SC Region: LSC powers Tarleton, ASU shoot for Elite Eight

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Tarleton and Malcolm Hamilton are among the Elite Eight in NCAA Division II, which includes 319 men's basketball teams. || Photo by RUSSELL HUFFMAN/TheFlashToday.com

By BRAD KEITH

TheFlashToday.com

STEPHENVILLE (March 15, 2015) — In a fitting end to a banner season in the Lone Star Conference, the men’s South Central Region Championship is down to a pair of LSC powers.


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Tarleton State (29-3) hosts Angelo State at 7 p.m. Tuesday, with the Texans trying to reach their third Elite Eight and ASU hoping for its first. The Elite Eight is March 25-28 at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana.

Tarleton and ASU are two of the four LSC teams that won more than 20 games this season, the first time that has happened in at least 17 years.

Here’s how they stack up as they try to take their seasons from ‘sweet’ to ‘elite.’


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Prior meetings:

Angelo State 78, Tarleton State 60 (January 7 in San Angelo)

Tarleton State 72, Angelo State 68 (February 11 in Stephenville)

Path through the regional:

Tarleton State 71, St. Mary’s 52

Tarleton State 84, UC-Colorado Springs 62

Angelo State 85, Texas A&M-Commerce 79

Angelo State 66, Midwestern State 49


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Scoring offense:

Angelo State 84.7

Tarleton State 75.2

Scoring defense:

Tarleton State 60.1

Angelo State 63.8

Scoring margin

Angelo State 20.9

Tarleton State 15.1

Field goal percentage

Angelo State 52.9

Tarleton State 48.7

Field goal percentage defense:

Angelo State 39.2

Tarleton State 39.6

3-point field goal percentage

Tarleton State 39.6

Angelo State 39.0


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3-point field goal percentage defense

Tarleton State 29.8

Angelo State 31.2

Rebounds

Angelo State 38.4

Tarleton State 35.1

Rebound margin

Angelo State +6.4

Tarleton State +5.0

Turnovers

Angelo State 12.0

Tarleton State 13.3

Turnover margin

Angelo State +3.8

Tarleton State +2.3


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Individual leaders

Tarleton State – Mo Lee – 15.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.1 steals; Michael Hardge – 10.4 points, 3.6 assists, 1.4 steals; Malcolm Hamilton – 9.1 points

Angelo State – Demario Mayfield – 16.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.6 steals; Chris Jones – 15.4 points, 4.9 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 2.3 steals; Marsell Holden – 14.5 points, 1.0 steals


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