Led by double-doubles from Richie Mitchell and Josh Hawley, Tarleton men's basketball got back in the win column with a 79-75 win over UT Permian Basin on Thursday in Wisdom Gym.
The Texans improve to 14-5 overall and 4-4 in the Lone Star Conference while UT Permian Basin falls to 10-8, 3-5.
Mitchell came off the bench and had his best performance as a Texan, posting 15 points and 10 assists - both career highs - with only one turnover in 29 minutes for his first career double-double.
Hawley entered the game averaging a double-double on the season - the only player in the LSC to do so - and was right at his averages, recording a team-high 19 points with 12 rebounds for his LSC-leading 10th double-double of the season and 20th of his career.
The Texans relied on the sharp-shooting sophomore Preston Enloe in the first half, as Enloe came off the bench to score 16 points in the opening frame. With the score tied at 27-27, Enloe gave the boost the Texans needed, scoring nine straight points on three 3-pointers that started an 11-0 run for a 38-27 advantage with 1:18 left in the half. Enloe completed a 4-point play - his fifth first-half 3-pointer - with one second left on the clock that sent the Texans to the locker room up 44-30. Enloe finished with 17 points in 19 minutes with no turnovers.
A 9-0 run Texan run in the opening minutes of the second half pushed the lead to 55-38 when Hawley drilled a 3-pointer at the top of the arc. Hawley scored eight straight points for the largest lead of the game at 19 with 12:48 remaining.
UTPB, who has now lost three straight LSC games, wasn't about to go down without a fight. The Texans led by 15 with six minutes remaining before the Falcons went on a 20-7 run over the next five minutes to cut the deficit to two. Mitchell converted on his free throws in the final seconds to make it a four-point game and close out the victory at home.
After coming off his first-career double-double last weekend at Eastern New Mexico, Jesse Hill had another all-around performance for the Texans, scoring nine points with eight rebounds and tying a career-high with four blocked shots. Sam Marshall went 6-6 at the free-throw line en route to eight points and Randall Broddie added seven points. Clashon Gaffney (2 points), Brandon Goldsmith (1) and Corinthian Ramsey (1) rounded out the Texan scoring efforts.