Early run leads TSU past Dallas Christian 88-58

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Tarleton's Michael Hardge sets the offense after the Texans forced one of 24 turnovers against Dallas Christian Saturday night.

A 12-3 run toward the end of the first half blew open a tight game and gave Tarleton its first double digit lead on the way to an 88-58 non-conference win over Dallas Christian Saturday night at Wisdom Gym.

The run started and ended with 3-pointers from freshman Nosa Ebomwonvi, who  led the Texans with 14 points in Saturday.

Tarleton coach Lonn Reisman was complimentary of Dallas Christian and cited the need for his team to get more game experience.

“You could see that we’re still growing,” Reisman said following the game.  “This was their tenth game and we haven’t played in a week. We’re just three games into the season. We’ll see where we are after another week of practice.

“We have to play more games,” he reiterated. “You can practice all you want but the timing’s not the same.”

A steal that resulted in a coast-to-coast bucket plus a free throw after a foul for Michael Hardge boosted the halftime advantage to 51-36 in Tarleton’s favor.

Tarleton scuttled the Crusaders offensive attack in the second half, limiting Dallas Christian to just 37 percent shooting and 22 points.

Tarleton’s lead grew to 21 points about eight minutes into the second half when Damion Clemons banked in a short jumper to make it 61-41.

A pair of Crusader buckets closed to gap to 17, but a 9-3 streak, capped by a trey from Teven Jones as the shot clock expired, stretched the lead to 23 at 70-47.

The Texans outscored DC 18-11 in the last seven minutes.

Ebomwonvi led all scorers Saturday with 14 points, including three 3-pointers. Davene Carter and E.J. Reed each finished with 12.

The Texans take to the floor Friday and Saturday next week hosting the Thanksgiving Classic. Tarleton battles Pittsburg State at 7 p.m. Friday, then tangles with Northwest Nazarene University at the same time on Saturday.