By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (February 13, 2017) — A pair of double-digit rebound performances and a conference-leading 14th double-double in a pair of important wins were enough for Tarleton State senior center Romond Jenkins to again be named Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week by league officials in Richardson Monday.
It’s the second straight defensive honor and fourth of the season for Jenkins, who scored six points and 11 rebounds in the 78-41 Thursday night thrashing of Texas A&M-Kingsville. He also blocked three shots to lead a defensive effort that allowed the second fewest points in a game since Tarleton joined the LSC in 1994-95. It was the fewest points Tarleton had allowed in any game since 2014 and the least scored by A&M-Kingsville since 2013.
But Jenkins wasn’t done. The 6-7 senior center from Midwest City, Oklahoma doubled up in the second half alone against Angelo State Saturday, collecting 16 points, 10 boards and two blocks after intermission to lead the Texans from a five-point deficit to a 76-67 victory that opened up a 2.5-game lead atop the conference standings with three road contests remaining.
Jenkins finished with 20 total points and 15 rebounds against ASU, pushing his season averages to 12.8 points and 11.2 rebounds. He leads the LSC in rebounding and is trying to become the first Texan to average a double-double for an entire season since Eric Williams in 2008-09.
“He’s a great rebounder, that’s the biggest compliment I can give him because it shows how hard he works out there,” said 29th-year Tarleton head coach Lonn Reisman following Saturday’s win.
Tarleton (22-3, 14-2) is one win – or one UT-Permian Basin loss – from locking up at least a share of the LSC title. The Texans visit Texas A&M-Commerce at 7:30 p.m. Saturday following a 5:30 p.m. women’s contest.