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January 24th, 2011
Bobcats climb, then drop in 88-84 loss at UTSA

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Eddie Rios led Texas State with 20 points Saturday night in an 88-84 loss at Texas-San Antonio. Texas State sports information photo.

STAFF REPORT

The Texas State men’s basketball team spent all night climbing uphill Saturday night at Texas-San Antonio (UTSA). When the Bobcats finally reached the top, UTSA managed to push them off for an 88-84 win.

UTSA scored the first 13 points of the game and extended its lead to 31-14 with 7:07 left in the first half. From there, the Bobcats slowly put themselves back in the game, eventually taking their only lead at 84-83 with 1:41 left in the game, when Cameron Johnson made two free throws.

The rest of the game went badly for the Bobcats, who put UTSA on the free throw line six times and made no free throw opportunities for themselves. UTSA made five of those shots and had their 88-84 margin when the Bobcats took one final possession and missed a three-point try.

Down 86-84 with 11 seconds left, the Bobcats made a bid to win it when Eddie Rios tried a three-pointer. The shot missed, but Travis Jones rebounded for the Bobcats. Jones then missed the follow-up shot, and Sei Paye rebounded for UTSA. Johnson then fouled Paye, who made two free throws.

Rios led the Bobcats with 20 points, followed by 17 for Tony Bishop, 16 for Johnson and 15 for Jones. UTSA’s Melvin Johnson III led all scorers with 21 points.

The Bobcats and UTSA were even on the boards, with 44 rebounds each. Texas State’s rebounding was again evenly distributed, with four different players making at least five rebounds and another three players chipping in with four rebounds.

A UTSA crowd of 2,856 saw the Roadrunners improve to 9-8 overall and 3-2 in the Southland Conference. The Bobcats are 7-11 and 2-2.

The Bobcats will play at Strahan Coliseum Wednesday night against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (7 p.m.). The Islanders are 2-3 in the Southland Conference.

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