STEPHENVILLE – No. 11 Tarleton still had a bad taste in its mouth after a crushing five-point road loss to Texas A&M-Kingsville that snapped a 10-game winning streak back on January 7.
So how did the Texans respond? By stomping the Javelinas, 78-41, and holding A&M-Kingsville to its lowest point total since 2014. It's the lowest points allowed by the Texans, the No. 9-ranked defense in the nation, since they gave up 35 to Oklahoma Panhandle in 2013.
The Texans (21-3, 12-2) held the Javelinas to 25 percent shooting and nine percent on 3-pointers to snap TAMUK's six-game winning streak. The Texans, winners of five straight, connected on 45 percent of its shots and drilled eight 3-pointers in the one-sided match. The win also gave Tarleton its 500th victory since it moved from NAIA to the NCAA ranks in 1994.
Ridell Camidge led all scorers with 20 points, his team-best seventh 20-point game of the season, while Chantz Chambers poured in 18 points and Anthony Davis scored 16 to lead the Texans.
Although, A&M-Kingsville led by four early for its only lead of the game, the Texans exploded out of the gates with an 11-0 run to go up 15-5. Davis drained his fourth 3-pointer of the first half to push the Texan lead to 25-9, as the lead remained in double figures the rest of the game. Davis was 4-of-5 on 3-pointers in the first half where he scored 14 of his 16 points.
The Texans closed the first half on an 18-3 run over the final six minutes to lead 43-15 at the break. It's the lowest-first half total the Texans have given up all season, with the previous low being last game against Western New Mexico, who managed only 22 points.
Camidge hit a pair of free-throws to give the Texans a 30-point lead at 48-18 with 17:24 to go. Camidge, the second-leading free-throw shooter in the LSC in 91 percent, was 9-of-10 at the line in the game, including 6-of-6 in the second half.
Romond Jenkins threw down a two-handed alley-oop slam from Camidge for a 27-point advantage. It was Jenkins' only points of the second half, but the reigning LSC Defensive Player of the Week, grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to go with six points and three blocks.
Tarleton shot a season-best 89 percent from the free-throw line (24-of-27), including 15-of-16 in the second half. Three Texans were perfect from the line: Chambers (8-8), Nosa Ebomwonyi (4-4) and Deshawn Riddick (2-2). Riddick finished with four points, five rebounds and two assists. The Texans have also taken care of the basketball as of late, only committing 10 turnovers, the third straight game of 10 turnovers or less.
Nosa Ebomwonyi led all scorers off the bench with six points, six rebounds and two steals in 25 minutes. Curtiss Anderson (3 points), Brandon Willis (3) and Jacob Morales (2) completed the Texan scoring efforts.
Tarleton will host Angelo State, which will air live on WatchESPN, on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 4 p.m.