STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Guard Carrington Tankson converted four 3-pointers and scored 19 points and Tarleton State scored the game’s first six points and never relinquished the lead en route to an 85-75 Lone Star Conference South Division men’s victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Saturday night.
The division-leading Texans extended their home winning streak to 15 games, but it didn’t come easily. The Greyhounds (9-12, 4-5) converted 12 3-pointers and kept the margin between eight and 15 points most of the way.
Wes Dipprey added 15 points and seven rebounds and Wilson Fabian scored 10 points off Tarleton’s bench, while guard Corin Henry finished with 11 points and five assists.
Guard Tralyn Harden went 6-for-13 from 3-point range and finished with 23 points for ENMU. Junior guard Versia Hodges came off the bench to score 13 points.
A dunk by Donta Smith and Carrington’s 3-pointer staked the Texans to their quick lead just over a minute into the game, but the Hounds rallied and pulled to 9-7 on a layup by Stefan Mirabal with 16:34 left in the half.
After falling behind by nine points, the Hounds pulled to 20-18 midway though the half. Tarleton took off on a 15-2 run over the next 5 1/2 minutes and carried a 42-30 lead into halftime.
ENMU got within seven points twice midway through the second half, but dunk by Nick Mosley pushed the margin to 74-61 with 4:07 to go.
The Texans shot 51 percent from the field and converted 24-of-42 free throws. ENMU shot 41 percent for the game (23-of-56), including 12-of-26 from 3-point distance.