COLLEGE STATION - History was made by Tarleton State Monday. Unfortunately it didn't end in the Texans' favor.
The Tarleton Texans basketball team made the trip to Texas A&M University for the second meeting ever against its parent institution, but couldn't upset the No. 14 Aggies, losing by the final score of 71-62.
Tarleton last traveled to Texas A&M in 1973 and was defeated 75-64.
More than 30 years later, the Texans played the Big 12 Aggies tough again Monday in front of a Reed Arena crowd of 8,224 that included a large contingency from Stephenville.
Tarleton led for over 11 minutes in the first half and trailed by only five with less than two minutes remaining in the game.
The teams traded points to begin the second half, but the Aggies went on a 16-5 run after Eric Williams failed to connect on a dunk. Tarleton fought back to within five, but could get no closer down the stretch as Limar Wilson missed on a late three-point attempt and Texas A&M hit four consecutive free throws to close the book on Tarleton's bid to sweep the Big 12 schools on its exhibition schedule.
The teams were slow to start with Texas A&M hitting only 27.6-percent of its shots, and Tarleton close behind at 26.9-percent.
The Texans were unable to match their hot start behind the three-point arc that fueled last week's upset of Baylor. A single Jefrey Henfield bomb was all that kept Tarleton from being shut out from beyond the arc in the first half.
Henfield tallied 20 points in 34 minutes of action, and also collected four rebounds and two steals.
Avery Patterson was the leading scorer for Tarleton with 21. He also snagged four rebounds and dished out an assist in 36 minutes of play.
Terrance Gamble posted 11 points and six rebounds for the Texans, while Dan Eichel and Limar Wilson both added seven points to the Tarleton scoring column.
Aggie big-man Joseph Jones scored 17 points, with 11 coming at the free throw line.
With its exhibition schedule complete, Tarleton now turns its focus to the beginning of regulation play. The Texan Tip-Off Calssic begins Friday, Nov. 16, and Tarleton meets Palm Beach Atlantic at 8 p.m.