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The men's basketball program has long been a fixture on campus, but it has been only recently that Tarleton has started to reap honors through senior college competition.
Men's varsity basketball began at Tarleton almost from the beginning of the college. It was one of the first forms of intercollegiate athletics enjoyed on the campus.John Tarleton Agricultural College was recognized in the early years as one of the state's most powerful junior college teams. Outstanding individuals in the early years included such names as Roy Hudspeth, Vernon Bunt Adams, Monty Montgomery, Zelna Compton, and Brady Nix.Beginning in 1934, the Tarleton Plowboys won 86 consecutive games and were undefeated for four seasons. In a 10-year span the team won 157 of 169 games. Several times during that streak, the Plowboys played four-year scholarship teams.
Names like Willard Baxter, Willie Tate, Joe Headstream, Oran Spears, James Britt, Elmer Finley, Jude Smith, Carl McConachie, Thurman Slue Hull, and Tommy Tinker were legends at Tarleton during the 1930s.When the school began senior college competition, the team nickname was changed to the Texans.Three of the biggest names in the senior college era of Tarleton basketball are Marshall Procter, Dwayne Johnson, and Ross Taylor. These three players put up impressive individual numbers during a span that saw Tarleton register just one winning record in the 27 seasons.
Was a dominant player while helping Tarleton make the transition from junior college to senior college.
Was the nation's leading rebounder during the 1980-81 season, averaging 16 boards a game.
A four-year letterman guard, finished as the career scoring leader for Tarleton with 1,800 points. Taylor led the Texans to the University's first winning season as a senior college in 1984.
1988-89Team went 18-11 and the 1989-90 season produced Tarleton's best record as a senior college, 26-5. Jeffrey McFadden was named the District's Most Valuable Player that year and became Tarleton's first All-America men's basketball player.1990-91 Team also went 26-5 and Roderick Brown earned honorable mention All-America status. McFadden and Brown both were selected in the CBA draft by the LaCrosse Catbirds.1991-92 Team won the District 8 title and became the first Tarleton team to compete for a national championship. The team advanced to the NAIA Division II national tournament, which also was hosted by Tarleton, and finished the season 26-10.1992-93Reisman coached Tarleton to another District 8 title as well as a second NAIA II national tournament appearance. The team posted a 22-11 mark as Sean Walker captured first team NAIA All-America honors.1993-94The Texans made a third-straight trip to the national tournament in, winning the Southwest Region title in Tarleton's last year of NAIA Division II membership. 1994-95The Texans began the process of moving their membership to NCAA Division II. Tarleton suffered back-to-back losing campaigns, but Givens still gave the Texans a reason to be proud.
1995-96Givens returned in 1995-96 to become Tarleton's all-time scoring champion as he finished with 2,104 points in 123 games. 1990sTarleton grew more and more comfortable with its senior college status. The Texans were 13-13 during the 2000-01 campaign before establishing themselves as a conference and regional contender for the last four seasons.2001-02 The Texans finished as Lone Star Conference South Division champions with a 25-8 record. Tarleton's men advanced to the LSC championship game for the second time in four years and made their first-ever NCAA Division II national tournament appearance.
2002-03 The Tarleton men's basketball team lost in the South Central Regional final to eventual national champion, Northeastern State, 56-46. The Texans finished the season 29-4 and as co-champions of the LSC North Division. Tarleton hosted the South Central Regional. 2003-04The Texans again claimed the LSC North Division title and also won the LSC Postseason Championship Tournament. After playing host to that event, Tarleton State hosted the South Central Regional in Wisdom Gym for the second straight year. Tarleton finished the season with a 28-4 record, 11-1 in North Division play.2004-05In 2004-05, the 25-9 Texans advanced to the NCAA Division II national semifinal contest at the Elite Eight in Grand Forks, N.D. Tarleton won the school's first ever South Central Regional Tournament after defeating three nationally-ranked squads in the three-day event.2005-06 Tarleton made a return trip to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight thanks to back-to-back South Central Regional Championships. The Texans finished the season 27-7 and won the LSC South Division title with an 11-1 record in conference action. Tarleton recorded wins over NCAA Division I Lamar and Texas Christian University.