By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (February 18, 2015) — Tarleton State faces tough road tests on a huge night of basketball across the Lone Star Conference.
The Texans and TexAnns visit West Texas A&M at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the First United Bank Center in Canyon.
“Tough road trip, no doubt, always is,” said Lonn Reisman, the 27th year men’s head coach at Tarleton. “West Texas A&M is peaking at the right time and playing very well right now. We all saw the score and what they did to a very good Midwestern team in this same gym just a week ago, and they played very well again at Cameron on Saturday.”
The Buffs (16-9, 6-5), winners of six of their last seven, defeated MSU 73-60 in Canyon a week ago, and thumped Cameron 88-73 in Lawton, Oklahoma last Saturday. They were comfortably ahead most the way in both double-digit wins.
Not that Tarleton’s been too shabby, The Texans (22-2, 9-2) have won nine straight, including last Wednesday’s 72-68 upset of then-No. 4 Angelo State in Stephenville, and a 75-70 road win over Texas A&M-Kingsville last Saturday.
Tarleton is alone in second in the LSC, a game behind leader ASU and a game ahead of third-place MSU. West Texas A&M is fifth, just half a game behind fourth-place Texas A&M-Commerce.
The Texans, ranked 11th nationally by the NABC, are led by senior guard Mo Lee, who averages 14 points per game for the season and 18.5 points over the last eight games. He is also the team’s leading rebounder at five boards per outing, and averages 2.6 assists and more than one steal.
TaShawn Mabry scores 13.1 per game for the Texans, followed by Michael Hardge at 10.7.
The Buffs don’t have Tarleton’s depth, but they do have four double-digit scorers. Guard Tez Dumars and true freshman point guard David Chavlovich score 15.8 per night, Miles Gatewood 14.8 and Antjuan Ball 12.3.
On the women’s side, No. 6 West Texas A&M (20-2, 11-1) is 1.5 games ahead of MSU and Cameron for first in the LSC, while Tarleton (14-8, 7-6) is tied alongside Texas A&M-Commerce for fourth.
The TexAnns are led by senior guard Kathy Thomas with 13.5 points, three assists and 1.6 steals per game. Sophomore forward Ikpeaku Iwobi averages 11 points and 8.5 rebounds.
WTAMU is paced by Chontiquah White with 17.5 points and nine boards per outing, while Sasha Watson scores 12.4 to go with four assists and 2.8 steals per game.
Note: Tarleton’s men won the first LSC meeting with West Texas A&M, 76-71, while the WTAMU women defeated the TexAnns 87-86 in an overtime thriller. Those games were played on January 21 in Stephenville.