The 2016-17 Texan basketball team looks loaded on paper and fans got an early preview of just what to expect Sunday afternoon with an exhibition against Southwestern Christian.
With the departure of senior guard Michael Hardge and forward EJ Reed, many wondered where the points would come from, but that doesn’t appear to be an issue as nine different Tarleton players scored in the game’s first half, including Josh Hawley who led the team with 10-points at the break.
Other than not scoring in the game’s first 1:12 of game time, Tarleton didn’t appear to show any preseason nerves.
Following two Chantz Chambers free throws, Anthony Davis hit a layup which was followed by a Ridell Camidge three-pointer to send the Texans to an early 7-0 lead.
The Eagles didn’t have much of an answer for the Texan offense or defense as they were held to only 21 points in the game’s first half and shot only 28 percent from the field.
At halftime, Tarleton had stretched out a 25-point, 46-21 lead.
The second half didn’t get any easier for Southwestern as Tarleton kept the heat on and continued to shoot 44 percent from the field, including 38 percent from beyond the arc.
While the scoreline leaned heavily in the Texans favor, the second half was more even regarding points scored. The Eagles kept up with the Texans in the game’s final 20 minutes with Tarleton finishing with a slight 31-28 edge.
Overall, 10 Tarleton players scored in the game with Josh Hawley finishing with a team high 19 points. Also finishing in double digits was Deshawn Riddick (12) and Romond Jenkins who recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The Texans are scheduled to begin their regular season on November 11 when they host Adams State at 7 p.m. in Wisdom Gym.