It wasn’t always pretty, but it didn’t have to be - at least not with the opponent being lowly Dallas Christian (1-20), an NAIA team that has struggled all season and dressed only seven players for the game.

Tarleton State (9-2) did what was expected at Wisdom Gym Monday night, blowing past the Crusaders 84-55 for their fourth straight win.

The Texans were sloppy at times, especially early on when Dallas Christian used an 8-2 run to pull within two at 19-16 with just over nine minutes to play in the opening half.

But the Texans used their advantages in depth and athleticism, scoring the next 15 points to begin pulling away.

Tarleton led 44-20 at the break, and stretched the advantage to as much as 38 in the second half.

Jeremiah Wilson tallied his third straight double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. He and Effran Bryant tied for second in scoring for the Texans, who were led by Devon Hills with 18.

Corin Henry was impressive again at point guard, scoring nine points while dishing out three assists and grabbing five rebounds.

The Texans out-rebunded the Crusaders  43-28 and outscored them 34-14 in the paint.

Tarleton is home again on Saturday when they host Texas-Permian Basin in the 7 p.m. nightcap of a double header that begins with a 5 p.m. women’s game between the TexAnns and Texas Wesleyan.