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February 5th, 2009
Bobcats rally, hang on tight for win

STAFF REPORT

Breaking out a 30-12 run to take a 15-point lead with 4:35 left, the Texas State men’s basketball team hung on tight for an 84-82 win against Southeastern Louisiana Wednesday night at Strahan Coliseum.

Five different Texas State players scored during that victorious run, led by Cameron Johnson’s eight points and Ryan White’s seven. When Dylan Moseley nailed a three-pointer with 4:35 left, the Bobcats took their biggest lead of the night at 81-66.

However, the Bobcats lost traction, taking only five shots and making only one for the rest of the game while the visitors rallied. A lay-up by Brandon Fortenberry brought Southeastern Louisiana within 83-80 with 1:15 left. Robert Tibbs made a free throw with 20 seconds remaining to make it 83-81, then Fortenberry made a free throw bringing the visitors within 83-82 with 14 seconds remaining.

Southeastern Louisiana rallied all that way despite not fouling to put Texas State on the line a single time in the last 4:35 until Fortenberry hacked White with 13 seconds left. White made one of two free throws to finish the scoring.

Johnson led the Bobcats with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Bush added 16 points and John Rybak scored 14.

Damon Forest led Southeastern Louisiana with points, followed by 13 for Tibbs and 12 for Chris Cyprian.

The visitors took a 45-42 halftime lead by shooting 64.3 percent from the floor (18 for 28) in the first half, while the Bobcats made only 37.5 percent of their first half field goal attempts (12 of 32). Both teams shot 50 percent in the second half, with the Bobcats making 15 of their 30 shots, while Southeastern Louisiana made 11 of 22.

The Bobcats won their second straight game to suddenly re-enter the picture for inclusion in the Southland Conference Tournament next month. The Bobcats, 3-5, in the league, are in a three-way tie for seventh place with Southeastern Louisiana and Lamar. The top eight teams from the regular season will go to the conference tournament.

Texas State now is 10-11 overall. Southeastern Louisiana is 9-12.

Halfway into the Southland Conference season, the clearest contenders for the regular season championship are Sam Houston State (6-1), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (6-1), Stephen F. Austin (6-2) and Nicholls State (6-2). Texas-San Antonio holds fifth place at 4-3, while Texas-Arlington is sixth at 3-4.

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