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Tarleton Sports Information

The No. 6 Tarleton Texans displayed a strong defensive front Tuesday as they held Hillsdale Free Will Baptist to just 25 percent from the field in a 104-32 victory.

Tarleton shot 56.7 percent from the floor in the game as four Texans scored in double figures and all but one Texan found the basket in the non-conference victory.

The Texans jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first six minutes of the contest with scores from Warren Webb, Corin Henry, Wale Oguonye and Devon Hills. With 15:41 on the clock, Louis Burden hit a jumper to give the visitors their first points. Henry added two free throws at 15:04 to return the lead to 10 before Carrington Tankson and Fabian Wilson had back-to-back buckets. Tarleton led 16-2 with 13:28 remaining in the half.

Burden hit a three from the top of the key 26 seconds later before Brody Clark had two free throws for the Saints to cut the lead to nine (16-7). A layup by Hills was followed by two Jacob Campbell free throws by the visitor. Toddrall Bates and Sam Webber then had buckets to cut the lead to five (18-13) with 8:56 on the clock. Smith then had a free throw for Tarleton followed by a steal and dunk by Hills.

With 8:00 on the clock, Chadd Gehrke was called for an intentional foul on Henry, and the Texan senior connected on the first bonus shot, but he missed the second. Tarleton led 22-13. The Texans continued their 10-0 run to take a 15-point lead (28-13). A layup by Smith followed by a jumper by Tankson put Tarleton ahead 32-13 with 6:03 remaining in the half.

Wilson had a layup was followed by a three from Darrion Washington prior to a layup by Wilson that stretched the lead to 26 (39-13) with 3:01 on the clock. The 21-0 run was stopped when Webber had two free throws for the Saints at 2:18. Smith had a jumper followed by a tip-in at 1:03. Chris Harrell followed with a free throw before Hills put an exclamation point on the half with a steal and a slam dunk that put Tarleton ahead 46-15 at the break. Tarleton finished the half with a 28-2 run over the last eight-plus minutes.

The two teams traded points in the first few minutes of the second half before Tarleton stretched its lead to as much as 47 before the second media timeout. Tarleton led 69-22. Wilson added two free throws for the Texans before a three by Washington pushed the advantage to 52 with 11:17 on the clock. Washington then had a layup and two free throws before Harrell added two bonus shots of his own as did Coleman Furst to make it 82-22 with 9:10 remaining in the contest.

Bates ended a 19-0 run by Tarleton with two free throws for the visitors before hitting a layup after a free throw by Tarleton’s Webb. Wilson then got a steal and a dunk for the home team before Burden had a layup on his own.

Dipprey had two straight buckets before James Thomas had a layup. Burden had a free throw before Nick Mosley connected on two. Thomas, Petite, Mosley and Harrell all scored down the stretch for the home team before Derek Walker hit a three for the visitors. Petite then had a jumper to give the game its final total, 104-32.

Tarleton was led by Smith with 20 points, and he missed a double-double by two rebounds. Also averaging in double figures was Washington (13), Wilson (12) and Henry (11). Dipprey led the team with nine boards as the Texans outrebounded the opponent 44-24.

Tarleton averaged .567 from the floor (38-67), .235 from the three-point arc (4-17) and .686 from the charity stripe (24-35).

The Saints were led by Burden with 10 points and Campbell with six rebounds.