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December 16th, 2008
New Orleans edges Bobcats 85-81 in tightly fought contest

In a game that featured 18 ties and 28 lead changes, the University of New Orleans outscored the Texas State men’s basketball team 14-9 in the final four minutes to defeat the Bobcats 85-81 in Strahan Coliseum Monday night.The Bobcats led 74-72 with 4:00 minutes to play following a lay-up off a steal by Corey Jefferson, who finished the game with six points and three assists.

But, New Orleans answered right back with seven points as Kyndall Dykes hit a jumper in the lane and T.J. Worley sank a three-point shot from the top of the key. New Orleans extended its lead when Brandon Bush fouled Ejike Hart going for an offensive rebound. Hart sank both free throws to give New Orleans an insurmountable 79-74 lead with 2:55 left to play.

The Bobcats came right back on their next possession when Bush nailed a pair of free throws. But, after Darrian McKinstry made one of his two free throws for the Privateers, senior guard Brent Benson was called for an offensive foul and Charles Carmouche nailed a pair of free throws to give New Orleans an 82-76 lead with 1:26 too late.

Texas State made things interesting when the Bobcats scored five quick points to make the score 82-81 with 35 seconds to go. Cameron Johnson scored the first two points with a lay-up, and Bush added another free throw before scoring a lay-up off a missed shot by Johnson.

Carmouche nailed two more free throws with 18 seconds left. John Rybak missed a three-pointer with five seconds left. Jaroslav Tyrna made one of his two free throws for the Privateers with two seconds remaining to make the final score 85-81.

New Orleans was led by Jahmal Burroughs and Dykes, who scored 19 points each. Darrian McKinstry added 18 points and Tyrna finished with 10.

Ty Gough scored a season-high 16 points to lead Texas State, while Bush and Rybak added 15 points each and Johnson scored 10 for the Bobcats. The Privateers held Brent Benson, Texas State’s scoring leader coming into the game to a season-low seven points. It marks the first time this season Benson hasn’t scored in double figures.

by Rick Poulter
Texas State Athletics

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