By BRAD KEITH
Photo by RUSSELL HUFFMAN
STEPHENVILLE (March 17, 2015) — Tarleton State is elite again.
The Texans are headed to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight after edging Angelo State 66-64 in a South Central Region final that turned into a classic at Wisdom Gym Tuesday night.
Tarleton advances to the Division II Elite Eight in Evansville, Indiana and faces Mount Olive (NC) on Wednesday, March 25.
Angelo State star point guard Chris Jones missed two free throws with the Rams trailing by one in the final seconds, and EJ Reed grabbed the rebound and buried two Tarleton free throws at the other end, pushing the Texan advantage to 66-63.
Tarleton fouled Marsell Holden to keep him from getting off a potential game-winning three. He hit the first free throw, and after a timeout, missed the second intentionally with 2.4 seconds remaining. The rebound was tipped into the left corner and Bilal Richardson missed well short on a jumper as time expired.
Regional tournament MVP Mo Lee scored 14 to lead Tarleton, while all-tournament selection Michael Hardge had 13 and EJ Reed 12. The Texans led the rest of the way after a key 14-4 run midway through the second half.
ASU was led by Jones and Raijon Kelly with 15 each and Omari Gudul with 10.
It’s the fourth time Tarleton has hosted regional and the first time the Texans have won it in Stephenville.
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