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Third-ranked Texans run away from Clarendon in second half
 January 14, 2014

LEVELLAND – Freshman Andre Spight scored a team high 22 points, Ryan Martin and Roderick Lawrence each added 18 and the NJCAA third-ranked South Plains College Texans dominated Clarendon College in the second half to run away with an 89-69 victory Monday night at the Texan Dome.

South Plains (17-1, 4-0 WJCAC) now has sole possession of first place in the league standings.

Clarendon (5-11, 0-3) gave the Texans all they could handle in a fast-paced first half in which the Texans seemed to control most of, but just could not quite get away from the Bulldogs.

South Plains led by as many as seven points three different times, but Clarendon was able to fight their way back.

Late in the first half, Lawrence completed a three-point play to give the Texans a seven-point lead with only 1:33 remaining, but Clarendon closed out the half on a 6-0 run and the Texans went to the locker room up only a point, 41-40.

The second half was a different story.

Up only two in the opening minutes of the back half, Spight grabbed an offensive rebound to keep their possession alive and Emmanuel Omogbo found Sekou Harris for a basket in the paint that began an 11-2 scoring run, giving the Texans a 58-47 advantage.

After Clarendon fought back to within four, Harris and Spight sandwiched a couple of 3s around two free throws by Ryan Martin that put the Texans back up 66-54.

Clarendon would never get within single digits again as the Texans outscored the Bulldogs 31-15 in the final 10 minutes of the game to run away with the victory.

Harris finished the game with 10 points for his fourth consecutive game with a double-digit effort.  Billydee Williams chipped in with nine and Emmanuel Omogbo scored eight.

As a team, the Texans made 32-of-71 (.451) shots from the field and outrebounded Clarendon 39-23.

The Texans return to the court Thursday, Jan. 16 when they travel to Roswell, N.M. to take on the New Mexico Military Broncos.  Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. mountain time and will be broadcast live on 1230 AM KLVT Radio with Michael Wiiest on the call. 

New Mexico Military is 10-6 overall and 0-4 in conference play.

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