For 30 years, Lonn Reisman has prided himself as a defensive coach at Tarleton, and over his hall of fame career, he has turned the Texans into a perennial powerhouse in NCAA Division II.
Saturday's game at rival Angelo State was textbook Reisman basketball, as the Texans downed the Rams, 66-59, to give Reisman his 650th career win.
Reisman becomes the 15th active head coach in NCAA Division I and II to win 650 games and he's the fifth active Division II coach to reach the milestone. Reisman also won his 550th game at Angelo State back in 2014.
"I'll be honest with you," an emotional Reisman said after the game, "it hasn't even sank in because I just wanted to win this one.
"This is about everybody involved. I've been blessed by God and I'm thankful that I've been able to coach for as long as I've been able to coach because of the great people around me who have made me look good."
The Texans (16-9, 10-5) held Angelo State to a season low in points and field goal percentage, holding the Rams to 31 percent shooting in the game.
"I can't say enough about our kids and the way they've prepared over this tough road trip," Reisman added. "Our zone tonight was outstanding. I thought Coach Chris did a great job with the game plan because we had less than 48 hours to prepare for the game and Angelo State is a great basketball team."
As well as the Texans played defensively in the first half, they had their own shooting woes early on, posting an uncharacteristically low 20 percent field goal percentage that led to a 21-20 halftime deficit. 16 of the Texans' 20 first-half points came on 3-pointers with Deshawn Riddick leading the way with six first-half points.
The offensive struggles continued to open the second half, as the two teams were tied at 35-all with 10 minutes to go. Angelo State came into the game averaging 85 points while the Texans average 75 points per game.
After an Angelo State layup for a 37-35 lead, the Texans offense woke up led by the hot shooting stroke of freshman Preston Enloe. Enloe drilled three 3-pointers in a two and a half minute span that sparked a 14-2 Texan run. Enloe scored all of his team-high 14 points in the second half.
The Texan lead grew to 54-41, the largest of the game, after Corinthian Ramsey drilled a 3-pointer and Jaraan Lands hit a pair of free throws. Ramsey had 13 points, five assists and four steals while Lands added 10 points and seven rebounds. Josh Hawley also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds to go with five points.
Angelo State worked the game back to within four with a minute to go, but the Texans went 6-of-8 at the free throw line down the stretch to close the game out.
Deshawn Riddick and Nosa Ebomwonyi, the only seniors on the Texan roster, have been a part of 92 of the wins, including 600 and now 650. Both players played pivotal rolls down the stretch to steal a road win. Riddick scored 13 points, grabbed six rebounds to go with four assists and four steals. More importantly, Riddick filled the stat sheet with no turnovers in 37 minutes of play. Ebomwonyi had four points and two rebounds but locked down on the defensive end in the second half to let the Texans pull away.
The Texans will return home for the final four games of the regular season and take on Texas A&M-Commerce on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Wisdom Gym.