By BRAD KEITH
(February 3, 2018) — When Corinthian Ramsey was told to focus first on five assists and the points would come later, he probably didn’t think they would come this much later, or in this quantity.
The junior guard from Mansfield by way of Angelina College scored 13 points in the final six minutes Saturday, and Tarleton State scored a stunning 26 in the same stretch to come from four points back to beat Western New Mexico 66-49 , a final score not indicative of the stress the Texans endured until a layup, two free throws, a 3, and a dunk for 9 Ramsey points in a 1:24 of clock time and a 58-49 lead with 1:07 remaining.
Ramsey and Riddick combined to knock down all six Tarleton free throw attempts over the final two minutes, something the Texans have struggled with this season. Not Saturday, though, as they finished 10-11.
Josh Hawley completed the late melee with a pair of fast-break dunks, one fed to him by Riddick and the other from Ramsey.
Ramsey scored 17 points, 15 of them in the final 8 minutes and 13 in the final six. He also dealt five assists and nabbed four steals, though he did commit seven turnovers.
The Texans got what they needed with more Hawley – 13 shots attempts after 6 on Thursday – and less of what they don’t need – the Corinthian Ramsey show where the point guard fires 20 shots but not with wise selection or accuracy. He was 5-10 Saturday and 6-6 from the foul stripe. In fact, he attempted only three shots from behind the arc.
Tarleton bounced back from both a poor start to its road trip and a poor first half, shooting 52 percent from the floor and going 9-9 rom the foul stripe. They needed the win after having their 12-game win streak against ENMU wiped out two days before in a 61-57 loss.
Deshawn Riddick has made 49.5 percent of his 3-point tries, 3.3 percent better than Will Adler, the recognized 3-point shooting leader in the Lone Star Conference, because Riddick doesn’t average the required 2.5 successful 3-point shots per game. Riddick is 46-93, needing 1.7 more to have gone in to make the list within.
There isn’t a trip as long as the one to Portales then on Silver City, New Mexico, well, not by bus in the regular season anyway. Tarleton has its longest road trips of the season in back-to-back weeks. The Texans are at Texas A&M-Kingsville at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Angelo State at 4 p.m. Saturday.