STAFF REPORTThe Texas State men’s basketball team lost its third straight Southland COnference game Wednesday night, putting themselves into an early hole.
Arch rival Sam Houston State came into Strahan Coliseum and won a real tug-of-war, 79-75. The Bobcats pulled within 75-73 with six seconds left, but Sam Houston’s Ashton Mitchell made two free throws to seal the game away.
Texas State led for the last time at 46-43 early in the second half. But Sam Houston’s DeLuis Ramirez hit a lay-up, then assisted a dunk by Barkley Falkner to give the Bearkats a 47-46 lead. Sam Houston extended the lead to 72-65 with 3:03 left and the Bobcats couldn’t catch up.
The Bobcats wound up disappointing a healthy home crowd of 2,851, which saw them fall to 8-9 overall and 1-3 in the league. Sam Houston improved to 8-8 and 2-1.
Texas State head coach Doug Davalos said his team played hard at times, but didn’t especially play well. He went on to suggest that not playing well and not playing hard amount to the same problem, citing a couple loose-ball type situation in which the Bobcats didn’t make the play.
“We lost five points on plays that were dead,” Davalos said. “Those are 50-50 plays and if you get them, you win the game.”
Texas State also struggled with shooting of all kinds. From the floor, the Bobcats hit only 42.2 percent (27 of 64). From the free throw line, they made 57.7 percent (15 of 26).
The Bobcats killed Sam Houston on the boards, 45-32, but even that didn’t matter because they shot so poorly that they couldn’t even capitalize on put backs on the offensive end.
“We had 18 offensive rebounds, and that kept us in the game,” Davalos said. “But look what we shot.”
Sam Houston enjoyed a balanced attack with five players in double figures. Corey Allmond led the way with 17 points, followed by Falkner with 16.
Brandon Bush led Texas State with 16 points, followed by Brent Benson with 13. Cameron Johnson chipped in with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Bobcats played without junior forward Emmanuel Bidias A’ Moute, who was declared ineligible earlier in the day by the NCAA. Davalos characterized Bidias A’ Moute’s ineligibility as “an academic situation,” and did not indicate if the power forward will be back soon, if at all during the rest of the season.Email | Print