LEVELLAND, Texas - Stanton Kidd recorded his second career double-double and Marshall Henderson and Malcolm Miller had double-digit scoring nights to help the No. 7 ranked South Plains College Texans (6-0) remain undefeated with a 69-59 victory over the Collin County Community College Cougars Saturday afternoon at the Texan Dome.
Kidd, whose previous double-double came in a 2010-11 conference game against Frank Phillips College, scored 14 points and 10 rebounds in just over 30-minutes of play. Henderson was hot from the outside for the third consecutive game to lead all scorers with 17 points, and Miller came off the bench to chip in with 12.
The Texans once again got off to a hot start, leading by 12-points midway through the first half. The Texan defense held Collin County to less than 26-percent shooting from the field in the first half, led by freshman Yanick Moreira who had five blocks, all in the first half of play. South Plains took a ten point lead to the locker room, 37-27.
Henderson began the second half by knocking down a three-point bucket after a Collin County turnover to extend the lead to 13. Collin then went on a 7-0 scoring run that prompted Texan coach Steve Green to take a timeout at the 17:34 mark. After the 30-second timeout, Moreira scored 7-of-his-9 points to help lead the Texans on a 10-0 run that was capped by another Henderson three-point basket, giving South Plains their biggest lead of the night, 50-34.
Collin County (6-2) would pull to within seven points with just over 7-minutes remaining, but that is as close as they would get as the Texans would win by 10 and give the Cougars their second loss of the season.
In addition to his nine points and five blocks, Moreira also contributed seven rebounds that helped SPC win the battle of the boards by a margin of 12, 50-38.
The Texans made 25-of-57 (.439) shots from the field, while their opponents made only 21-of-70 (.300) which included a lackluster 4-of-25 (.160) from beyond the three-point line.
South Plains College will travel to Plano for the Collin County Thanksgiving Tournament November 25-26. The Texans first game will be a rematch with Collin County on Friday at 8 p.m. South Plains will then play Panola at 6 p.m. Saturday.