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January 27th, 2008
Bobcat men's slow start erased with strong finish

By MICHAEL WRIGHT
Sports Reporter

SAN ANTONIO – The players off the bench scored a total of 54 points as the Texas State Bobcats (10-9, 3-3) evened their Southland Conference record with a 79-73 victory over the University of Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners (8-10, 2-3) Saturday night at the Convocation Center in front of 2,296 fans. After a defensive 1st half, the two teams switched modes and turned it into an offensive shootout in the 2nd half of the I-35 maroon versus orange rivalry game. There were 59 total points scored in the 1st half as the teams combined to shoot for 38% from the field (21 of 54). In the 2nd half the teams scored 93 points and shot 49% (30 of 61).

There were 8 lead changes in the 1st half that ended with the Roadrunners leading by a slim 30-29 margin. It wasn’t that close for a while though as UTSA held a 12 point advantage with 4:08 left until halftime when they led 26-14. The Bobcats then came to life as five different players contributed to the scoring column and they outscored the Roadrunners 15-4 for the rest of the half. Ryan White scored 8 points (4 of 4 free throws) while only playing 12 minutes in the half to lead the Bobcats. The `Cats held a huge advantage at the charity stripe as they made 12 of 16 (75%) while UTSA only managed to hit 1 out of 5 (20%).

The Roadrunners opened the 2nd half with a 10-4 run to make the score 40-33 with 15:53 left in the game. Texas State then went on a run of their own as Brent Benson, Ryan White and Brent Holder all connected on 3 pointers to go from being behind by 7 points to leading by 6 points, 46-40 with 12:49 left. The Bobcats extended their lead to 12 (67-55) with a jumper by Brent Benson at the 5:14 mark. UTSA got within 4 points a short time later, 67-63 with 2:47 remaining but the Bobcats outscored the Roadrunners the rest of the way 12-10 to win 79-73. Texas State, who came into the game ranked 11th in the conference in free throw shooting (63%) hit 8 of 10 free throws in that final 2:47. Benson scored 12 points in 15 minutes for the 2nd half to lead the Bobcats in scoring.

The `Cats dominated the game at the free throw line (making 26 of 36) and UTSA had a bad night shooting from 3 point land (6 of 26). The Bobcat bench also made a huge difference in the game by outscoring the Roadrunner bench 54-27. Ryan White finished the night with a career high 17 points. White made 5 of 9 shots from the field and 6 of 6 from the free throw line. He came into the game shooting 83% from the charity stripe. Ty Gough just missed registering a double-double as he finished with 10 points and 9 rebounds while only playing 16 minutes. Brandon Bush, the conference’s 5th leading scorer (15.6 ppg) was held to 5 points for the game as he only took 5 shots. Devin Gibson, the Freshman point guard from Houston Cy-Falls high school led the Roadrunners with 15 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assist and 5 steals.

The Bobcats will remain on the road for the next game, taking on Stephen F. Austin (15-3, 3-2) Wednesday in Nacogdoches at 7 p.m.

Box Score

1st
2nd
Final
Texas State
29
50
79
UTSA
30
43
73

Southland Conference West Division Standings

UT Arlingon 4-2
Sam Houston State 3-2
Stephen F. Austin 3-2
Texas State 3-3
UTSA 2-3
A&M CC 2-3

Statistical Leaders

TEXAS STATE

Scoring: Ryan White (17), Brent Benson (14), Chris Agwumaro (13), Ty Gough (10), Brent Holder (8)

Rebounding: Ty Gough (9), Brandon Bush (6), Chris Agwumaro (5), Brent Holder (5), Ryan White (4)

Assist: Brandon Thomas (2), Ryan White (2), Brandon Bush (1), Brent Benson (1)

Steals: Brandon Thomas (3), Brent Holder (2), Matt Fullenwider (1), Ty Gough (1), Ryan White (1)

UTSA

Scoring: Melvin Smith (20), Devin Gibson (15), Isaiah Allen (11)

Rebounding: Devin Gibson (7), Keith Spencer (6), Isaiah Allen (4)

Assist: Devin Gibson (5), Isaiah Allen (2), Melvin Smith (2)

Blocks: John Mark Ludwick (1), Andrew Francis (1)

Steals: Devin Gibson (5), John Mark Ludwick (2)

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