Throw out the records when Tarleton and Midwestern State match up, because every game comes down to the final minutes when these two rivals play.
Saturday was no different in Wisdom Gym. After trailing by one at the half, the Texans pulled away in the second half to down the Mustangs, 82-75, and sweep the season series.
Tarleton (12-8, 7-4) has now won five straight games over Midwestern State (6-14, 3-8), which is the longest winning streak in the series for the Texans since the rivalry began back in 1989.
Corinthian Ramsey led all Tarleton scorers with 23 points as the Texans shot 50 percent from the floor for the second straight game. The Texans improved to 11-0 this season when they shoot a higher percentage than their opponent, which the Texan defense held Midwestern to 44 percent.
The Mustangs had the hot hand early on, building a 12-6 lead in the first 4:30 of play. It was the largest lead the Mustangs would have all game because the Texans came storming back with an 11-0 run led by three straight 3-pointers from Deshawn Riddick and Preston Enloe.
Tarleton led by as much as nine in the first half, but Devante Pullum's 19 first-half points - including the Mustangs' final 16 points before the buzzer - helped Midwestern rally back to go up 36-35 at halftime.
The Texans used a 14-5 run in the first six minutes of the second half to build its first double-digit lead at 50-40.
After going scoreless last game for the first time all season, Jaraan Lands rebounded in a big way, especially in the second half, as the junior posted 12 points and seven rebounds in the final 20 minutes and finished the game with 17 points.
Ramsey, who had 14 of his 23 points in the second half, gave the Texans their biggest lead at 54-42 with 12:40 remaining.
Midwestern's Brandon Neel had a big half of his own, scoring 19 of his game-high 27 points in the second half that pushed the Mustangs back to within three points with 4:41 to go. But it was Lands that answered with the next four points, followed by a Ramsey 3-pointer on a Deshawn Riddick assist to go back up by eight and pull away for the win.
Riddick joined Ramsey and Lands in double figures scoring with 16 points on five 3-pointers and had a team-high five assists. Riddick is shooting 50 percent on 3-pointers this season (40-of-80), which is on pace to set the single-season school record held by Tracy Guy (47.8%).
Josh Hawley grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds, his fourth straight game with double-digit boards, to go with eight points, which all came at the free-throw line (8-of-8).
Jesse Hill led the Texans with seven points off the bench and had a pair of steals.
The Texans will begin a four-game road trip as they travel to Eastern New Mexico on Thursday, February 1 at 8:30 p.m. CST.