SAN ANGELO – Tarleton went into halftime holding a 30-26 lead but couldn’t hold on down the stretch and fell 64-62 at the Junell Center Thursday.
After Angelo scored five unanswered to begin the game, Josh Hawley got Tarleton on the board with a second-chance bucket that started a 10-5 Tarleton surge over the next three minutes to tie things up at 10-10. Corinthian Ramsey followed up by giving Tarleton its first lead of the game with a layup off a steal a few seconds later.
Hawley scored the next four points on back-to-back possessions to extend Tarleton’s lead out to six with 13:51 left in the opening half.
After Angelo battled back to tie and take a two-point lead, Tarleton answered with a three-ball from Hawley to break a 22-22 tie with just under five to play in the opening half. The Hawley triple started an 8-4 Texan run that sent Tarleton into halftime with a 30-26 lead.
Out of the break, Tarleton built its lead up to as many as eight over the first nine minutes of the second half but Angelo State connected on 10 free throws over the next five minutes to stay in the game and take a one-point lead with six minutes left.
The lead changed four times over the next five minutes with Angelo State taking a 60-59 lead with 37 seconds left. Tarleton missed a driving layup on the ensuing offensive possession that fell in the arms of Angelo State, which began a string of free throws that would end the game.
Hawley recorded his league-leading 11th double-double of the season with 21 points and 11 rebounds. The junior from Irving was 8-15 from the floor with a pair of three-pointers and added one steal and a block.
Jesse Hill cracked double figures with 10 points while Ramsey (7), Randall Broddie (5), and Sam Marshall (5) combined for 17 more to round out the starting five. Brandon Goldsmith (6), Isaiah Boling (3), Clashon Gaffney (2), Preston Enloe (2) and Richie Mitchell (1) rounded out the scoring for Tarleton.
Tarleton outshot Angelo from the floor – 43 percent (20-47) to 35 percent (17-48) – but were outshot at the free throw line 71 percent (25-35) to 62 percent (16-26). The Texans also lost the rebounding battle (36-27).
The Texans will look to get back in the win column Saturday with a road trip to Texas A&M-Kingsville. Tarleton will tip-off at 4 p.m. from the Steinke Center.