STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton men’s basketball fell to Texas A&M-Kingsville 76-72 on Thursday in Wisdom Gym.
The Texans move to 5-7 overall and 1-5 in the Lone Star Conference while the Javelinas improve to 10-2, 6-0 and have won eight straight games. The loss snaps a five-game Texan winning streak against the Javelinas and it’s the first time A&M-Kingsville has won in Wisdom Gym since 2009.
Tarleton opened the first 12 minutes of the game with a game-high 16-point lead as they went up 29-13. The Javelinas closed the gap to within three before a midrange jumper by Isaiah Range in the final seconds of the first half put the Texans up 39-34, the lead they took to the locker room.
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The Texans put the lead back up to nine in the first four minutes of the second half. The Javelinas went on top for the first time since the opening minutes with nine minutes remaining in the game. The Texans led for 29 of the 40 minutes of the game, but the Javelinas outscored the Texans 42-33 in the second half and led for the final eight minutes of the game.
A&M-Kingsville had 17 offensive rebounds which led to 23 second chance points (11 for Tarleton) and the Javelina bench outscored the Texans 45-9 in the game.
Randall Broddie posted a game-high 19 points, while Isaiah Range added a career-high 18 points and Devin Bethely posted 14 points, giving the Texans three players in double figures. Zach Naylor grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds and dished out a personal-best five assists to go with four points and two steals.
Tarleton will look to bounce back at home against Texas A&M International on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 4 p.m. in Wisdom Gym.