Jenkins earns LSC Defensive Player of the Week honor

Tarleton senior Romond Jenkins is the Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week. || Courtesy Tarleton Athletic Communications

Special to The Flash

Tarleton State has a 1.5-game advantage in the Lone Star Conference standings with a 11-2 league record.  UT Permian Basin is just behind TSU at 9-3 in LSC action.

LSC play rolls on this week with one league contest Tuesday and four conference games on both Thursday and Saturday.  The Angelo State at Tarleton State match-up on Saturday is part of the NCAA Division II Basketball Showcase and will be broadcast on ESPN3.

The LSC men have a 138-84 overall record so far this season.  In the NCAA South Central Region, the men’s teams are currently 21-6 combined versus Heartland Conference teams and 14-4 against the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Daeshon Francis, UT Permian Basin, JR, Forward, Indianapolis, Ind., Lawrence North
Francis led the Falcons in scoring this week, averaging 16.5 points while shooting 70 percent from the field in a pair of wins over Arlington Baptist and West Texas A&M. He came up big in the four-point win over the Buffaloes, scoring 25 points on 10-16 shooting with eight rebounds to keep the Falcons unbeaten record at home intact.

Romond Jenkins, Tarleton State University, SR, Forward, Midwest City, Okla., Douglass HS
Jenkins was the defensive anchor in leading No. 12 Tarleton to a pair of wins last week over Eastern New Mexico and Western New Mexico by averaging 16.5 points on 56 percent shooting, 15 rebounds, four blocks and two steals. Against ENMU, Jenkins grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds (11 defensive) to go with 10 points, a career-high three assists and two blocks. Jenkins prevented any Greyhounds player from recording more than seven rebounds. In the senior night win over WNMU, Jenkins had his best all-around game as a Texan, posting a game-high 23 points while matching career highs with 17 rebounds (11 offensive boards) and six blocks in only 25 minutes of play. The 6-foot-8 forward also logged a game-high four steals. It was Jenkins’ 13th double-double of the season, as the Texans remain undefeated when the big man posts a double-double. Jenkins and the Texans limited WNMU to a season-low 45 points on 30 percent shooting. It’s the lowest point total Tarleton has allowed since 2015 when they held McMurry to 42 points. For the week Jenkins and the Texans held opponents to 59 points on 40 percent shooting.


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