Tarleton State opened its men's basketball season in record-setting fashion in front of 2,582 at Wisdom Saturday night.
The Texans set a new school mark for margin of victory, thrashing Arlington Baptist College 108-30.
Tarleton, which was 24-8 and reached the regional semifinals last year, won its eighth straight season opener and 17th consecutive home opener. The margin of victory exceeded the old record of 75 set when Tarleton overhwelmed Dallas Christian 94-19 back in 2007-08.
Arlington Baptist hit just two field goals and nine free throws in the opening half. The first field goal came just 45 seconds into the game, the second more than 19 minutes later on a 3-point bomb with only one second remaining in the half.
"Defense - that's the name of the game," said Lonn Reisman, "I thought our defense was good tonight, and I thought we executed our game plan they way we were supposed to."
Tarleton turned 28 Arlington Baptist turnovers into 42 points while outscoring the Patriots 50-8 in the paint, 18-0 on second-chance points and 23-2 on fastbreak points.
Darrion Washington went 4-4 from downtown to tally 14 points in the first half, three more than Arlington Baptist's entire team.
"The coaches always say to let the game come to me," Washington said. "Tonight was definitely one of those nights when it came to me."
Washington has worked his way up from playing sparingly as a freshman to earning a significant amount of minutes as a sophomore. As a junior, he is now a major contributor any time he's on the court.
"The coaches tell me they love my defense and my intensity," Washington said. "I give God all the glory. None of those shots go in if it's not for him."
Reisman enjoys the comfort of having Washington around to come off the bench.
"We know he's a scorer off the bench," said Reisman, whose bench outscored Arlington Baptist's 63-13. "I thought his shot selection was good and obviously he had a good night shooting the basketball."
Washington hit another 3-ball in the second half, finishing a perfect 5-5. He was 6-8 from the floor overall and led all scorers with a career-high 19. He was one of four Texans to reach double figures including Devon Hills with 17, Warren Webb with 13 and Fabian Wilson with 10.
Tarleton hit 51.4 percent (36-70) from the floor and 77.1 percent (27-35) from the charity stripe. The Texans out-rebounded the Patriots 55-16.
Arlington Baptist shot just 23.7 percent (9-38) for the game.
The Texans are home again Friday and Saturday in the Texan Tipoff Classic. They face Texas-Permian Basin at 7 p.m. Friday and Newman University at 7 p.m. Saturday.
"The level of competition coming for the event is very high," Reisman said. "We will learn a lot more about our team after next weekend."