FORT WORTH — Entering the game with just 10 players, the Texas State men’s basketball team put up an heroic effort before finally running out of gas in a third overtime period and suffering a 108-99 loss in triple overtime at TCU in the NIT Tipoff Tournament.
“I told our players that I was proud of their efforts tonight,” said Texas State head coach Doug Davalos. “John Rybak hit some clutch shots. Cameron Johnson played like a warrior tonight. John Bowman scored 17 points and guarded Ronnie Moss (TCU’s scoring leader) on the other end of the floor. J.B. Conley had a double-double despite going against bigger players most of the time. Emmanuel (Bidias A’ Moute) gave us some good minutes and Uriel Segura had seven assists with no turnovers. I can keep going on and on because everyone contributed. If we have this same kind of effort the rest of the season, we are going to win a lot of games.”
Rybak led Texas State with a season-high 30 points, two shy of his career high set at Rice last season, as he nailed eight three-point field goals. Johnson added a season-best 17 points and nine rebounds, while Bowman scored a career-high 17 points. Conley recorded 13 points and 10 rebounds Bidias A’ Moute added six points and eight rebounds off the bench.
Edvinas Ruzgas led TCU with 20 points, while Moss added 18 points and a game-high 12 assists for the Horned Frogs.
The Bobcats opened the game with Johnson scoring the first two points on a dunk. But the Horned Frogs scored 13 straight points before the Bobcats answered with five straight points of their own. First, Johnson made a lay-up and then Uriel Segura scored three point play the old fashioned way with a running jumper and free throw. Segura added another running jumper to pull Texas State to within 13-9.
After another Horned Frog turnover, Conley scored a lay-up to tie the score. He also was fouled on the play by Kevin Butler before an official’s timeout. Conley made the free throw to put Texas State back in front 14-13. Greg Hill ended TCU’s four-minute drought with a three-point shot from the right wing and Moss hit a lay-up to extend the lead to four, 18-14.
After John Rybak made a lay-up for the Bobcats, Moss scored on two fast break lay-ups to put TCU up 22-16.
The Bobcats wouldn’t go away however as Rybak scored five points on a lay-up and three-pointer from the left wing to pull Texas State within 22-21. After Zvonka Buljan made a jumper, John Bowman tied the game with a three-point shot from the right baseline. Buljan scored four straight points on a lay-up and a pair of free throws, Bowman drove for a lay-up and Conley nailed a three-pointer from the to give Texas State a 29-28 lead.
After Rybak nailed another trey to put the Bobcats up 32-21, Buljan made a lay-up, and a free throw to give TCU a 36-34 advantage at the end of the first half.
The two teams continued to back and forth the first 11:30 of the second half when Dylan Hale hit his first three-point shot of the game to give the Bobcats a 61-58 lead. Rybak’s three-point shot from the top of key extended the lead to 64-58.
Texas State held a 71-65 lead with 1:51 lead when the Horned Frogs outscored the Bobcats 9-4 to tie the game at the end of regulation and send the game into overtime.
Texas State scored the first two points in overtime when Johnson hit Conley for a lay-up. After Moss hit a jumper from the top of the key to tie the game, Conley hit another jumper from the right block to put Texas State up 79-77.
Ruzgas tied the score on a lay-up and Moss hit Green for a lay-up to put TCU in front by a score 81-79. Green scored a lay-up with 29.6 seconds left to put the Horned Frogs up 83-79 with 29.6 seconds left.
After a timeout Rybak hit his fifth trey of the night to pull the Bobcats back to within 83-82 with 23.3 seconds left to play. Green hit a pair of free throws before Rybak hit another trey to send the game into a second overtime tied at 85-85.
In the second overtime, Texas State regained the lead when Cameron Johnson made the first of his two free throws before Green scored both of his free throws and Ruzgas hit a back-door lay-up, Moss made a free throw to give TCU a 90-88 lead.
Green made another free throw to make the score 91-88 before Conley tied the score with a trey from the top of the key.
Green hit another jumper in the middle of the lane before Johnson scored on a jumper in the lane for the Bobcats to tie the score at 93-93 with 1:14 left to play in the second overtime.
Rybak hit a three-point shot from the top of the key with 32.8 seconds left, but Moss nailed a three-pointer from the top of the key with three seconds left to send the game into a third overtime.
TCU scored the first points in the third overtime when Keion Mitchem hit a jumper from the free throw line. Ryan White answered when he made the second of two free throws to pull Texas State to within 98-97.
Green made the second of two free throws to put TCU up 99-97 with two minutes left. Kevin Butler was fouled and made both of his free throws to give the Horned Frogs up four 101-97. After Rybak and Butler exchange lay-ups, Green scored on a dunk shot to give TCU a 105-99 lead with 40.1 seconds left.
The Bobcats turned the ball over on their next possession and Mitchem made one of his two free throws and Green score the final point to make the final score 108-99.
The loss drops Texas State to 1-5 this season, and TCU improved to 4-2 after winning its second straight home game.
— FROM TEXAS STATE SPORTS INFORMATION/RICK POULTEREmail | Print