After two weeks on the road, Tarleton returned home to take on Texas A&M-Commerce with the winner moving into sole possession of third place in the Lone Star Conference.
What was once a 23-point Tarleton lead turned into a nail-biting 77-73 Texan victory on Tuesday in Wisdom Gym. The Texans have now won a season-long four straight games.
With the win, the Texans move to 16-9 overall and 11-5 in the LSC. The Texans trail West Texas A&M and UT Permian Basin, who are both 12-2, with two conference games remaining for the Texans and four remaining for the LSC leaders. The Texans face WT and UTPB in the final two home games next week.
Tarleton had the hot hand early, especially from 3-point range. Preston Enloe drilled a pair of 3-balls for an 18-8 advantage 10 minutes into the game. Leading 18-15, the Texans went on an 18-0 run over the next five minutes that featured four straight 3-pointers with two from Sam Marshall, and followed by Deshawn Riddick and Josh Hawley.
The Texans made 7 of their 17 3-point attempts in the first half and shot 52 percent for a 41-24 halftime lead over the Lions.
The pace continued early in the second half for the Texans, with Corinthian Ramsey scoring eight of the team's first 10 points for the largest lead of the game at 51-28 with 16:30 to go. Ramsey finished with a game-high 18 points to go with six assists.
Offensively, Deshawn Riddick and Jaraan Lands each posted 12 points with Riddick adding five assists and Lands pulling down five rebounds. Jesse Hill also recorded double figures in scoring with 10 points.