No. 9 Tarleton’s six game win streak came to an end Thursday night as they dropped a road game against A&M-Commerce, 83-82.
The Texans struggles from the floor over the weekend in their win over Angelo State continued early on Thursday evening.
Tarleton, who shot 35 percent from the field Saturday, began the game hitting only two of their first 11 shots attempted.
With nearly 13 minutes remaining in the first half, the Lions held a 14-7 lead before Tarleton’s Anthony Davis hit a jumper that electrified the shooting of his team.
Following Davis’ shot, the Texans hit six of their next eight attempts from the floor to go on a 13-6 run giving Tarleton a 24-22 lead with 7:22 to go in the period.
The Texans’ lead didn’t last long.
Over the remainder of the half, the Lions outscored Tarleton 13-8 taking a 35-32 lead into the halftime break.
After 20 minutes of play, Tarleton’s Chantz Chambers led all scorers with 15 points after going 6-9 from the floor. Chambers’ six field goals were half of the 12 made baskets the Texans recorded in the first period while shooting 38 percent from the field. A&M-Commerce managed to convert 14 of their 30 attempts, or 47 percent shooting after 20 minutes of play.
Following halftime it appeared that Tarleton would take control after outscoring Commerce 6-2 over the first several minutes. However, the Lions quickly took back control going on the first of three key runs in the second half to take a five point, 43-38, lead with close to 16 minutes remaining.
The second run, a 6-0 stretch, came near the mid-way point of the half, while the third run for the Lions saw them score seven unanswered points over nearly two minutes to increase their lead to 14 points, 69-55, with 5:15 to go in the contest.
The double-digit lead was ultimately the dagger, despite Tarleton coming within a point of tying the game as time expired.
Tarleton’s Chantz Chambers led all scorers at the final buzzer with 33 points, while also bringing down eight rebounds.
Romond Jenkins finished with a double-double, including 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The Texans are now 22-4 on the season and 13-3 in Lone Star Conference play. The team is off this weekend and will be back in action next Thursday when they travel to take on Texas-Permian Basin.