SAN ANGELO - With the Lone Star Conference tournament brackets already set before tip-off, No. 16 Tarleton State came out flat and fell, 76-58, to Angelo State (17-10, 6-6) in the regular season finale for both schools.
The win marked the first ASU defeat of Tarleton in seven years. The Rams last knocked off the Texans on Feb. 8, 2001, also in San Angelo.
With the Lone Star Conference South Division slate complete, both schools will advance to the LSC Tournament in Bartlesville, Okla. Wednesday.
Angelo State scored the first eight points of the contest, and later poured in the first 13 of the second half.
It took Tarleton more than 6 minutes to score after the break, and by the Texans finally put an end to ASU run, the Ram lead had swelled to 43-28.
The Rams’ Quinn Barfield led all scorers with 16, while Marcus Hubbard posted the only double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. He was a big reason why ASU outscored Tarleton 32-20 in the paint.
Jefrey Henfield was the only Texan in double figures, connecting for 11 points. The senior also grabbed seven rebounds.
Tarleton finishedjust 34.6-percent from the floor, including only 20-percent from beyond the arc. To make matters worse, the Texans left 12 points at the free throw line while connecting on only 60-percent (18-30).
Tarleton has only three days to regroup before tournament action begins. The Texans face Northeastern State, the No. 3 seed from the North, in the quarterfinals at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Bruin Field House.
Tarleton deeated NSU, 56-50, in LSC crossover play on Jan. 5 in Stephenville.
The winner of Wednesday’s quarterfinal advances to the semifinal round at 8:30 p.m. Friday.