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March 8th, 2009
One in, one out as basketball season ends

STAFF REPORT

One team is going, the other is not.

The Texas State men’s basketball team, having already clinched their spot in the Southland Conference Tournament, lost their regular season finale, 92-82, at Sam Houston State Saturday.

Meanwhile, the women’s team lost its final game Sunday, 88-83, to Sam Houston State at Strahan Coliseum. The loss dropped Texas State out of the top eight in the Southland Conference, leaving it out of the league tournament for the first time since 1990.

The men’s team will play Nicholls State at noon Thursday in the first round of the SLC Tournament in Katy. The championship game will be played next Sunday at 12:03 p.m.

“I want to encourage our fans to come out and support us at the tournament,” Texas State men’s coach Davalos said. “I know it is a two-hour drive to the Merrill Center in Katy. Every team in the Southland Conference is a tough team and anyone can beat anyone in this league. The school that has the most fans attending will have a definite advantage.”

The Bobcats finished the regular season 14-15 overall and 7-9 in the league. The Bobcats finished the regular season in a seventh-place tie with Southeastern Louisiana (7-9, 13-16). Nicholls State is 12-4 and 19-10.

For the second straight game, Texas State seniors Brandon Bush and Brent Benson came up huge, combining for 45 points against Sam Houston. The duo combined for 47 points in an 80-66 win against Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) on March 3.

Sam Houston, which finished 12-4 and 18-11, put it on the Bobcats early, using runs of 15-2 and 16-2 in the first half to open a 47-28 lead at intermission. The Bobcats never cut their deficit to fewer than eight points in the second half.

Bush scored 24 points to lead Texas State, while Benson scored 21.

The women’s team fell victim to Sam Houston’s incredible shooting in the second half. After the Bobcats assumed a 31-26 advantage at halftime, Sam Houston made 74.1 percent of its field goal attempts (20 of 27) in the second half, during which it scored 62 points. Texas State couldn’t keep up, despite making 55.6 percent of its second half shots (20 of 36).

Sam Houston took a 45-44 lead with 14:34 left in the game, extended it to 72-60 less than seven minutes later and held off the home team.

Kim Cessna led Texas State with 26 points.

A Texas State win would have put it into the Southland Conference Tournament as the seventh seed. Instead, the Bobcats finished 6-10 in the league and 12-16 overall, placing them in a four-way tie for seventh place with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, McNeese State and Sam Houston, which ended the year 6-10 and 9-20. The tiebreakers went to Corpus and McNeese State.

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