By BRAD KEITH
(November 29, 2014) — It’s tough enough to beat Tarleton State in Wisdom Gym. When the Texans shoot 58.7 percent, it’s next to impossible.
No. 8 Tarleton (5-0) shot exactly that percentage against Northwest Nazarene (1-6) Saturday night and cruised to an 81-61 win to remain unbeaten early in the season. The Texan bench outscored NNU’s 42-19, led by Damion Clemons and Malcolm Hamilton with 15 points each.
Clemons was a perfect 6-6 from the floor and had the second-highest scoring performance of his career. Hamilton was 5-7 and dealt three assists in his second game after opening the season on a three-game suspension for an unspecified team rules violation.
Tarleton shot its blistering percentage despite beginning the game just 1-5 from the floor. The Texans hit nine of their next 11 and by halftime were hitting 60 percent. They were on cruise control after a 15-2 lead in the middle stages of the half.
TaShawn Mabry scored 12 and Mo Lee 10 and five assists for Tarleton, which outscored NNU 28-9 off turnovers and 38-28 in the paint.
Northwest Nazarene shot just 39.3 percent but did have three double figure scorers – Erik Kinney 13, Mike Wright 11 and Kevin Rima 10.
After playing five games over three weekends, the Texans have their first mid-week game on Tuesday. They host Arlington Baptist at 7:30 p.m., following a 5:30 p.m. women’s contest, also against ABC.