Both No. 11 Tarleton and No. 12 West Texas A&M entered Thursday's contest inside Wisdom Gym with control over the Lone Star Conference race up for grabs. 

Early on it was the Texans who seemed prime to dominate the game. 

Over the first six minutes, Tarleton strung together a couple of runs and found themselves up big over the Buffaloes, 15-3. West Texas struggled shooting from the field early on, making only two of their first 11 attempts. 

The Texans later grabbed their largest lead of half, 15 points, after forward Josh Hawley made two free throws to give his team a 28-13 advantage with close to seven minutes remaining in the half. 

Tarleton's hot start would somewhat stall though. Over a six-plus minute span, the Texans didn't hit a field goal, but hit 11 free throws to somewhat maintain their lead, before going into halftime with a 37-29 lead. 

Romond Jenkins was the star of the first half for Tarleton scoring a team high 12 points and bringing in six rebounds. 

The second half began almost identically to how the first did. 

Through almost seven minutes of play, the Texans had outscored West Texas 21-5 and held a 58-34 advantage with 13:28 remaining, their largest lead up to that point. 

The remainder of the game was more level between the two teams, but the Buffaloes were unable to truly threaten Tarleton's lead, resulting in a 91-73 victory, the Texans 16th win of the season. 

Five Tarleton players ended the game with double-digit point totals, including Deshawn Riddick who scored a team high 19 points. Both Chantz Chambers and Ridell Camidge scored 17 points, while Josh Hawley scored 10 points. Tarleton center Romond Jenkins finished with another double-double after scoring 16 points and bringing down 11 rebounds. 

With the win, the Texans are now 16-2 on the year and 7-1 in LSC play. They'll be back in action on Saturday when they host UT Permian Basin at 4 p.m.