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January 29th, 2009
Both Texas State teams lose

STAFF REPORT

One team’s thrilling win is another team’s agonizing loss.

The Texas State women’s basketball team came up on the sad end of that equation Wednesday night, blowing a 17-point second-half lead in a 56-52 loss to Texas-San Antonio at Strahan Coliseum.

Meanwhile, the Texas State men’s basketball team suffered its fifth straight loss, 86-76, at UTSA.

The women’s team led, 40-23, with 16:33 left in the game. But UTSA answered with a six-point run to make it 40-29, then a 10-point run to make it 45-39 with 6:13 left on Onika Anderson’s lay-up. A seven-point UTSA run, punctuated by Jordan Stark’s three-pointer, brought the Roadrunners within 48-46 with 3:23 left.

Finally came a six-point UTSA run, giving the visitors a 54-50 lead with 15 seconds left. Anderson tied the game, 50-50, with a free throw as 1:31 remained, then Monica Gibbs made a lay-up to give UTSA a 52-50 lead with 32 seconds left.

Texas State never came back to even tie the game.

The loss dropped Texas State out of playoff position at 2-4 in the Southland Conference and 8-10 overall. UTSA improved to 4-1 and 11-7.

Kim Cessna and Victoria Davis each scored 14 points to lead Texas State. Gibbs led all scorers with 15 points for UTSA.

The men’s team came apart late in the first half in San Antonio, when UTSA turned up a 33-14 run for a 47-35 halftime lead. Texas State missed nine of its final 13 field goal attempts and committed six turnovers during that stretch. In the second half, Texas State could pull no closer than 61-53 with 11:25 left in the game.

Brandon Bush led the Bobcats with a season-best 25 points. Travis Gabbidon of UTSA led all scorers with 18 points, followed by Josh Bonney with 17.

Texas State fell to 8-11 overall and 1-5 in the Southland Conference. UTSA improved to 12-6 and 3-2.

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