STEPHENVILLE, Texas — The Texans won big Thursday night in their home opener of the 2022-23 season against first-time opponent Kansas Christian.
Tarleton hosted Kansas Christian for the first time in either school’s history, earning a decisive 95-49 victory over the Falcons. The 46-point margin of victory was the first time the Texans had beaten an opponent by 25 points or more since last year’s home opener against Paul Quinn on Nov. 19, 2021.
After one half of play, the Texans only led Kansas Christian by nine points before heading into the locker room. Everything head coach Billy Gillispie had to say to the team worked, as the Texans outscored the Falcons 56-19 in the second half. Tarleton started the half with a 26-2 run in the first nine minutes.
Two of the 12 newcomers to the team, Tydan Archibald and Garry Clark, found themselves leading the stats while starting the competition. Archibald scored a team-high 15 points, taking only shots from beyond the arc, with 5 of 9. He also had three steals and two assists in 23 minutes of play. Clark showed his ability to move in the paint and create chances for himself and his teammates. The 6-7 forward collected his first 14 points of the season, shooting 7 of 9 from the field and caught five boards in total.
Tarleton forced 28 turnovers in the game, the second time in two games they have forced 20 or more turnovers. The Texans also recorded 41 rebounds over the Falcons 19, the first time since Dec. 7, 2021, that they have rebounded their opponents by a margin greater than 20. Tarleton’s 19 rebounds are the fewest in a game since that they surrendered 22 to the Air Force on Dec. 21, 2021. Tarleton has now recorded consecutive games with 12 or more interceptions, collecting 19 interceptions in tonight’s contest.
The Texans bench came out strong in this game, contributing 48 of 95 total points against Kansas Christian. Leading the scoring charge from the bench was freshman guard Lajae Jones, with 13 points while shooting 6 of 8 from the field. Mareng Gatkuoth also scored in double digits with 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting.
Although he didn’t have a high-scoring game, Memphis, Tennessee transfer graduate Rod Brown grabbed eight rebounds, four offensive and four defensive, and provided six assists.
Next up for Texan basketball is a trip to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands to play in the Paradise Jam! First in line for Tarleton is Belmont on November 18, followed by George Mason or Boston College on November 19 or 20 and an undetermined opponent to be played on November 21.