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February 1st, 2009
Bobcat basketball teams split against UTA

STAFF REPORT

The good news that’s been so hard to come by finally visited the Texas State men’s basketball team Saturday.

But the good news that’s been slightly less hard to come by escaped the Texas State women’s basketball team.

The men’s team won at Texas-Arlington, 80-78, snapping a five-game losing streak and, believe it or not, the Bobcats are in a three-way tie for eighth place in the Southland Conference, which will allow the top eight teams into its postseason tournament.

Meanwhile, the Texas State women’s team suddenly is two games out of qualification for the league tournament after losing for the fourth straight time Saturday, 71-66 to UTA at Strahan Coliseum.

The men’s team won when Brent Benson took an offensive rebound off Jonathan Sloan’s miss and made a running 10-foot jumper from the lane with 17.3 seconds left. The game was tied with 56.5 seconds left when Texas State called timeout to set up a play.

“We wanted to isolate Brandon Bush, but we couldn’t get him the ball,” Texas State head coach Doug Davalos said. “Corey did a good job of finding Jonathan Sloan inside.”

Sloan received Jefferson’s pass on the left block with less than 10 seconds left on the shot clock. He turned towards the basket and missed a turn-around jumper. Benson ran into the lane and grabbed the offensive rebound and went right back up with his game-winning shot.

The Bobcats led, 36-32, at halftime and the two teams went back and forth in the second half. UTA rallied to a 78-76 lead on Anthony Vereen’s lay-up, but Jefferson made two free throws with 1:16 left to tie the game.

Brandon bush led the Bobcats with 19 points and a game-high nine rebounds, while John Rybak and Cameron Johnson each added 18 for the Bobcats. Vereen led UTA with 25 points.

Texas State improved to 9-10 overall after its first road win of the season. It also was Texas State’s first win of the year in a game decided by six points or fewer. Texas State entered the game 0-7 on the road and 0-6 in games decided by six points or fewer. The Bobcats are 2-5 in the Southland Conference, tied with Lamar and Central Arkansas for eighth place.

The women’s team trailed, 35-27, at halftime and couldn’t ever catch up. A jumper by Gabriell Mattox brought the Bobcats within 64-59 with 1:44 left.

Mattox and Aimee Hillburn each scored 15 for the Bobcats. Tamara Simmons of UTA led all scorers with 17 points, followed by Shalyn Martin with 16.

The Bobcats fell to 8-11 overall and 2-4 in the Southland Conference. They’re two games behind Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Sam Houston State, which are tied for seventh place at 3-3 in the league.

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