STEPHENVILLE – The Texans put on a show for their Senior Night, defeating the Southwestern Assemblies of God Lions 110-45 in Wisdom Gym on Tuesday night.
Tarleton seniors Rod Brown, Coreyoun Rushin and Shakur Daniel were all recognized prior to the game for their selflessness and relentless work ethic this season and throughout their Tarleton careers. They were each presented with framed jerseys to commemorate their final college basketball season as Tarleton Texans.
Shamir Bogues had a record-breaking performance for the Texans, earning a double-double with 30 points and 11 steals. Bogues is the first Texan to record 30 points and 10+ steals in Tarleton history, and is now the all-time leader in single-game steals, surpassing Chris Brown’s 10 steal performance set on Jan. 23, 1995, against West Texas A&M.
Bogues is the only player in NCAA Division I with 30 points and 10+ steals in a single game this season and the only player to do so in at least the past 13 years. In NCAA Division I this season, Bogues now has the second-most steals in a single game (13; Nelson Phillips, Troy) and is one of only three players to record 10+ steals in a single game (Nelson Phillips, Troy; Malique Jacobs, Kent St.)
Bogues missed tying the all-time WAC single-game record for steals by one, set by TCU’s Greedy Daniels who recorded 12 steals against Arkansas Pine Bluff on Dec. 30, 2000.
Tarleton (16-15, 9-9 WAC) started off hot with 12-straight points, holding Southwestern Assemblies of God (20-10, 14-8 SAC) scoreless over the first six minutes of play. Bogues initiated the scoring with the first of 20 dunks the Texans would accumulate during the game.
The Texans had numerous runs during the first half and accumulated a 22-point lead with nine minutes until halftime.
SAGU had no response to the Texans’ smothering defense and headed to the locker room with a 26-point deficit at the half.
Tarleton began the second half much like the first with a 10-2 run to jump their lead up to 34 points.
The Lions fought valiantly, responding to several Tarleton three-pointers with deep shots of their own, but the Texans’ dominance on both sides of the ball continued to push their lead up significantly as the game progressed.
Tarleton recorded a season-high 27 steals for the game, diminishing any hopes for offense the Lions could muster.
The Texans gave their seniors a final home game to remember as they handily defeated the SAGU lions 110-45.
Bogues finished his historic game with 30 points, 11 steals, six assists and six rebounds. Freddy Hicks earned 23 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Jakorie Smith picked up 10 points, five rebounds and two assists and steals each. Lajae Jones came off the bench to earn nine points, five rebounds and two blocks for the game.
Tiger Booker, Javontae Hopkins and KiAndre Gaddy each earned six points with Booker also earning four assists and three rebounds.
Daniel picked up four points, five rebounds and two assists. Tydan Archibald recorded five points and Luke Winslow scored a three-pointer while grabbing five boards. Noah McDavid scored four points while Lue Williams and Garry Clark each scored a bucket.
The Texans will next head to Las Vegas, Nevada for their first post-season appearance in Tarleton’s Division I era after being granted participation to the WAC Tournament. Tarleton is locked in at No. 7 in the WAC and will begin tournament play on Tuesday, March 7, at 8 p.m. CT. Their opponent has yet to be determined, as the results of games this week could shift teams into the No. 10 ranking.