SAN ANGELO – Tarleton men’s basketball dropped its first road game of the season to Angelo State, 80-71, on Thursday at the Junell Center.
Josh Hawley led the Texans (4-4, 0-2 LSC) with 24 points and 13 rebounds, recording his seventh double-double of the season in just eight games. Randall Broddie and Dexter Johnson each added 12 points, which was also a career high for Johnson. Clashon Gaffney tallied 11 points and three blocks, giving the Texans four players in double figures on the night.
A 17-3 run by Angelo State to close out the first half was the difference in the game, as the Rams led 47-32 at the break and the Texans never recovered. The Texans went scoreless for the final 2:30 of the first half while the Rams scored the final nine points to extend what once a tie game with six minutes left in the first half.
The Texans’ lone lead of the game came at 24-23 with 7:22 left in the first half on a layup from Broddie.
Rebounding was a factor in the game as Angelo State was +9 in the rebounding column and also had seven more offensive rebounds which led to +12 in second chance points. The Rams also connected on 10 3-pointers.
The Texans outscored the Rams 39-33 in the second half while shooting 51.5 percent from the floor and holding the Rams to 37 percent shooting.
Devin Bethely added a career-high seven assists to pace the offense. Freshmen Javontae Hopkins (6 points) and Isaiah Range (4 points) were the only players to score off the bench for the Texans.
Tarleton will take on Lubbock Christian on the road on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.