STEPHENVILLE, Texas – The Texans gained huge on Thursday night time of their dwelling opener of the 2022-23 season in opposition to first time opponent Kansas Christian.
Tarleton hosted Kansas Christian for the primary time in both faculties’ historical past, popping out with a decisive 95-49 victory over the Falcons. The 46-point win margin was the primary time the Texans had defeated an opponent by 25 factors or extra since final years’ dwelling opener in opposition to Paul Quinn on Nov. 19, 2021.
After one half of play, the Texans solely led Kansas Christian by 9 factors heading into the locker room. No matter head coach Billy Gillispie needed to say to the group labored, because the Texans outscored the Falcons 56-to-19 over the course of the second half. Tarleton began the half with a 26-to-2 run via the primary 9 minutes.
Two of the 12 newcomers on the group, Tydan Archibald and Garry Clark, discovered themselves on the prime of the stats whereas additionally beginning the competitors. Archibald scored a team-high 15 factors, solely taking photographs from past the arc, going 5-of-9. He additionally picked up three steals and two assists over the course of 23 minutes of play. Clark showcased his potential to maneuver across the paint and create alternatives for him and his teammates. The 6-7 ahead picked up his first 14 factors of the season, capturing 7-of-9 from the sphere, and grabbed 5 boards complete.
Tarleton compelled 28 turnovers within the recreation, the second time in two video games they’ve compelled 20 or extra turnovers. The Texans additionally recorded 41 rebounds in comparison with the Falcons 19, the primary time since Dec. 7, 2021, that they’ve out rebounded their opponents by a margin larger than 20. The 19 allowed rebounds by Tarleton are the fewest in a recreation since they gave up 22 to Air Pressure on Dec. 21, 2021. Tarleton has now recorded back-to-back video games with 12 steals or extra, selecting up 19 steals in tonight’s’ contest.
The Texans’ bench got here out robust on this matchup, contributing 48 of the 95 complete factors in opposition to Kansas Christian. Main the scoring cost from the bench was freshman guard Lajae Jones, with 13 factors whereas capturing 6-of-8 from the sphere. Mareng Gatkuoth additionally picked up double-digit scoring with 10 factors off 4-of-10 capturing.
Though he did not have a excessive scoring recreation, the graduate switch from Memphis, Tennessee, Rod Brown, grabbed a game-high eight rebounds, 4 offensive and 4 defensive, and dished a game-high six assists.
Subsequent up for Texan basketball is a visit to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, to play within the Paradise Jam! First in line for Tarleton is Belmont on Nov. 18, adopted by both George Mason or Boston Faculty on Nov. 19 or 20 and an undetermined opponent to be performed on Nov. 21.
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