No. 16 Texans trounce Greyhounds

Freedom New Mexico

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Going in with an undermanned squad to play the No. 16 team in the nation in NCAA Division II is not exactly a recipe for victory.

On top of that, Tarleton State was coming off a loss at West Texas A&M on Saturday in a game which determined the Lone Star Conference South Division champion.

Senior guards Avery Patterson and Jeffrey Henfield scored 17 points each and the Texans stormed to a 44-18 halftime lead en route to an 83-43 rout of Eastern New Mexico University on Thursday night.

ENMU has lost all but three of the original members of its roster due to suspensions and injuries, and the depleted Greyhounds (6-20, 0-11 South) were simply no match for the fired-up Texans in this one.

Tarleton (22-4, 9-2) went on a 19-0 run for a 39-10 cushion late in the first half. The Texans went on to lead by as much as 41 points near the end of the game.

Henfield shot 7-of-9 from the field while Patterson was 7-for-10, and they combined for five of the team’s 10 3-pointers. Tarleton shot 57 percent from the field in each half while holding the Hounds to 27 percent and forcing them into 21 turnovers, leading to 34 points.

Senior guard Justin Redman-Trotter turned in another valiant effort for the Hounds, scoring 20 points and posting team highs with five rebounds and two assists. Junior guard Marquis Ruffin added 14 points.

Tarleton State is ranked No. 1 in the South Central Region and is vying to host the regional tournament early next month. The Texans close their season on Saturday at Angelo State.

West Texas A&M wrapped up the South title on Thursday night with an 82-77 victory over Angelo State, finishing South play with an 11-1 record.

ENMU closes its season at home on Saturday night against Midwestern State.

Men
Tarleton State 83, ENMU 43
Eastern New Mexico (6-20, 0-11) — Matt Churchman 2-6 0-0 4, Randall Hutchinson 0-1 0-0 0, Ean Forrest 1-2 0-0 2, Justin Redman-Trotter 7-21 2-3 20, Marquis Ruffin 3-13 8-10 14, Adam Matthews 0-0 1-2 1, Jamaal Hadley 0-3 2-4 2, James Duggan 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 13-48 13-19 43.
Tarleton State (22-4, 9-2) — Jeffrey Henfield 7-9 1-1 17, EricWilliams 4-8 3-3 11, Terrence Gamble 1-3 4-8 6, Limar Wilson 1-3 3-4 5, Avery Patterson 7-10 0-0 17, Effran Bryant 1-2 0-0 3, Mike Daniels 3-5 0-0 8, Warren Webb 0-1 0-2 0, Wale Ogunoye 1-1 2-2 4, Marlin Cloudy 2-7 0-0 6, Dan Eichel 3-3 0-0 6, Nic Cantrell 0-1 0-0 0, Jake McWilliams 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-53 13-20 83.
Halftime — Tarleton State 44, Eastern New Mexico 18. 3-pointers — Eastern New Mexico 4-8 (Redman-Trotter 4-6, Forrest 0-1, Ruffin 0-1), Tarleton State 10-26 (Patterson 3-6, Daniels 2-4, Henfield 2-4, Cloudy 2-7, Bryant 1-2, Cantrell 0-1, Williams 0-1, Wilson 0-1). Rebounds — Eastern New Mexico 27 (Hutchinson, Redman-Trotter 5), Tarleton State 37 (Gamble 11). Assists — Eastern New Mexico 6 (Redman-Trotter 2), Tarleton State 17 (Daniels, Wilson 5). Total fouls — Eastern New Mexico 18, Tarleton State 19. Fouled out — none. A — 1,438.