ABILENE, Texas (AP) Mahki Morris registered 18 points as Abilene Christian narrowly defeated Tarleton State 61-56 on Saturday night.

Tahj Small had 17 points for the Texans (14-17, 9-9 Western Athletic Conference). Montre Gipson added 17 points and nine rebounds. Freddy Hicks had 13 points.

The Wildcats (20-9, 11-7) improved to 2-0 against the Texans for the season. Abilene Christian defeated Tarleton State 77-63 on Feb. 12.

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