DENTON - The scenery may not have been what everyone was expecting but a basketball gym is a basketball gym no matter where it is - with a goal on each end and 94 feet of hardwood in between - and the Texans defended every inch of those 94 feet to roll past Cameron Friday afternoon.
Due to a leak in the roof of the Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, Tarleton's quarterfinal game against the Aggies was moved to Kitty Magee Arena at Texas Woman's University in Denton and - in the first-ever men's game played at Kitty Magee - the Texans held Cameron to 26 percent shooting in a 63-49 win to advance to the tournament semifinals on Saturday.
The game started out as a low-scoring affair for both teams as Tarleton and Cameron combined for 27 points in the opening 12 minutes of the game, which was a 14-13 lead for the Aggies with less than eight minutes to go in the first half.
Deshawn Riddick and Preston Enloe answered with back-to-back buckets put the Texans on top at 18-14 and start a 14-8 Tarleton run over the rest of the first half to send the Texans into the break with a 27-22 lead.
Cameron pulled within a bucket over the first three minutes of the new half but Corinthian Ramsey and Josh Hawley struck quickly for seven unanswered points to extend a two-point lead out to a nine-point lead in two minutes. Tarleton then pushed its lead to double figures with a pair of Ramsey free throws with 5:27 left and never led by fewer than 10 the rest of the way.
Ramsey led the team with 20 points while Riddick (12) and Enloe (11) also cracked double figures. Hawley, while scoring six points in the game, led all players with 16 rebounds in the game. Jaraan Lands (8), Jesse Hill (5), and Sam Marshall (1) accounted for the rest of the points for the contest.
Tarleton shot .391 from the floor while holding Cameron to a .258 shooting clip, including a mere .125 mark from beyond the arc.
The Texans will return to Frisco for the semifinal round on Saturday night at 6 p.m. at Dr Pepper Arena. Tarleton will play the winner of Midwestern State and UT Permian Basin.