SAN ANTONIO — It came to town having won 17 in a row and as the fourth-ranked team in the nation. Tarleton State left town with the ranking for a few more days anyway but not the streak as Incarnate Word defeated TSU 62-51 on Saturday.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|Incarnate Word 62, No. 4 Tarleton State 51|
|No. 6 Winona State 95, Concordia-St. Paul 45|
|No. 7 Kent. Wesleyan 84, St. Joesph’s (Ind.) 67|
|Indianapolis 65, No. 8 Southern Indiana 59|
|No. 9 Northern Kentucky 77, UW-Parkside 65|
|No. 11 Colorado Mines 75, Regis 66|
|No. 13 St. Cloud State 75, Upper Iowa 72|
|No. 15 Christian Brothers 62, Valdosta State 50|
|Northwood 73, No. 20 Hillsdale 59|
|Washburn 79, No. 23 Fort Hays State 67|
The win got UIW to 13-8 on the year and 9-5 in Lone Star Conference play. The victory put Incarnate Word into the LSC tournament.
Tarleton State continues to lead the league with its 12-1 mark (20-2 overall) but the long-standing winning streak is history.
The Texans led most of the first half before UIW seemed to get some traction by scoring the final six points of the stanza for a 32-26 halftime lead. That spurt began at the 4:25 mark and Incarnate Word never trailed again.
Twice in the second half TSU cut the margin to three points, the final time at 9:23 with the score at 44-41. Over the next three minutes UIW outscored the Texans 10-2 putting the lead at 11 at 54-43.
That deciding run found senior guard Shaun Umeh with a layup followed by a pair of free throws from junior guard Lyndale Brown. Senior forward Chris Johnson beat the defense baseline for a layup before Brown swiped the ball from the Texans and finished with a thunderous dunk. Johnson got the final two of the 10 with another layup.
In winning their seventh game in the last eight attempts, the Cardinals returned to what they had been doing best — holding the opponent to less than 60 points. Included in the team-wide defensive effort were 16 TSU turnovers including 11 Incarnate Word steals. Brown had four of those thefts while Umeh, the all-time career leader at UIW, took the ball away three times.
When the dust had settled a pair of Cardinals were in double figure points. Johnson shot 9-12 from the field and tallied a game-high 20. Umeh got eight in the second half and ended with 12.