Southeastern Louisiana’s Patrick Sullivan, with the ball, scored 17 points, including the game winner with 2.3 seconds left in overtime, leadiing his team to a 79-78 overtime win against Texas State Wednesday night in the first round of the Southland Conference Tournament in Katy. Southland Conference photo.
Texas State’s bid to advance in the Southland Conference men’s basketball tournament ended when it began Wednesday night in Katy, where Southeastern Louisiana’s Patrick Sullivan made one of two free throws with 2.3 seconds left in overtime to give his team a 79-78 win against the Bobcats.
The Bobcats held a 41-24 lead at halftime and couldn’t play with the lead. Only 4:39 into the second half, Southeastern Louisiana rallied to within 45-39. From then, it was a ball game.
Southeastern Louisiana, which shot only 33 percent in the first half, hit a blistering 59 percent in the second half. Meanwhile, the Bobcats too often gave the ball away, finishing the night with 21 turnovers.
“I was very disappointed in how we approached defense in the first five minutes of the second half,” said Texas State head coach Doug Davalos. “Our inability to hold on to the ball also cost us. When you commit 21 turnovers, you’re going to have a hard time winning.”
The Lions took their first lead since very early when Gary Dixon made a layup to make it 61-60 with 5:56 left. Cameron Johnson, who finished with 23 for the Bobcats, made a jumper to give his team a 72-69 lead with 1:01 left, but Trent Hutchin made his fifth three-point shot of the game with 45 seconds left to put the game into overtime.
The overtime stayed even throughout, until Sullivan made the winning free throw to send his team to the second round against Sam Houston State, while the Bobcats are going home.
“I knew what was at stake,” said Sullivan. “I knew there was no tomorrow if I didn’t hit it. They called a time out, which gave me time to think, but I remained positive. After I missed the first one, I knew the second one had to go in.”
Sullivan, a 6-foot-9 senior center, finished the game with 17 points, as did Dixon.
The Bobcats had one more chance to win, but Johnson’s 15-footer bounced the rim as the horn sounded.
Southeastern Louisiana continues with a 19-11 record. The Bobcats bow out at 15-16.Email | Print