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January 14th, 2009
Bobcats blasted in first league road game

STAFF REPORT

Needing a win on the road to make an early stand for its legitimacy, the Texas State men’s basketball team went down easily Wednesday night at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

The Islanders notched an 89-64 victory, improving to 8-9 overall and 2-0 in the Southland Conference. Texas State fell to 8-7 and 1-1.

“We got hammered every way you can in this basketball game,” Texas State coach Doug Davalos said on his postgame interview over KTSW-FM (89.9).

A&M-Corpus Christi all but won this game during the back stretch of the first half, when its 23-8 run established a 46-26 halftime lead.

The Bobcats shot badly, hitting only 33 percent of their field goal attempts (20 of 60), including three-for-17 from three-point range (17.6 percent). A&M-Corpus Christi outrebounded Texas State, 51-32, including 20 offensive rebounds.

“When you give up 20 offensive rebounds, you’re going to get beat,” Davalos said.

The Texas State coach expressed bafflement on his postgame radio interview that his team wasn’t ready to play. The Bobcats entered the game on a five-game winning streak and needed to prove it could handle the road against an opponent that finished 6-10 in the league last year, tied with the Bobcats. Texas State now is 0-5 on the road this year.

“I don’t know if I need to bite the chicken’s head off in the lockerroom, because we came out flat,” Davalos said.

Texas State scored the first four points of the game, but quickly disappeared as the Islanders roared back for a 19-11 lead. After Texas State pulled slightly back to within 23-18, the Islanders went off on their strong run that put the Bobcats into a huge halftime hole.

A&M-Corpus Christi’s Kevin Palmer led all scorers with 21 points, followed by teammates Shamar Combs and Tim Green with 15 points each. Center Ty Gough led Texas State with 15 points. But Davalos wasn’t giving any pats on the back for this performance.

“It’s hard for me to say anyone had a good individual game,” Davalos said. “Nobody has a good individual game when you lose by 25.”

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