STEPHENVILLE - It was a record-setting night as Tarleton State (3-0) cruised to a 94-19 victory over Dallas Christian College (0-9) Tuesday, picking up the Texans' 25th win in a row over a non-NCAA Division II opponent.
The Texans are now 55-6 against non-Division II opponents since joining the NCAA in 1994-95.
The 19 points scored by the Crusaders were the fewest by an opponent of the Texans in school history. The old record was set on Dec. 13, 2002 when Tarleton knocked off National Christian 83-23. That mark was tied on Dec. 15, 2003 when the Texans hammered Hillsdale Free Will Baptist 107-23.
The Texans connected on 16 three-point shots as a team, just missing the Tarleton record of 17 in a game.
Tarleton will break for the Thanksgiving holiday then return to the floor for a much tougher test against St. Edward's, a member of Division II's Heartland Conference. St. Ed's visits Wisdom Gym at 8 p.m. Monday, as Tarleton tries to win for the 100th time in 108 home games dating back to the 2001-02 season.
Tarleton made it a laugher early, as the Texans scored the final 16 points of the first half. They followed that up with 28 consecutive points to begin the second, making it a 44-0 run.
Dallas Christian scored its ninth and 10th points with 8:55 remaining in the first, and did not score again until there was 14:08 remaining in the game. A total of 14:47 ran off the clock between Crusader scores.
Avery Patterson hit six threes for the Texans, while Edwin Bryant finished with four and Jefrey Henfield knocked down three. Three other Texans connected on one shot each from beyond the arc.
Patterson finished with 20 points, while Henfield had 18 to go with 12 rebounds. Bryant tallied 14 points, and Terrence Gamble finished with 10. Eric Williams scored six and tied Henfield for the lead in rebounding with 12.
The Texans were 46.3-percent shooting from the floor, including 16-34 from downtown. Dallas Christian hit only eight of 54 field goal attempts for 15.4-percent.
Tarleton out rebounded Dallas Christian 57-24, and outscored the Crusaders 36-6 in the paint. The Texans scored 36 points off 26 turnovers, while DCC could turn 13 Tarleton miscues into only three points.
Brad Keith is the sports editor at the Empire Tribune. He can be reached at (254) 965-3124, ext. 241, or by e-mail at email@example.com.