WICHITA FALLS – Josh Hawley and Nosa Ebomwonyi each put together double-double performances for Tarleton to lead the Texans to its largest win, 73-59, over Midwestern State since 2011.
The last time Tarleton defeated the Mustangs by double figures came in the Lone Star Conference Tournament in Bartlesville Oklahoma in 2011. The last time the Texans defeated Midwestern State by double digits in Wichita Falls came in a 72-60 victory on Jan. 2, 2003.
Hawley got Lone Star Conference action started with a bang as the sophomore powered down a slam dunk for the first points of the game. His bucket was the first of four unanswered to start a 9-3 Tarleton run over the opening five minutes.
Tarleton carried its six-point lead down to the 9:06 mark of the opening half before the Mustangs made a run to take their first lead of the game at 18-17. The teams traded three lead changes and brought the score to a tie twice, including a 25-25 mark in the final two minutes.
Just like how the game started, Hawley broke the tie with a dunk to start a 5-2 Texan push over the rest of the half to send the Texans into the break with a 30-27 lead.
Out of the break, Hawley got things started again with an old-fashioned, three-point play to begin the second half and start a run of eight unanswered points for the Texans. The half-opening run extended the Texans' lead to double digits at 38-27.
Tarleton went on to extend its lead to as many as 15 with 11:56 left in the game after a jumper by Nosa Ebomwonyi pushed the Texan lead to 49-34. The Mustangs would rally back, however, as Midwestern answered with six straight to pull back within single digits at 49-40 with 10 minutes left.
Jaraan Lands put an end to the run and pushed the lead back to 11 at 51-40. Tarleton led by double digits the rest of the way, going up by as many as 16 and never by fewer than 10.
Hawley led the team with 22 points on 8-15 shooting from the floor and grabbed 11 rebounds while Ebomwonyi led the team with 12 rebounds and scored 11 points. Deshawn Riddick (13) and Lands (11) also cracked double figures. Anthony Davis (9), Clashon Gaffney (6), and Corinthian Ramsey (1) rounded out the scoring for the Texans.
Tarleton will return to action Saturday with a 4 p.m. road game at Cameron.