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January 16th, 2009
Bobcats men’s basketball heads
to Central Ark. for first road game

SUBMITTED REPORT

After having its five-game winning streak snapped, the Texas State men’s basketball team will look to win its first road game of the season when the Bobcats travel to Conway, Ark., and play Central Arkansas in a Southland Conference game on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

The game is televised by the Southland Conference Television Network and can be seen on Time Warner Cable channel 77 in Austin and channel 50 in San Antonio, Grande Communications channel 17 on the Texas State campus, and on ESPN Full Court.

Texas State enters the game with an 8-7 overall record this season and the Bobcats are 1-1 in Southland Conference play after defeating UT Arlington 87-76 on Jan. 10 in San Marcos before suffering an 89-64 loss at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Jan. 14.  It was the fifth road loss of the season Texas State, which also suffered losses at Wyoming, Northern Colorado, Rice and Texas.

Central Arkansas has a 7-8 overall record and a 0-2 Southland Conference mark after suffering a 70-44 loss at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Jan. 10 and a 72-55 loss against Stephen F. Austin last Wednesday night. UCA has a 6-3 record in home games this season.

THE SERIES

Texas State enters its third meeting against Central Arkansas with a 2-0 series record against the Bears. The Bobcats won a 78-72 decision last season in Conway on Jan. 12. Texas State also defeated UCA 93-80 in San Marcos on Dec. 30, 2006.

SCOUTING TEXAS STATE

Texas State enters Saturday’s game with a 1-6 record in games away from Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos this season. The Bobcats opened the regular season with a 76-66 victory over Cal State Fullerton in the Verizon Tip Off Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii on Nov. 14. Texas State suffered an 88-74 loss to San Francisco in the second round of the round-robin tournament, before losing five straight road games.

Four of Texas State’s six losses this season have been by a combined 19 points. Those included a four-point loss versus New Orleans, an eight-point setback at Texas, a six-point loss at Rice and a one-point loss at Wyoming.

Brent Benson leads Texas State with 17.7 points per game. Brandon Bush is averaging 14.1 points and leads Texas State with 6.7 rebounds per game, while Cameron Johnson is chipping in 9.3 points and 4.3 rebounds, and John Rybak averages 9.1 points and 3.9 boards per game. Ty Gough pulls down an average of 4.8 rebounds per game to go along with his 6.7 points per game.

SCOUTING CENTRAL ARKANSAS

Central Arkansas enters Saturday’s game with a 7-8 overall record, but the Bears are looking for their first Southland Conference win after suffering losses at Texas A&M Corpus Christi and to Stephen F. Austin. UCA has lost four of its last five games overall with the lone win coming against Haskell, 110-51, in its final non-conference game on Jan. 6.

Junior guard Marcus Pillow leads the Bears in scoring with 12.0 points per game after scoring 10 points and handing out a team-high two assists against SFA. Junior forward Mitch Rueter is averaging 11.2 points and 4.1 rebounds for the Bears after he led UCA with 13 points against Stephen F. Austin.
Senior center Brian Marks leads the Bears with 9.3 rebounds per game and averages 5.4 points per contest. Marks tallied eight points and 10 rebounds versus SFA.

Junior guard Brooks Taylor made his fourth start of the season against the Lumberjacks and tallied six points and two rebounds. He is averaging 9.0 points and 2.6 rebounds overall this season. Chris Brown, a sophomore forward who transferred from Wichita State, has started 13 games and averages 8.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

LAST TIME OUT

Kevin Palmer scored a game-high 21 points, while Shamar Combs and Tim Green added 15 points each to lead Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to an 89-64 victory over the Texas State men’s basketball team in the American Bank Center.

Looking for their first road win of the season after winning five straight home games, Texas State scored the first four points of the game as Brandon Bush and Ty Gough each made a pair of free throws in the opening two minutes.

But the Islanders came right back and outscored the Bobcats 12-3 to take a 12-7 lead as Palmer nailed a pair of three-point field goals to lead the charge.

The Bobcats fought back to within 23-18 with 7:36 left in the opening period before the Islanders closed the half outscoring Texas State 23-8 to take a 46-26 halftime lead. The 26 points were the fewest points scored in a half by the Bobcats this season.

The Bobcats scored the first four points of the game as Brandon Bush and Ty Gough each made a pair of free throws, but Texas A&M used a 12-3 run and a 7-2 run to take an  19-11 lead.

Corey Jefferson hit his only three-point shot of the night to pull Texas State to within 23-18. However, Texas A&M Corpus Christi outscored Texas State 23-8 the rest of the half as Green score 12 of his 15 points in the closing minutes of the opening period to give the Islanders a 46-26 halftime lead. The 26 points were the fewest points scored in a half by the Bobcats this season.

Texas State tried to fight its way out of the hole early in the second half when Ty Gough scored four points and John Rybak added a three-point field goal to pull the Bobcats to within 50-33.

But Palmer scored seven straight points with a pair of lay-ups, five free throws and a three-point basket to put the Islanders up 58-33 with 15:46 remaining in the game.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi increased its lead to 63-26 on a three-point basket by Marcus Hammonds, who finished the game with 13 points.

The Islanders never looked back as they exchanged baskets with Texas State the rest of the way.

Ty Gough was the only Bobcat to finish in double figures as he scored 15 points, one shy of his season-best output. Brandon Bush and Jonathan Sloan finished with nine points each, while Roshun Jackson and John Bowman added eight points each for Texas State.

— FROM TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY SPORTS INFORMATION

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