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February 7th, 2010
Cameron Johnson’s 29 points leads Texas State to victory over McNeese

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Cameron Johnson scored 29 points and three other Bobcats came off the bench to score in double figures to lead the Texas State men’s basketball team to a 95-88 victory over McNeese State Saturday afternoon in Strahan Coliseum.

J. B. Conley scored 17 points, while Uriel Segura and Tony Bishop each netted 11 points off the bench for Texas State. Bishop also pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.

McNeese State was led by Stephan Martin’s 24 points off the bench and Will Morning added 20 points. Diego Kapelan scored 17 points and Patrick Richard added 13.

In a game that featured 17 ties and 16 lead changes, the Bobcats broke the final tie with 4:42 left to play in the contest when Bishop made a pair of free throws to give Texas State an 81-79 lead. The Bobcats led the rest of the way as they outscored McNeese State 16-9 down the stretch.

After Bishop made his two free throws, Johnson made a pair of free throws to give Texas State a four-point lead for the first time in the game at 83-79. On the inbounds pass, he fouled Elbryan Neal, who made a pair of free throws to pull the Cowboys back to within two points, before the Bobcats extended their lead to six points.

Conley scored the first two points when he made a pair of free throws and after a turnover by Richard, Dylan Hale hit Emmanuel Bidias A’ Moute for a lay-up to give the Bobcats an 87-81 lead with 2:15 remaining in the game.

After Martin made a pair of free throws on McNeese State’s next possession, Segura nailed his third three-pointer of the game to put the Bobcats up 90-83 with 1:37 left to play.

The Cowboys closed to within four points one last time when Kapelan drove for a lay-up off a steal by Martin. But, Ryan White clinched the victory when he made four straight free throws to make the final score of 95-88.

The win improves Texas State’s record to 11-12 overall and 5-4 in the Southland Conference standings. McNeese State fell to 8-14 overall and 3-5 in league play. The Bobcats travel to Texas A&M Corpus-Christi on Wednesday night before returning home to play host to Lamar next Saturday.

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