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February 16th, 2008
Bobcat men continue their on-court slide

By MICHAEL WRIGHT
Sports Reporter

SAN MARCOS – The Texas State (11-12, 4-6) men’s basketball team fell behind early, staged a furious comeback, but fell short as they lost to Lamar (15-8, 9-1) 101-90, Saturday afternoon at Strahan Coliseum. The Cardinals lead the league with their 9-1 record and are now on a 8 game winning streak while the Bobcats fall to 10th place overall in the standings. It was no surprise that the two teams combined for so many points (191). Texas State and Lamar rank #1 & #2 respectively in offensive scoring in the Southland Conference. Lamar also won last year when they beat the Bobcats 96-69. Texas State’s last victory over the eastern foe came February 19, 2005 when the `Cats won 83-75 in overtime. The Cardinals have now won six of the last seven meetings in the series. The Bobcats have a 6-9 record since mid-December and are riding a three game losing streak. Entering the game Lamar was listed at #161, while Texas State is at #258 in the latest NCAA RPI Rankings. In the Sagarin Ratings, Lamar is ranked #150 and Texas State is #285. The Southland Conference is rated 24th among 31 conferences and the Pac-10 is the top-rated conference.

Texas State stayed close with Lamar for most of the 1st half and led by 2 points (15-13) at the 14:24 mark when Matt Fullenwider hit a 3-pointer. The Cardinals finished the half by outscoring the Bobcats by twenty (38-18) and led 51-33 at intermission. Texas State committed 14 turnovers in the half and the Cardinals converted them into 18 points. Lamar finished the half by making 20 of 24 shots (58.8%) while Texas State made only 9 of 29 (31%). Fullenwider led the team in scoring with 10 points. He made 3 of his 4 three point attempts.

The Bobcats slowly began erasing their 18 point deficit and were only down by 10 (80-70) when Brent Holder hit a jumper at the 5 minute mark. The teams battled back and fourth and the `Cats got no closer than 8 points for the rest of the game. Texas State outscored Lamar 57-50 for the half. Their big 2nd half was keyed by eighteen 2nd chance points and 32 points off the bench. Their shooting improved also, making 21 of 41 (51.2%). Holder led the team in the 2nd half making 6 of 10 shots for 16 points.

Both teams finished with six scorers in double digits. The Cardinals shot 55.9% from the field for the game while the Bobcats shot 42.9%. The Bobcats shot a season high 81.5% from the free throw line by making 22 of 27 from the charity stripe. The Cardinals made 24 of 37 free throws including 11 of 13 in the final two minutes of the game. Texas State also finished with a huge edge in rebounding (46-29). Fullenwider had 18 points (6 of 8 shooting including 5 of 6 three-pointers) to lead the team. Brandon Bush, the team leader in scoring and rebounding finished with 17 points and 7 rebounds. He went over the 1000 career point barrier and now has scored 1015 career points. Brent Holder scored 16 (6 of 11 shooting) while Brent Benson and Ryan White had 11 points apiece for the Bobcats and Brandon Thomas scored 10. Benson now has 320 points this season, all off the bench, which shatters last seasons record of 216 bench points by Holder.

The Bobcats will be looking to avenge an 82-69 loss this Wednesday when they travel to Corpus Christi Wednesday to take on the Islanders (8-15, 5-5).

BOX SCORE

   
1st
2nd
Final
Lamar
51
50
101
Texas State
33
57
90

STAT LEADERS

LAMAR
Scoring: Darren Hopkins (26), Kenny Dawkins (23), Jay Brown (14)
Rebounding: Justin Nabors (5), Kenny Dawkins (4), Jay Brown (4)
Assist: Kenny Dawkins (8), Lamar Sanders (4), Jay Brown (3)
Blocks: Justin Nabors (3), Jay Brown (2), Tristan Worrell (1)
Steals: Kenny Dawkins (3), Todd Currye (3), Justin Nabors (3)

TEXAS STATE
Scoring: Matt Fullenwider (18), Brandon Bush (17), Brent Holder (16), Brent Benson (11), Ryan White (11)
Rebounding: Brandon Bush (7), Brandon Thomas (7), Jonathan Sloan (6), Ty Gough (4), Cameron Johnson (4)
Assist: Corey Jefferson (5), Brandon Bush (3), Ryan White (2)
Blocks: Brandon Thomas (1)
Steals: Corey Jefferson (3)

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