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December 2nd, 2009
Second half surge takes Bobcats to win

STAFF REPORT

Texas State came out of halftime with a 30-14 run in the first ten minutes of the second half, chalking up a 71-60 men’s basketball win against Division III Texas A&M-International Tuesday night at Strahan Coliseum.

During their big run, the Bobcats moved the scoring around evenly and played their best rebounding stretch on a night when they actually were out-rebounded, 36-31.

Texas State improved to 2-5 with the win, its first after a five-game losing streak on the road, mostly against teams from more prestigious conferences. A&M International fell to 2-5.

The Bobcats couldn’t shake A&M International for the entire first half, needing a Ryan White three-pointer at the halftime buzzer to take a 29-27 lead.

Once the second half started, the Bobcats began to assert themselves and steadily built their lead. When John Bowman made a three-pointer with 10:37 left in the game, the Bobcats upped their advantage to 59-41.

“We kind of got lulled into playing a real slow game in the first half, so you saw us try to get up-tempo with pressure and full court press,” Texas State coach Doug Davalos added. “I was really proud of the second half because I wanted them to concentrate on getting productive passes, hustle stats which are diving on the floor, deflections, getting steals and we did that.”

The Bobcats limited A&M International to 40 shots, forcing 26 turnovers. However, the Bobcats also fouled 25 times and A&M International made 23 of 33 free throws (69.7 percent). The Bobcats made only 14 of 27 free throws (51.9 percent).

Texas State was deadly from the three-point arc, making 11 of 23 shots from long range. John Rybak made three of five, Uriel Segura made three of four, and Bowman made two of four.

Cameron Johnson led Texas State with 16 points and nine rebounds. St. Paul Latham led A&M International with 13 points from the bench.

The Bobcats play their next game Saturday in a 4 p.m. tip against Texas-Pan American at Strahan Coliseum.

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