Texas State’s John Rybak takes a free throw Wednesday night against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Photo by Andy Sevilla.
Fighting to maintain a winning streak, the Texas State men’s basketball team faltered late in the first half and couldn’t catch up to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Tuesday night at Strahan Coliseum.
The Bobcats dropped a 68-59 decision, falling to 1-1 in the Southland Conference and 7-9 overall. Corpus Christi improved to 2-0 and 7-8.
The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Texas State.
Four different players scored in double figures for Corpus, led by Kevin Palmer with 15 points. Following Palmer for the Islanders were Terence Jones (13 points), Justin Reynolds (12) and Demond Watt (10).
Texas State’s Cameron Johnson led his team with 13 points, followed by Ryan White with 12.
The Bobcats stayed within 18-16 with 6:24 left in the first half, but Texas A&M-Corpus Christi scored 11 of the next 13 points for a 29-17 lead 2:28 before intermission. The Islanders extended their lead to 43-26 just more than three minutes into the second half before the Bobcats made a bid to take the lead.
During a stretch in the middle of the second half, Corpus Christi made only four of 12 free throws, giving the Bobcats a chance. A three-point shot by John Rybak brought the Bobcats within 53-50 with 4:58 remaining, after they trailed, 49-40, with 6:49 left.
However, Corpus made nine of its next 11 free throws to win the game going away.
Corpus ended the game with an unusual free-throw advantage for a road team, making 18 of 28 free throws, while the Bobcats made 12 of 15. Palmer scored 12 of his 15 points from the line.
The Bobcats return to action Saturday at Strahan Coliseum against Central Arkansas (4 p.m.).Email | Print