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November 24th, 2009
No consolation for Bobcat men's hoops

STAFF REPORT

The Texas State men’s basketball team went to Fort Worth for the consolation rounds of the NIT Tipoff, but there was little consolation after their 96-77 loss Monday night to Wisconsin-Milwaukee, which dropped the Bobcats to 1-4.

The schedule isn’t very consoling, either. The Bobcats play Texas Christian in Fort Worth Tuesday night. Coming up in December are two games against Southern Methodist, a game at Texas and a game at DePaul. That’s the Mountain West, Conference-USA, the Big 12 and the Big East.

Monday night, the Bobcats outscored Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) 34-22 in the paint, 11-3 on second chances, 16-4 in the fast break and 43-29 from the bench. No consolation.

It only means the UWM starters outscored the Texas State starters, 69-34 — and the UWM starters played just a little more, 106 minutes to 93. It also means UWM shot pretty well from three-point range, making 12 of 21 tries, and also cleaned up at the free-throw line, making 34 of 43 attempts.

The first 90 seconds of the game consisted mostly of UWM missing three-pointers and Texas State making turnovers, but UWM found its shooting range and darted off to a 16-0 advantage with 13:53 left in the first half.

Texas State never cut that deficit to less than 13 points. In fact, UWM then went about slowly building another 16 points into its cushion, reaching a 60-28 lead 2:19 into the second half.

With a 32-point lead, USM’s troubles were over. The Bobcats chipped their deficit down to 65-45 with 12:43 left, only for UWM to blow it back up to 71-46. Then the Bobcats narrowed it to 72-54 with 9:47 left, only for UWM (3-2) to expand it back to 79-54.

Finally, the Bobcats gained a little traction with a 15-3 run that brought them within 82-69 with five minutes left. But that was as close as they could make it.

The Bobcats couldn’t contain UWM forward James Eayrs, who scored 28 points in 19 minutes with nine-of-ten field goal shooting, including six of seven from three-point range. UWM guard Deonte Roberts made only one of five field goal attempts, but he made 12 of 17 from the line, finishing with five rebounds, six assists and 14 points in 34 minutes. UWM guard Ricky Franklin finished with 12 points and five assists in 17 minutes.

J.B. Conley led Texas State in scoring with 17 points in 21 minutes from the bench. Point guard Ryan White added 14 points. However, it was a tough night for the Texas State starters, White included. Between them, White, Tony Bishop, Cameron Johnson, John Rybak and John Bowman combined for nine of 23 field goal shooting, including one for eight from three-point range. They also combined for one assist and 14 turnovers.

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