The Tarleton Texans (2-0) clinched their second win of the season and their first in the sixth annual Texan Tipoff Classic Friday night in Wisdom Gym with an 81-66 victory over Texas-Permian Basin (0-2).
The win marks the 11th consecutive for the Texans in Texan Tipoff Classic games.
Corin Henry led the Texans with 29 points, which put him just one point shy of tying his own personal record. He was also 11 of 15 from the free throw line.
Henry was followed by Devon Hills and Warren Webb, who each earned 17 points. Wes Dipprey placed six on the board while Fabian Wilson earned five. Donta Smith earned three points for the Texans and Wale Ogunoye and Chris Harrell wrapped it up with two each.
The Falcons were the first to earn points in the opening two minutes of the game as Erik Martin completed two free throws after being fouled by Ogunoye.
Martin and the Falcons showed their talent at the line throughout the entire game as they completed 27-32 free throws, chalking up points off Texan fouls.
Despite foul trouble in the second half, which enabled their opponent to earn 18 points, the Texans did not have any players foul out. The Falcons, however, lost two in the last five minutes of the game as Martin and Klein Harper each hit five to end their night.
Falcons coach Dwaine Osborn also earned a foul for his team as he received a technical nine minutes into the second half.
Jamal Holden led the Falcons with 19 points, followed by Martin with 10. Louis Crane chalked up nine, followed by Ke'Andre Derrick and Elijah Jordan each with eight. John Wolfe had four while Austin Williams and Harper each had three. Eric Segert scored two for the Falcons.
Texans head coach Lonn Reisman said the No. 11 ranking his team earned in the coaches poll is motivating opponents to play their hardest to earn a win against the Texans.
"They really wanted to play us tonight," Reisman said. "They really wanted a piece of this (Tarleton) ball team."
Reisman, who was pleased with the win, said the Texans still have work to do, mostly defensively.
"We're not moving our feet defensively," he said. "I still think we have a lot of improvement to make defensively."
The Texans will play their second game in the Texan Tipoff Classic tonight at 7 p.m. against Newman College.