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January 17th, 2010
Bobcat men beat Central Arkansas in squeaker

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Cameron Johnson’s career-high 34 points and his first double-double of the season led the Texas State men’s basketball team to its first home Southland Conference win of the year Saturday at Strahan Coliseum, 76-74 over Central Arkansas.

Johnson made 11 of 16 field goal attempts and 12 of 15 free throws. More dramatically, Johnson made a lay-up with 23 seconds left, breaking a 74-74 tie and giving the Bobcats their final margin of victory. Further, Johnson scored Texas State’s final seven points of the game, making two free throws with 1:59 remaining to give the Bobcats a 71-70 lead, then making an old-fashioned three-point play to give the Bobcats a 74-72 lead with 1:06 left.

The game featured 14 ties and 18 lead changes as neither team led by more than three points for the final nine minutes.

Central Arkansas took its largest lead at 19-13 with 11:01 left in the first half, but the Bobcats cut their deficit to 36-35 at halftime. The Bobcats went on an 8-0 run to take a 52-44 lead with 16:25 remaining. Ryan White made six free throws and a lay-up during the Texas State rally.

However, Central Arkansas fired back and took a 61-60 lead with 6:14 remaining. The lead continued changing hands until the final two minutes, when Johnson took over for Texas State.

Following Johnson for Texas State were John Bowman with 15 points and White with 11. Chris Poellnitz led Central Arkansas with 17 points, Imad Qahwash added 16 and Mitch Rueter scored 10.

The win improved the Bobcats to 2-1 in the Southland Conference and 8-9 overall. At 2-1 in the league, the Bobcats are tied with Southeastern Louisiana, Nicholls State, Texas-San Antonio and Lamar, who are all behind Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (3-0) and Sam Houston State (2-0). Central Arkansas is 0-3 and 6-11.

The Bobcats go on the road this week, playing Wednesday at Sam Houston State (7 p.m.) and Saturday at Lamar (7:05 p.m.).

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