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February 15th, 2010
Johnson leads Bobcats rally past Lamar

021410johnsonTexas State forward Cameron Johnson scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half Saturday as Texas State beat Lamar, 81-67, Saturday at Strahan Coliseum. Texas State sports information photo.

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A 15-0 run early in the second half Saturday at Strahan Coliseum propelled the Texas State men’s basketball team to an 81-67 win against Lamar, strengthening the Bobcats in their bid to qualify for the Southland Conference Tournament.

The win, their 10th in 12 home games, improved the Bobcats to 12-13 overall and, more important, a fifth-place 6-5 in the Southland Conference. With five games left in their season, the Bobcats are 2 1/2 games ahead of Northwestern State and McNeese State, which are tied for ninth place at 3-7 in the league. The top eight teams go to the tournament.

The Bobcats led only 32-30 with 16:10 left against Lamar when emerging star Cameron Johnson triggered the decisive 15-0 rally. Johnson scored five points in the stretch, during which he also assisted Tony Bishop’s jumper from the paint and followed a steal with an assist pass for John Bowman’s dunk.

Johnson finished the game with 19 points and eight rebounds. Point guard Ryan White, playing much of the game with an ankle injury, added 16 points, while Bishop scored 11 and Bowman scored 10.

Anthony Miles led Lamar with 23 points.

The Bobcats led only 25-23 at halftime after shooting 27 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes. But Johnson scored 17 of his points in the second half, and White scored 13 after the intermission.

In Southland Conference games only, Johnson is fourth in the league with his 18.0-point scoring average, and third with 8.6 rebounds per game. Johnson is the only player in the league’s top five for both categories.

The Bobcats cranked it up defensively against Lamar, making 12 steals as they forced 23 turnovers. Lamar finished the day with only four assists, compared with 13 for Texas State. Lamar shot only 36.4 percent from the floor (20 for 55). The Bobcats made 42.9 percent of their shots (27 for 63).

The game drew 1,991 fans, pushing the Bobcats’ total attendance in 12 home games to 19,480 — an average of 1,623.33 per game. In their last four home games, three of which they won, the Bobcats have drawn an average of 2,513.25 fans. In their six Southland Conference home games, the Bobcats have drawn an average of 2,020 fans, third in the league behind Lamar (3,216) and Stephen F. Austin (2,607).

Last year, the Bobcats drew a total of 23,161 to 15 home games, an average of 1,544.

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