Both No. 10 Tarleton State and Concordia-Irvine put on a poor shooting clinic Saturday, but the Texans did just enough to escape with a 67-58 victory.
After Anthony Davis got the scoring started in the game and Tarleton ran out to an early 6-3 lead both teams went ice cold from the field.
For the next three and half minutes neither team could hit a field goal, but a Romond Jenkins layup at the 14:33 mark eventually fueled a 7-0 run for the Texans thrusting their lead to 11-3 in the first half.
Tarleton hit their largest lead of the first half after Ridell Camidge hit a three-point shot to give the Texans a nine-point, 14-5 lead. However, the early struggles after taking a large lead continued for Tarleton as Concordia later responded with a 6-0 run, two of the baskets coming off of Tarleton turnovers, to cut the deficit to 18-17 with close to eight minutes remaining in the half.
Over the final eight minutes of the first half the Eagles were unable to take a lead of their own as the Texans outscored Concordia 13-12 to take a 31-29 lead into halftime.
After tying the game less than a minute into the second half at 31, Concordia managed to only hit two more field goals, including a period of close to eight minutes without one at all, up until the 5:12 mark of the half. Over that span, Tarleton eventually stretched out their largest lead of the game taking a 13-point, 53-40 lead.
Concordia’s Mike Mellinger then took matters into his own hands ending the field goal drought with a jumper before hitting two three-point shots and another two-point field goal to cut Tarleton’s lead to only three points over a one a minute and 48 second span.
As the Eagles ended their field goal drought, the Texas began one of their own that last more than the final five minutes of the game. Fortunately, part of the drought was due to fouling by Concordia and Tarleton managed to hit 14 free throws to ice the game.
The game as a whole was somewhat a sloppy one. The two teams combined for 39 turnovers, including 22 committed by Tarleton. The team’s also shot a combined 39-110 from the field for a game average of 35.5 percent shooting.
Leading Tarleton on the stat sheet was post player Romond Jenkins who finished the game with a double-double, including 10 points and 13 rebounds. Leading the team in scoring was guard Ridell Camidge who finished with 15 points. Also scoring in double figures was Chantz Chambers (11) and Josh Hawley (13).
With the victory, the No. 10 Texans improve to 3-0 on the season. The team will be back in action next Friday to take on Colorado State-Pueblo in the Tarleton Thanksgiving Classic.