LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Tarleton men’s basketball is coming home with a pair of wins after topping Rollins 72-53 to complete the sweep in Las Vegas.
The Texans outscored their opponents 65.5 to 51.5 with wins over Le Moyne and Rollins in the two-day tournament and have now won four straight games in Vegas dating back to 2016 and improve to 13-7 all-time in Sin City.
Tarleton shot 56 percent from the floor and 50 percent on 3-pointers (14-28) and held Rollins to 31.7 percent shooting. It’s the second straight game that Tarleton has held its opponent to under 34 percent shooting and less than 55 points with both totals being season lows for the Texan defense.
The Texans (9-2) had four players score in double figures, led by Josh Hawley’s 20 points and 13 rebounds. It’s the sixth double-double of the season for Hawley, who is averaging 17 points and 10.6 rebounds on the year.
Tarleton built a double-digit lead within the first seven minutes of the game behind a 15-0 run with three straight 3-pointers from Corinthian Ramsey, Randall Broddie and Josh Hawley for a 17-3 lead. Broddie had a perfect night from the floor, shooting 5-5 from the 3-point line for 15 points to go with a career-high five assists.
The Texans continued to hit from long range, as Broddie and Ramsey traded 3-pointers for the next 12 points to push the Texan lead to 29-12 with 4:34 to go in the half. Ramsey scored 12 points on 4-7 from deep and had a season-high seven assists in the contest. Richie Mitchell’s 3-pointer at the top of the arc sent the Texans to the locker room up 36-15. Mitchell had 11 points and two assists in 22 minutes off the bench in the win.
Hawley opened the second half with a dunk and his layup two possessions later gave the Texans their largest lead of the game at 43-17. The junior forward had a stretch in the second half where he went on a 9-0 run on his own to keep the Texan lead at 26. Hawley dominated the two games in Vegas, posting a team-leading 20 points and 13 rebounds on 67 percent shooting.
Isaiah Boling scored a career-best six points on a pair of 3-pointers, while Jesse Hill had five points and five rebounds and Clashon Gaffney had three points and six rebounds to round of the Texan scoring efforts. Sam Marshall had four rebounds and three assists in a team-leading 37 minutes of action.
Tarleton will return home looking for its fourth straight win to end 2018 as the Texans will host Wiley on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 4 p.m. in Wisdom Gym.