Texans climb to No. 7, rout Arlington Baptist

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(December 2, 2014) — No. 7 Tarleton State handled its business as expected with an easy win over winless Arlington Baptist College at Wisdom Gym Tuesday, running, dunking and shooting its way through an easy 95-45 win.

The Texans, who moved up one spot in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches poll released earlier Tuesday, shot 50.8 percent from the field, their second straight game over 50 percent.

Tarleton showed all its depth with 13 players scoring points led by three in double figures. Mo Lee had 14 along with three assists, Davene Carter was 6-6 from the floor and had 13 to go with five rebounds and Michael Hardge scored 11.

Tarleton and forward EJ Reed expect a much tougher test Saturday when they welcome St. Mary's to Wisdom Gym for a 7 p.m. regional showdown. || Photo courtesy NATHAN BURAL/Tarleton
Tarleton and forward EJ Reed expect a much tougher test Saturday when they welcome St. Mary’s to Wisdom Gym for a 7 p.m. regional showdown. || Photo courtesy NATHAN BURAL/Tarleton

Arlington Baptist was led by Raphael Garcia with 17 and Patrick Howard with 12, but the National Christian College Athletic Association member was no match for the Division II Texans. ABC shot just 28.3 percent, and was out-rebounded 45-28.

Tarleton hit 62.5 percent in the first half, including 57.1 percent behind the arc. The Texans were ahead 52-20 at the intermission. TaShawn Mabry and EJ Reed each scored nine for Tarleton, Malcolm Hamilton added eight and true freshman Deshawn Riddick netted seven.

Tarleton expects a much tougher test when Heartland Conference member St. Mary’s visits Stephenville for a South Central Region showdown at 7 p.m. Saturday.

St. Mary’s has a pedestrian 3-3 record, but is already 2-1 against Lone Star Conference teams. The Rattlers hosted and defeated Midwestern State 63-50 last Sunday, and have split two games – each decided by five points – with Texas A&M-Kingsville.

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