For the second consecutive year, Colorado State-Pueblo handed the No. 7 Tarleton Texans their first loss of the season, despite a career night from Deshawn Riddick.
After leading the Texans at halftime with 11 points, Deshawn Riddick immediately impacted the game at the start of second half as he scored seven consecutive points to give Tarleton a 46-38 lead after only 1:16 of game time.
Close to mid-way through the second half, Josh Hawley made his presence felt scoring eight straight points for Tarleton, including three dunks, to give his team a 64-58 advantage.
Over the game’s final 7:34, the ThunderWolves and Texans battled as Pueblo held the Texans largest lead to only four points over the span.
Pueblo managed to tie the game with 2:13 remaining, but Anthony Davis hit four straight free throws to give Tarleton a 77-73 lead with 1:36 remaining.
Leading by three, 78-75, Pueblo managed to drive the lane and sink a lay-up while drawing a foul, which was converted to tie the game at 78.
The play of the game came with 2.53 seconds on the clock as the Texans attempted to inbound a pass, but a foul was called on Tarleton with 1.69 seconds on the clock giving Pueblo two free throws, one of which they converted to claim a 79-78 victory.
Earlier in the game, both teams combined for three lead changes in the opening few minutes of the game, Tarleton rushed out to an early 13-7 advantage following a 9-0 run over a quick span of 1:45.
While the Texans found an early advantage one category on the scoreboard seemed worrisome as Tarleton had already committed eight fouls with 13:38 left in the half, including two on Chantz Chambers, Romond Jenkins and Anthony Davis.
Facing that early foul trouble, the ThunderWolves caught a cautious Texan defense on their heels going on a 13-0 run over a four minute scoreless span for Tarleton.
Trailing 20-13 with close to 12 minutes remaining in the half, Deshawn Riddick hit a three-pointer to finally end the scoring drought. Shortly afterwards, Romond Jenkins hit a layup to cut Pueblo’s lead back to four, 24-18.
Over the last 11 minutes of the first half, Tarleton managed to outscore the ThunderWolves 21-14 to take a 39-38 lead into halftime.
Tarleton was led by Riddick who finished the game with a career high 27 points. Also finishing in double digits was Ridell Camidge (10) and Anthony Davis (11).
The Texans will be back in action Saturday night when they host Emmanuel College at 7 p.m. in Wisdom Gym.