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February 5th, 2009
Sophomore Cameron Johnson leads Texas State to 84-82 victory over Southeastern Louisiana

SUBMITTED REPORT

Sophomore forward Cameron Johnson recorded 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Texas State men’s basketball team to an 84-82 comeback win over Southeastern Louisiana Wednesday night at Strahan Coliseum.

It was Johnson’s third double-double performance and second 20-point game of the season for the Bobcats, who improved their record to 10-11 overall and 3-5 in the Southland Conference. Johnson was joined in double figures by Brandon Bush, who scored 16 points and John Rybak, who finished with 14 points before picking up his fifth foul with 5:47 left to play.

Damon Forest led Southeastern with a season-high 15 points while Robert Tibbs added 13.

The two teams exchanged leads two times and were tied five times in the first half before Southeastern Louisiana seemed to be taking control in the first half. The Lions shot 64.3 percent (18-of-28) from the field to take in the opening period and held Texas State to just 37.5 percent (12-of-32) to take a 45-39 lead with 20 seconds left to play.

But the Bobcats regained the momentum heading into the locker room when Corey Johnson hit Rybak for a three-point field with two seconds left to pull Texas State to within 45-42 at the intermission.

The Bobcats cut the lead to one four times in the first five minutes of the second half before Johnson grabbed Bush’s missed lay-up and tipped the ball back in to give Texas State a 55-54 lead with 14:15 left to play. The Bobcats never trailed again in the game.

Texas State extended its lead to as many as 15 when Dylan Moseley canned a three-point shot from the top of the key to give the Bobcats an 81-66 advantage with 4:35 left to play.

But, the Lions fought back into the game when DeShawn Patterson hit a three-point shot, Patrick Sullivan scored four points on a dunk and lay-up, and Brandon Fortenberry added another lay-up to make the score 81-75 with 2:36 remaining.

After Jefferson hit Bush in the lane for a lay-up, Southeastern Louisiana came right back as Damon Forest hit a three-point shot from the left corner and Fortenberry added another lay-up to pull the Lions to within 83-80.

Southeastern Louisiana cut the lead to 83-81 on a free throw by Robert Tibbs with 20.3 seconds left to play.

Fortenberry also made one of his two three throws to pull the Lions to within one 83-82 with 14 seconds left before Texas State’s Ryan White made his second free throw to give the Bobcats an 84-82 lead with 13 seconds left to play.

The Lions were not able to get off a final shot, giving the Bobcats their second straight Southland Conference win.

Texas State returns to action on Sunday night when the Bobcats travel to Lake Charles, La. and plays McNeese State in a SLC contest that tips off at 7 p.m.

— TEXAS STATE SPORTS INFORMATION/RICK POULTER

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