For the first time, the Tarleton State men’s basketball team has opened the season by winning its first seven games.
The No. 14 Texans rolled to a 90-35 victory Wednesday over Oklahoma Panhandle State, the fewest points allowed to an opponent since 2010 when Tarleton allowed just 32 points against Hillsdale Baptist.
The Texans’ true test comes when they travel to Las Vegas on Dec. 21-22 for the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic. They’ll face Central Washington and No. 5 Western Washington.
Western Washington fell in the Elite Eight semifinal of the NCAA Division II tournament in 2012, and was national champion in 2011.
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“We have a lot of games coming up that we are going to see tougher competition,” Tarleton State coach Lonn Reisman said. “Matchups like those on our schedule set us up to be able to head into conference play after playing some strong competition.”
The Texans, first in the Lone Star Conference in scoring at 96.6 per game, and Angelo State are the only undefeated teams in the LSC.
Tarleton’s bowl canceled
The Champs Heart of Texas Bowl scheduled for Saturday has been canceled because of the weather.
The Texans were to face Ouachita Baptist in Copperas Cove. Tarleton finished the season 7-3 and just missed the NCAA Division II playoffs after falling 44-7 to North Alabama in its final game of the season.
Tarleton, co-champion of the Lone Star Conference, was the lone conference winner to be left out of the playoffs.
Wesleyan drops opener
Texas Wesleyan fell 96-86 to Mid-America Christian University in its inaugural Sooner Athletic Conference matchup on Wednesday night.
Semar Farris’ 32 points were too much to handle for a Wesleyan team that shot over 50 percent from the field overall.