Texans thump Southwestern Adventist 113-50

CALEB MCCAIG cmccaig@empiretribune.com
Tarleton guard Michael Hardge takes a shot over a Southwestern Adventist player Wednesday.

Coming off of a bad loss against West Texas A&M over the weekend, the Texans came out Wednesday shooting on all cylinders and took care of business against Southwestern Adventist 113-50.

The Knights from Keene, Texas likely gave the Texans more of a fight than they expected in the first 20 minutes of Wednesday’s afternoon matchup. Tarleton began the game with an alley-oop to EJ Reed, but Southwestern Adventist didn’t back down from the challenge. They went basket-to-basket with Tarleton in the early minutes and even held a brief 6-4 lead. However, the Texans retook the lead thanks to an 11-0 run. However, from there the Texans only managed to outscore the Knights 36-30 to send the two teams to half with Tarleton leading 51-36. 

EJ Reed, Charles Hill and Romond Jenkins all finished the first 20 minutes with more than 10 points and all shot better than 50 percent from the field. 

The second half was more of the same story. Southwestern Adventist played with determination, but Tarleton’s talent ultimately closed things out as the Texans outscored the Knights 62-14 in the second half. 

The Texans dominated almost every statistic in the game, including turnovers. The Texans only had three turnovers on the day, while forcing the Knights into 13 of them. Tarleton also managed to score 42 bench points, 35 more than the Knights scored and also out-rebounded their opponents 50-24. 

Five Texans finished in double digits with EJ Reed, who was held scoreless against West Texas A&M Saturday, leading the way with 24 points and six rebounds. Charles Hill (17), Michael Hardge (13), Xavier Smith (16) and Romond Jenkins (12) also hit double digits. 

The win moved the Texans to 15-4 overall on the season. They’ll hit the hardwood again on Saturday when Texas A&M-Commerce visits Wisdom Gym. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.