5 Texans earn All-Conference honors


FRISCO – Tarleton men’s basketball had five players honored by the Lone Star Conference with postseason awards, league officials announced on Wednesday.

Josh Hawley claimed second team All-LSC honors to lead the Texans. Randall Broddie and Clashon Gaffney each earned third team All-LSC while Gaffney was also named to the LSC’s All-Defensive team. Isaiah Range and Javontae Hopkins were selected to the LSC All-Freshman team.

It’s the third straight season Hawley has been named All-LSC as the senior forward from Irving, Texas was named second team as a sophomore and first team as a junior. Hawley leads the Texans with 15.2 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game. Hawley, who was the LSC Preseason Player of the Year, is closing out one of the most storied careers in Tarleton history. The four-year starter and All-American is the first player in school history to top 1,500 career points in the NCAA era and ranks fourth all-time in scoring with 1,577 points. Hawley is also third in rebounds, third in steals, third in blocks and second in double-doubles for his career.

It’s the first all-conference awards for Broddie and Gaffney in their careers. Broddie, a senior guard from Temple Hills, Maryland, is second on the team with 11.1 points and 2.4 assists while shooting 45 percent from the floor. Broddie leads the Texans with 46 3-pointers this season and is shooting 45 percent from behind the arc. Broddie has started 59 games in his two years with the Texans. Gaffney has enjoyed a breakout season with the Texans as the junior forward from Clarksville, Texas is averaging career highs in points (9.4), rebounds (6.1), blocks (1.9), and field goal percentage (66%) and played all 29 games. Gaffney, a two-time LSC Defensive Player of the Week winner this season, is the fifth Texan to make the LSC’s All-Defensive team since it was established in 2014 and joins teammate Josh Hawley, who’s a two-time winner of the award.

Tarleton’s dynamic freshman duo of Range and Hopkins were recognized in the inaugural All-Freshman team from the LSC. Range established himself as a top scoring threat for the Texans as he worked his way into the starting lineup during conference play, ranking third on the team with 9.6 points per game, 3.5 rebounds and shooting 50 percent from the floor. Hopkins has been electrifying off the bench, averaging 6.8 points on 45 percent shooting in his first year. Both Range and Hopkins have played in all 29 games this season.

Tarleton (18-11) has advanced to the LSC Championship Tournament for a record 19th straight season. The Texans took down UT Permian Basin, 84-68, on Tuesday in Stephenville in the opening round of the bracket to advance to the eight-team, three-day tournament in Frisco. The Texans, playing as a No. 7 seed, will take on No. 2 seed St. Edward’s on Friday, March 6 at 2:30 p.m. at the Comerica Center. For tickets and tournament information, visit TarletonSports.com.

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