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November 29th, 2010
Bobcats take two tough losses at home

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Ryan White scored 16 points for Texas State in a loss to North Texas. Texas State sports information photo.

STAFF REPORT

A Texas State men’s basketball team picked to prevail in the Southland Conference is struggling in the early going, losing all three of its home games and sitting at 2-3 overall.

The Bobcats lost twice at home last week. First, came a 127-126 overtime loss in overtime against Our Lady of the Lake, an NAIA school, at Strahan Coliseum on Nov. 24. Next came an 81-77 loss to North Texas at Strahan Coliseum on Nov. 27.

The loss to North Texas came especially hard for the Bobcats, considering the prestige at stake. North Texas is No. 27 on the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) duplications as of Monday morning. Texas State is 191st.

The Bobcats held a 42-28 lead, their largest of the North Texas game, with 18:26 remaining. With 4:43 left, they still led, 67-55.

In the next four minutes, though, the Bobcats were zero-for-four from the floor, they made three turnovers and they were three-for-six from the free-throw line as North Texas seized a 75-70 lead with a 20-3 run. Josh White led the North Texas run with seven points and an assist.

Texas State lost a 38-28 halftime lead despite shooting 51.7 percent (15 for 29) from the floor in the second half. It was because the Bobcats couldn’t put a lid on the defensive basket. The Mean Green shot only 23 times in the second half, but made 16 of them (69.6 percent). Among those shots were six makes in seven three-point tries.

Ryan White led the Bobcats with 16 points. Tony Bishop and John Bowman each scored 12 points, while A.J. Stewart scored 11. Tristan Thompson scored 23 points for North Texas, followed by White with 21.

The day before Thanksgiving, the Bobcats clearly weren’t ready to play, falling behind, 55-35, at halftime of their loss to Our Lady of the Lake. The Bobcats outscored their visitors, 73-53, in the second half to force overtime, but the visitors prevailed in the end.

The Bobcats shot 52.4 percent (43 for 82) from the floor. Our Lady of the Lake shot 47.2 percent (42 for 89). However, Our Lady of the Lake also hit 44 percent (11 for 25) from three-point range.

Ryan White led the Bobcats with 21 points, followed by Bishop with 20 points and 16 rebounds. Dionelle Rucker and Robert Martinez each scored 29 for Our Lady of the Lake.

The Bobcats go on the road to play at Houston Baptist on Saturday  (7:35 p.m.).

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