ODESSA, Texas - The South Plains College Texans got their season started right Friday night as they cruised to an 81-66 victory over Region 5 foe Ranger College (1-1).
South Plains (1-0) had five players score in double figures, three of whom are newcomers to the squad.
A returning sophomore, Malcolm Miller came off the bench to score 14 points making 5-of-9 shots from the field including two 3-pointers and sophomore transfer Tymell Murphy matched Miller's output with a nearly perfect night, making 6-of-7 shots.
Yanick Moreira, a 6-foot, 10-inch post from Angola, had an all-around performance scoring 12 points, pulling down 8 rebounds and wreaking havoc with three blocked shots. Moreira even showed some passing skills by dishing out three assists. Sophomores Stanton Kidd and Marshall Henderson pitched in with 10 points apiece, while starting point guard Devonte Smith helped his teammates out with a team high seven assists in 30 minutes.
As a team, the Texans made 30-of-55 (.545) shots from the field, much better than the 24-of-64 (.375) made by their opponent who seemed to want to live by the 3-point shot, converting 13-of-33.
After playing closely in the opening minutes, the Texans made their first run with 12 minutes, 20 seconds remaining by turning a 16-15 lead to 24-15 at the 9:32 mark and eventually went to the locker room up by 13, 42-29.
The Texans completely took control of the game early in the second half and extended their lead by as many as 24 points before settling with a 15 point victory in a game that saw each player on the roster receive playing time.
South Plains College, ranked No. 18 in the NJCAA, will return to action Saturday, November 5 against North Lake College who was in the midst of being defeated by Odessa College with the score 74-45 late in the second half Friday evening. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the contest will be streamed live over the internet at www.spctexans.com.