A day after dropping their first game of the season, the No. 7 Tarleton Texans bounced back with a decisive 75-47 victory over Emmanuel College Saturday in the third annual Thanksgiving Classic finale.
Tarleton used the first half Saturday night to rush out to an early double-digit lead over Emmanuel through hot shooting from all over the court and limiting their turnovers.
After Emmanuel player Zach Lillie converted an and-one to cut the Lions’ deficit to two, 17-15 mid-way through the half, the Texans caught fire from the field starting with field goals from Ridell Camidge and Deshawn Riddick.
By the end of the first half, Emmanuel found themselves trailing , 44-22 after a 26-7 run by the Texans.
Tarleton shot a blazing hot 57 percent from the field in the first half, including four three-pointers. The Texan defense also played well limiting the Lions to an abysmal 26 percent shooting over the first 20 minutes.
The Texans also forced 12 Emmanuel turnovers in the first half, while committing only seven themselves.
With Tarleton up big at the beginning of the second half, the Texans laid one more run on the Lions scoring the first eight points of the half to increase their lead to 30, 52-22.
The rest of the game was back and forth as Tarleton somewhat took their foot off of the gas, but limited Emmanuel from posting any kind of serious comeback.
Leading Tarleton Saturday was big man Romond Jenkins who tied for a team high 13 points and also hauled in seven rebounds. Also scoring in double digits was Josh Hawley (12), Anthony Davis (13) and Denzel Smith (11).
The Texans improve to 4-1 on the season and will host longtime Lone Star Conference rival Midwestern State on December 1 in their conference opener. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.