Tarleton State used a brief 8-0 spurt to take its first lead and was still ahead, 34-33, after a back-and-forth first half against Texas A&M-Commerce in the Texans' Lone Star Conference crossover contest at Wisdom Gym Tuesday night.
Coverage of the second half was unavailable due to press time constraints. See the Thanksgiving Day edition of the Empire-Tribune for a full report.
Texas A&M-Commerce, which has split four games with the Texans since the programs went head-to-head in the 2005 South Central Region final, maintained an early lead until Street & Smith's Preseason All-American Eric Williams hit his third three-ball to put Tarleton ahead, 11-10 with 13:48 on the clock.
The lead swayed back and forth over the next handful of possessions until a Monquel Pegues put back with a foul resulted in a three point play to make it 16-15. Pegues scored again on the Texans' next possession, and Effran Bryant followed with a trey to make it an 8-0 run and a 21-15 Tarleton edge.
The Lions, 2-2 entering the contest, rallied to a 25-25 tie, but Tarleton answered with a 9-0 run for its largest lead of the half at 34-25.
TAMUC connected on the final eight points of the half, five of them by Brad Hambrick, who drilled a three with less than a 30 seconds remaining to give the game its halftime score.
Williams, a 6-7 forward who had 12 points after connecting on his first four three-point attempts, missed for the first time from beyond the arc when his buzzer-beater went halfway down and bounced out.
Williams led the Texans in scoring, while DeUndrae Spraggins also had 12 to pace the Lions.
Tarleton was shooting an even 40-percent at the break while TAMUC shot 38.2-percent in the first 20 minutes. The Lions were 6-10 from downtown in the half, while Tarleton was 5-13.
TAMUC held a 21-20 rebounding advantage at the half. Tarleton has not been out-rebounded in a game yet this season.
The Texans, who moved up to 14 in the nation in Tuesday's NABC poll, were looking to hold on in the second half for their second consecutive 5-0 start.