STEPHENVILLE – No. 12 Tarleton won its 20th game of the season in an 86-45 rout over Western New Mexico on Saturday in Wisdom Gym.
The Texans (20-3, 11-2 LSC), winners of four straight, have won at least 20 games in eight straight seasons and for the 14th time in the last 16 seasons. The Texans hold a game and a half lead over UT-Permian Basin for the top spot in the LSC with five games remaining.
Before the game, the Texans honored four seniors: Romond Jenkins, Chantz Chambers, Jacob Morales and Sawyer Kipp. Jenkins might've had his best all-around game as a Texan, posting a game-high 23 points while matching career highs with 17 rebounds and six blocks. The 6-foot-8 forward also logged a game-high four steals. It was Jenkins' 13th double-double of the season, as the Texans remain undefeated when the big man posts a double-double.
Tarleton jumped out to an early 20-2 lead in the first eight minutes of play with half of the points coming in the paint. The Texans dominated the glass and points in the paint, winning the rebound battle 54-35 and scoring 50 points in the paint.
Jenkins had two straight layups on assists from Brandon Willis for a 20-point lead at 26-6 in the first ten minutes of the game. Willis, along with Ridell Camidge, dished out a team-high four assists in the game.
Tarleton led 46-23 at the break and only had one turnover, its lowest first-half total of the season. The Texans only had four turnovers on the game for a new season-low. The 45 points allowed was also a season low that the Texans have given up. It's the lowest total scored against Tarleton since McMurry managed only 42 points in 2015.
Jenkins and Chambers helped Tarleton pad its lead to open the second half by going on a 14-4 run with the duo combining for 12 of the 14 points for a 33-point lead. Chambers scored nine of his 12 points in the second half. Ridell Camidge scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds while also dishing out four assists. Anthony Davis had nine points in the win.
The large lead allowed for the Texans to provide quality minutes for its players off the bench as the Texans scored 29 points from its reserves. Nosa Ebomwonyi led all players off the bench with a career-high 15 rebounds to go with seven points. Ebomwonyi was effective on the offensive glass with eight of his 15 rebounds coming on the offensive end. Willis continues to produce for the Texans as the true freshman recorded eight points and had four assists.
Morales scored five points, had three rebounds, two assists and two steals on senior night as fellow high school teammate and current senior, Sawyer Kipp, drilled a 3-pointer at the top of the key in the final seconds of the game for his only points to go with three rebounds.