ST. JOSEPH, MO. - Like father, like son.
In his first game as head coach since taking over the program his father led for 30 years, Chris Reisman picked up his first career victory in thrilling fashion.
The Texans took down Missouri Western on the road, 78-76, in a come-from-behind victory at the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic in the Civic Arena.
Tarleton scored the final four points, all at the free throw line, with Josh Hawley sinking the winning points with 12 seconds left. Hawley recorded his 11th career double-double with 12 points, a game-high 14 rebounds and three blocks in the win.
The Texans took control early in the game, building a 13-4 lead in the first six minutes of play. Missouri Western went on an 11-3 run to get to within one point with two minutes left in the half. The Texans led 37-34 at the break.
Both teams struggled shooting the ball in the first half as the Texans went 30 percent from the floor and Missouri Western went 35 percent. However, Tarleton went 20-of-24 at the free-throw line in the opening half and finished 26-of-30 for the game.
When the Griffons took a 57-56 lead with 12 minutes left in the game, Corinthian Ramsey took over offensively to bring the Texans back. Ramsey scored 16 of his team-leading 20 points in the second half while drilling four 3-pointers.
Ramsey hit back-to-back 3's and a mid-range jumper with five minutes left to tie the score each time. His three with 2:30 left tied the score at 74 before the Griffons took the lead moments later with 42 seconds remaining.
Ramsey and Hawley made the final four free throws to life the Texans to the season-opening win.
Clashon Gaffney was a spark off the bench scoring a career-high 11 points - his first career double-digit game - and grabbed four rebounds and blocked three shots. Randall Broddie also scored in double figures with 11 points in his first game with the Texans.
Jaraan Lands, Preston Enloe, and Jesse Hill each had six points, while Sam Marshall added five points and Richie Mitchell scored one to round of the Tarleton scoring efforts.