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January 9th, 2010
Bobcats win fourth straight to start league sked


The Texas State men’s basketball team is on its best roll in seven years, winning its fourth straight game Saturday afternoon, 64-60, at Texas-Arlington (UTA).

The Bobcats won on the road in their Southland Conference opener, improving to 7-8 overall this season. UTA is 7-6 overall and 0-1 in the Southland.

Tony Bishop and Ryan White both scored 14 points for the Bobcats on a day when neither team shot especially well. The Bobcats made only 37.5 percent of their shots (18 of 48), while UTA made 36.2 percent (17 of 47). Both teams also made 28 turnovers.

Trailing, 36-29, at halftime, the Bobcats took control with a steady second half during which they made nine of 20 shots (45 percent).

Forward Jonathan Sloan gave the Bobcats a spark coming out of the intermission, scoring six of his seven points in the first 3:19 after resumption as the visitors closed to within 38-37. Lay-ups by John Bowman and Dylan Hale pushed the Bobcats to a 41-38 lead with 15:28 left, and they stayed ahead the rest of the way, though they never led by more than 51-46.

UTA cut its deficit down to 61-60 with 1:37 left, then Brandon Long stole the ball from White with 1:01 left, giving the Mavericks a chance to take the lead. But Dwight Gentry missed a three-pointer for UTA, Bishop rebounded for the Bobcats and he was quickly fouled by UTA’s J.D. Davis. Bishop made both free throws, upping the Texas State lead to 63-60 with 29 seconds left.

The Mavericks still had a chance to tie the game on their next possession, but Long missed a three-pointer with eight seconds left, Bishop rebounded and was again fouled by Davis. Bishop made the second of his two free-throw attempts, clinching victory for the Bobcats.

Bishop finished the game with five rebounds, including those two in the clutch. Cameron Johnson led the Bobcats with 10 rebounds to go with his seven points, but UTA ended the game with a 36-32 rebounding advantage.

The Bobcats return to Strahan Coliseum seeking their fifth straight win Wednesday night against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (7 p.m.).

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