The Texas State men’s basketball team looks to win its eighth home game this season when the Bobcats play host to intrastate rival Sam Houston State in the annual “Stuff Strahan Night” on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. in Strahan Coliseum.
There will be 1,000 T-Shirts given away with special pregame music provided by Hip Hop Congress. In addition, Texas State’s Southland Conference football, soccer and volleyball teams will be honored in a special halftime recognition.
This also will be the first home game for Texas State students to begin their Promise of Pride Rewards Program’s Hardwood Edition in which Texas State students can earn points to win prizes by attending home games throughout the remainder of 2008-09 season. The Greek Attendance Challenge will also begins with Wednesday night’s game.
On the court, the Bobcats enter the game looking to improve their overall record to 9-8 and even their Southland Conference mark to 2-2 following a 77-72 at Central Arkansas last Saturday afternoon in Conway, Ark. Texas State won its only SLC home game 87-76 against SLC defending champion UT Arlington on Jan. 10. The win over UTA was Texas State’s fifth straight win at home and gives the Bobcats a 7-1 record in home games this season.
Sam Houston State enters the game with a 7-8 overall record and the Bearkats are 1-1 in Southland Conference play this season after defeating Southeastern Louisiana 73-62 last Saturday in Huntsville. Sam Houston opened league play with a 75-73 loss at Stephen F. Austin on Jan. 10.
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In a series that began in 1910-11, Texas State enters Wednesday night’s game with a 90-76 series record against Sam Houston State after splitting a pair of games against the Bearkats last season. The Bobcats won a 96-93 overtime decision in San Marcos on Feb. 2 before suffering an 80-74 loss at Huntsville on Mar. 1.
SCOUTING TEXAS STATE
Texas State enters Wednesday’s game looking to even its Southland Conference record at 2-2 after suffering two straight road losses at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Central Arkansas. The Bobcats have lost five of their eight losses by a combined 24 points. In addition to the 77-72 loss at Central Arkansas, Texas State suffered a four-point loss against New Orleans. Brent Benson leads Texas State with 17.2 points per game. Brandon Bush is averaging 13.9 points and leads Texas State with 6.8 rebounds per game, while John Rybak is averaging 9.5 points per game, and Cameron Johnson chips in with 9.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Ty Gough averages 7.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest.
SCOUTING SAM HOUSTON STATE
Sam Houston State is led by junior college transfer Corey Allmond, who averages 14.3 points overall and 18.0 points in conference play after scoring a career-high 25 points against Southeastern Louisiana. Allmond is shooting 46.9 percent behind the three-point line and 85.2 percent at the free throw line. Another junior guard Ashton Mitchell is averaging 11.9 points and leads the Southland Conference with 7.4 assists per game. Preston Brown, another junior college transfer, is averaging 9.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Senior forward DeLuis Ramirez is averaging 9.4 points and leads the team in rebounding with 6.8 boards per game. Another senior Barkley Falkner joins Allmond as the only Bearkats who have started every game this season. Falkner is averaging 5.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.