Tarleton got a combined 50 points from Josh Hawley, Corinthian Ramsey, and Deshawn Riddick to earn their seventh win of the season with a 76-71 win over NAIA No. 15 Wayland Baptist in Wisdom Gym Tuesday.
Jaraan Lands got Tarleton on the board first as the game opened in a back-and-forth affair over the opening 14:07 as neither team led by more than four until a 21-21 tie with 5:53 left in the opening half.
Deshawn Riddick got the Texan offense rolling with a three-pointer to put Tarleton up 24-21 and start a 15-4 run over the remainder of the first half to send the Texans into the break with a 36-25 lead. Corinthian Ramsey came off the bench and delivered with a team-high 18 points on 6-7 shooting from the floor, including a 4-5 mark from downtown, and a pair of free throws.
Out of the break, the Pioneers went on a 28-14 run over the first 10 minutes to take a five-point lead at 53-48 before a dunk by Clashon Gaffney was the first of 10 unanswered points by the Texans to retake the lead 58-53 with 6:07 left in the game.
Josh Hawley turned things up with six of Tarleton's next 12 points over the next four minutes to extend the Texans' lead to 70-62 heading into the game's final minute. Wayland Baptist pulled as close as four but the Texans went 6-8 at the free throw line in the final minute to secure the win.
Hawley finished the game with 18 points on 7-15 shooting from the floor to go along with a team-high nine rebounds while Ramsey scored 18 points and Deshawn Riddick chipped in 14, including 4-4 free throws in the final minute. Riddick also dished out a team-high five assists to move past Chris Reisman for the ninth-most assists all-time in the Lonn Reisman era (282).
Preston Enloe, who made his first career start, scored eight points while Clashon Gaffney also recorded eight points and a pair of blocks off the bench. Nosa Ebomwonyi (4), Jesse Hill (3), and Lands (3) rounded out the scoring.
Tarleton shot .449 from the floor and .867 at the charity stripe while outrebounding the Pioneers 39-27.
The Texans will take time off for Christmas break before returning to action on Star Wars Day in Wisdom Gym on Saturday, Dec. 30, at 4 p.m. against No. 2 Queens (N.C.).