Texan Basketball gets back on track with 23-point rout of Wiley

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By DAVID SWEARINGEN

STEPHENVILLE – The Tarleton men’s basketball team shook off a pair of shaky performances by returning to true Texan form in a 90-67 rout of Wiley College at Wisdom Gym Saturday afternoon.

Randall Broddie got the offense started quickly with a three ball to put the Texans on top. After Wiley pulled within one, Josh Hawley drained a triple to start a run of seven unanswered points to allow the Texans to pull away at 17-9.

After a Wiley bucket, Tarleton extended its lead even further with a 32-18 run over the rest of the opening half to send the Texans into the locker room with a 49-29 deficit.

Out of the break, Josh Hawley scored Tarleton’s first five points of the new half to extend the lead to 26 in the first few minutes. Tarleton would never lead by less than 19 or more than 28 the rest of the way.

Josh Hawley boasted his second 20-10 double-double of the season with a 20-point, 10-rebound performance on a perfect 8-8 shooting performance from the floor. Isaiah Range (14), Javontae Hopkins (13) and Zach Naylor (12) combined for 39 points in double-digit scoring performances off the bench while Broddie also reach double digits with 10.

Tarleton will remain home next Thursday to begin Lone Star Conference play against new-league rival DBU at 7:30 p.m. It will be a Max Point Game in the Tarleton Fan Rewards Mobile App and the game will be broadcasted on the Tarleton Sports Network.


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