Tarleton men’s basketball moves exhibition game vs. Central Christian to November 1


STEPHENVILLE – Fans will have the opportunity to get their first glimpse of the 2021-22 Tarleton men’s basketball team earlier than anticipated.

Tarleton announced on Wednesday it is hosting its home exhibition game vs. Central Christian College (KS) on Monday, Nov. 1. Tipoff time remains at 7 p.m.

Fans will not be required to purchase a general admission ticket to attend the game. Reserved and courtside seats will be for season ticket holders only.

For those unable to attend, the game will be streamed live on ESPN+ and live stats will be available.

This will be the first-ever meeting between Tarleton and Central Christian, which is located in McPherson, Kansas and is a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).

Tarleton’s regular season home-opener is set for 7 p.m. on Nov. 19 vs. Paul Quinn. The Texans begin the year with three consecutive road games against powerhouse programs in Stanford (Nov. 9), Kansas (Nov. 12) and Wichita State (Nov. 16).

Single game tickets are now on sale at TarletonSports.com/Tickets. Fans can purchase general admission season passes in one of three ways: online at TarletonSports.com/Tickets, in person at the Tarleton Athletic Ticket Office or by calling 254-968-1832. The Tarleton Athletic Ticket Office is located on the west side of Memorial Stadium and is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Texans are entering their second season at NCAA Division I and under head coach Billy Gillispie. Tarleton closed the 2020-21 season with wins in seven of its last nine ballgames – four of which came on the road vs. conference opponents – to finish with a 10-10 overall record.

Tarleton returns eight letter winners from its inaugural D1 team, including reigning Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year Freddy Hicks (8.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg) and senior Montre Gipson (15.3 ppg, 3 apg), who earned Preseason Media All-WAC first team honors on Oct. 18. Also back are seniors Shakur Daniel (7 ppg, 2.7 apg) and Tahj Small (9.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg), who joined Gipson in picking up All-WAC honorable mention team credentials at the conclusion of the 2020-21 campaign. Rounding out the returners are guards Shamir Bogues, Javontae Hopkins and Joey Madimba and forward Jonathan Jackson Jr.

Of the 11 newcomers Gillispie added to his roster, six are D1 or junior college transfers and two possess a year of post-graduate playing experience.

The veteran coach singed junior guard Alejandro Vasquez out of St. Bonaventure and added forwards Kylon Owens (Blinn College) and Bryce Brown (South Georgia State College) and guards Jaheim Holden (Barton CC), Chase Lane (Hill College) and Jahlen Jack (Cerritos College) this summer. Freshmen forwards Jayshawn Moore and Cameron Jernigan spent the 2020-21 year at Combine Academy and Don Bosco Prep, respectively, before venturing south to the Lone Star State. Gillispie also inked a pair of standout Texas prep players in freshmen Noah McDavid (Lake Highlands HS) and Garrett Levesque (Coronado HS). Guards Luke Winslow (Christian Heritage Academy) and Stefan Bryant (Concordia University Texas) joined the team as well to comprise the 2021-22 squad.

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