Memphis native Kobe Powell was the only Texas A&M-Texarkana player with a hot hand Thursday night at the Patterson Student Center. Powell led the unbeaten Eagles with 21 points, and TAMU-T slipped past Jarvis Christian College, 71-60.
The nationally-ranked Eagles improve to 8-0 on the season, and 3-0 in the Red River Athletic Conference. Jarvis Christian is 2-4 overall and 2-3 in conference play. The two teams play again at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Both teams struggled offensively, the Eagles shooting 40 percent from the field and 31 from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs were even colder at 37 percent and 28, respectively.
Eagles pull away from Jarvis Christian late
The Eagles were nursing a 28-27 lead in the first half when Texarkana’s Connor Ouellette swished a 3-pointer at the buzzer. It was Ouellette’s first field goal of the game.
Texarkana built an 18-point lead in the second half behind Powell, Ouellette and John Brown University transfer Marquis Waller of Cleveland, Texas. Ouellette buried his second trey in the first minute, and the Bulldogs would never get closer. Waller finished with 14 points, while Ouellette scored 10.
Powell swished six of eight shots, including a pair of treys. He was five of six from the free throw line. Texarkana made 16 of 22 of its charity shots.
Jarvis Christian’s best play came from inside the paint. Six-foot-7 Christian Bennings and 6-5 Kobe Wrice scored 13 points each. Ten players scored for the Bulldogs.