustangs to get their offense cooking as five points from Brandon Neel fed into a 11-1 run for Midwestern which tied things back up at 20 with close to five minutes remaining.
That wasn’t the only run Midwestern posted in the first half. Over the final 3:13 they took the lead late after scoring eight unanswered points - good for a 30-27 halftime advantage.
Both teams struggled shooting the ball in the opening half. Neither team shot better than 33 percent from the field and the teams combined for only 19 made field goals.
The scoring drought from the end of the first half continued in the second for Tarleton as it was Midwestern State who had increased their lead to nine, 36-27, after almost two and a half minutes in the half.
The Mustangs held the Texans at bay for a good portion of the first 10 minutes of the half, but a Denzel Smith alley-oop and a Ridell Camidge three point shot cut Midwestern’s lead to three points, 47-44 with a little more than 10 minutes remaining in the game.
Almost a minute later, Camidge hit another three point shot to tie the game, but was also fouled in the process of the shot sending him to the free throw line where he converted to give the Texans back the lead, 48-47. Over the next couple of minutes, the Camidge four-point play eventually turned into a 12-2 run for the Texans who increased their lead to 53-49 with close to seven minutes remaining.
Nearly five minutes later Midwestern hadn’t improved their standing. They still trailed Tarleton by seven, 59-52, and were sitting on six missed field goals in a row and only managed to sink two of their previous 16 attempts.
The drought managed to run more than six minutes and into the final buzzer as Tarleton closed out the game with an eight point, 64-56 win.
Leading Tarleton Thursday was Ridell Camidge who scored a team high 15 points to go along with four rebounds and four assists. Also making a big impact was bench player Denzel Smith who scored 14 points.
The Texans are now 5-1 on the season and 1-0 in Lone Star Conference play. They’ll be back on the court Saturday when they host Cameron at 4 p.m.