By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (December 15, 2014) — Unbeaten No. 6 Tarleton State (8-0) overwhelmed a Paul Quinn College team that had just five players for the final 12:07 at Wisdom Gym Monday night.
The Texans amassed 72 points in the paint and 52 off their bench in the 100-65 beat down of the NAIA and Red River Athletic Conference member Tigers, who showed little fight after Tarleton finished the first half on a 43-12 run for a 55-23 lead at the intermission.
Devane Carter was the most dominant down low, racking up 19 points and 13 rebounds for his sixth career double-double. Tarleton out-boarded Paul Quin 43-29, outscored the Tigers 36-11 off turnovers and knocked down 21 fast-break points.
Joining Carter in double figures were Malcolm Hamilton and EJ Reed with 15 each and Michael Hardge with 14. Twelve Texans scored in the malay as they shot 54.3 percent from the field.
Paul Quinn had four four double-digit scorers as well, but with no bench, the Tigers appeared to wear down quickly. Jalen Johnson scored 19, Jared Mitchell and Francis Frank each had 12 and DeWayne Bowden added 10. The Tigers shot 46 percent, only because they were 62.5 percent in the second half when any doubt concerning the outcome had long since been arased.
Tarleton plays away from home of the first time this season Thursday and Friday when they face Western Washington then No. 13 Drury (Mo.) in the South Point Hotel & Casino Holiday Hoops Classic in Las Vegas. The next home games for the Texans are Dec. 30 against South Dakota Mines and Jan. 2 against York College (Neb.).