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February 3rd, 2008
Bobcat men shock the Southland with victory over Bearkats

By MICHAEL WRIGHT
Sports Reporter

SAN MARCOS – Brent Benson hit two 3-pointers in overtime and finished the night with 24 points in Texas State’s (11-10, 4-4) victory over the visiting Bearkats from Sam Houston State (16-4, 4-3), 96-93 in overtime Saturday. The game was the second of a double header at Strahan Coliseum. The Bobcat women’s team played the Bearkat women in first game. The Bobcat coaching staff also participated in the Suits and Sneakers campaign as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer program that helps raise awareness about cancer.

The game started off slow with the first points coming after 1:40 had already gone off of the clock. The Bobcats finally scored 26 seconds later as they missed on their first five shots before Ty Gough ended the drought with a layup to tie the score 2-2 with 17:54 remaining in the half. The teams warmed up after that and scored 83 points for the rest of the half with Sam Houston leading 47-40. The Bearkats led by as much as 10 points in the 1st half when they were up 32-22 with 8:29 left until halftime. The difference in the 1st half was inside scoring as Sam Houston held a 32-22 point advantage inside the paint. The Bearkats also shot a very good 54.3% (19 of 35) from the field while the Bobcats struggled, shooting 35.5% (15 of 41). Gough almost had a double-double by halftime with his 9 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Bobcats.

Texas State quickly erased their deficit in the 2nd half led by Gough’s 4 points and a layup by Corey Jefferson. The Bobcats were only down by 1 (47-46) with 17:19 left in the game. Texas State finally took their first lead since midway through the 1st half with a 3-pointer by Benson to make the score 51-49 Bobcats at the 14:22 mark. The teams went back and forth before Texas State went up by 4 points, 61-57 on a Brandon Bush layup with 11:08 left. The Bearkats then went on a 14-4 run, going up 71-65 with only 5:25 remaining. The Bobcats immediately battled back and took the lead 75-74 on a jumper by Bush at the 4:30 mark. The teams continued to battle and Jefferson hit a 3-pointer to put the Bobcats up 82-80 with only 1:30 remaining. Both teams swapped free throws to make the score 83-81 and then the Bearkats Domas Kvedys hit a layup with 6 seconds left to tie the score at 83. Jefferson missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. In the final minute of the 2nd half, the Bobcats went 0-4 from the field and 1-6 from the free throw line. Three Bobcats scored in double figures in the 2nd half (Jefferson – 11, Benson – 11, Bush – 10) as Texas State outscored Sam Houston 43-36 in the half.

Benson scored the first points in OT with a 3-pointer at the 3:45 mark to put the Bobcats up 86-83. The Texas State lead never fell below three points as Benson hit another tre with 2:34 left holding on for the 96-93 overtime victory. The Bobcat win knocked the Bearkats out of a first place division tie with Stephen F. Austin and also snapped a five game losing streak against Sam Houston State. Texas State extended their all time series lead against the Bearkats and now have a 90-75 record against the preseason Southland Conference favorites. The game featured 7 ties, 11 lead changes and 62 fouls. Texas State doubled Sam Houston in points off turnovers, converting them into 30 points while Sam Houston finished with 60 points in the paint to Texas State’s 46. The Bearkats shot 51.5 % (35 of 68) for the game, but only 20 percent (3 of 15) from long range. The Bobcats, on the other hand shot 44% (8 of 18) from 3-point land.

The Bearkats 6’6 forward Ryan Bright from Deer Park, led Sam Houston with 16 points and 11 rebounds. He ranks fourth all-time at Sam Houston in career rebounds (866) and ninth in all time in Bearkat scoring (1,288 points). Bright was SLC “Freshman of the Year” in 2005, All-SLC honorable mention in 2006, and first team All-SLC last year. He leads the Southland and ranks 4th nationally with 11.8 rebounds per contest.

Benson led the Bobcats with his 24 points. The junior transfer from Gainesville, Ga., was a perfect 6 of 6 from beyond the arc, and 8-of-10 overall from the field. Five of his 3 pointers came in the second half and overtime. Bush finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. This was his fifth double double for the season. He is currently averaging 14.7 points per game which ranks him fifth in the Southland Conference. He also averages 7.1 rebounds per game. This was a breakout game for Bush for he has been held to just 14 points combined in the `Cats last two outings, along with just 9 rebounds. Gough got his fourth double double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Jefferson finished with 12 points and 3 assists. Brandon Thomas finished with 11 points and 4 rebounds.

Texas States’ next game will be next Saturday to play Texas-Arlington at Texas Hall.

Southland Conference West Division Standings
SFA (5-2)
Sam Houston (4-3)
Texas Sate (4-4)
UT Arlington (4-4)
Texas A&M CC (3-3)
UTSA (2-4)

BOX SCORE

   
1st
2nd
Final
Sam Houston State
47
36
10
93
Texas State
40
43
13
96

STAT LEADERS

SAM HOUSTON STATE
Scoring: Ryan Bright (16), Ashton Mitchell (14), Domas Kvedys (13)
Rebounding: Ryan Bright (11), Domas Kvedys (7), Shamir McDaniel (6)
Assist: Ryan Bright (6), Ashton Mitchell (4), Shamir McDaniel (4)
Blocks: John Gardiner (5), Shamir McDaniel (2)
Steals: Ashton Mitchell (2), Shamir McDaniel (2)

TEXAS STATE
Scoring: Brent Benson (24), Ty Gough (13), Brandon Bush (12), Corey Jefferson (12), Brandon Thomas (11)
Rebounding: Ty Gough (13), Brandon Bush (10), Matt Fullenwider (5), Brandon Thomas (4), Brent Holder (4)
Assist: Brandon Bush (6), Ryan White (4), Corey Jefferson (3)
Blocks: Dylan Moseley (1), Matt Fullenwider (1)
Steals: Brandon Thomas (2), Corey Jefferson (2)

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