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February 12th, 2010
Bobcats drop to seventh with close loss

021110johnsonCameron Johnson, 23, turned in his sixth double-double of the season for Texas State, scoring 21 points with 11 rebounds in the Bobcats’ 63-60 loss at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Wednesday night. Texas State sports information photo.

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Failing to pull off a late rally, the Texas State men’s basketball team fell to seventh place in the Southland Conference Wednesday night with a 63-60 loss at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

The Bobcats had chances to tie the game in their final two possessions, but couldn’t get a shot down. The Bobcats battled back from a 61-51 deficit with 5:07 remaining.

“This is a very tough loss for us,” Texas State head coach Doug Davalos said. “Our kids played hard. In the first game (against Corpus last month at Strahan Coliseum), we turned the ball over too much, but out-rebounded them. Tonight, we cut down on our turnovers, but they were able to pound us on the boards.”

The game included 11 lead changes and eight ties.

Corpus Christi outrebounded Texas State, 43-29. The Islanders especially handled their offensive board, making 19 offensive rebounds that led to 14 second-chance points. But Texas State made 24 steals.

Cameron Johnson notched his sixth double-double of the season for the Bobcats, ending with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Texas State led, 29-28, at halftime.

Down, 62-60, with less than a minute remaining, the Bobcats missed a chance to score when Corpus’ Marcus Hammonds stole a pass from Texas State’s John Bowman to Johnson. The Bobcats fouled Hammonds, who made the first free throw.

When Hammonds missed his second attempt, Johnson rebounded and the Bobcats still had a chance with eight seconds left. But J.B. Conley missed an off-balance three-pointer and time expired.

Texas State is 11-13 overall and 5-5 in the league. The Bobcats play at home Saturday against Lamar, which is 5-4 in the league. The Cardinals are in a three-way tie for fourth place with McNeese State and Texas-Arlington.

Following Texas State are McNeese State and Texas-San Antonio, tied for eighth at 3-6. The top eight teams in the league go to the conference tournament with a chance to snag the league’s NCAA Tournament berth.

The Bobcats’ Saturday game with Lamar at Strahan Coliseum is scheduled for a 4 p.m. tip.

The Texas State women’s team lost, 72-59, to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Wednesday at Strahan Coliseum. Diamond Ford led the Bobcats with 22 points. Aimee Hilburn reached double-double for Texas State with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

The Bobcats are 1-9 in the Southland Conference and 5-16 overall.

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