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February 10th, 2011
Bobcats tie for first place with win at Central Arkansas

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Tony Bishop led Texas State with 22 points and seven rebounds Wednesday as the Bobcats beat Central Arkansas, 85-61. Texas State sports information photo.

STAFF REPORT

The Texas State men’s basketball team moved into a tie for first place in the Southland Conference Wednesday night with an 85-61 win at Central Arkansas.

The win brought the Bobcats to 11-12 overall and 6-3 in the league, tied with Northwestern State. McNeese State follows at 5-3. Southeastern Louisiana, Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston State, Texas-San Antonio and Texas-Arlington all are 5-4.

Texas State’s third straight victory was never much in doubt. The Bobcats took the lead for good when Tony Bishop’s layup made it 13-12 with 11:02 left in the first half. That basket began a 22-11 span that brought the Bobcats to a 31-22 halftime lead.

The Bobcats shot lights out in the second half, hitting 19 of 32 field goal attempts (59.4 percent). Upping their lead to 20 halfway six minutes into the second half, they cruised to the finish.

Bishop led the Bobcats with 22 points, followed by Eddie Rios with 19. Bishop also led the team with seven rebounds, while Rios made five of eight three-point shots. Ryan White made nine assists against only three turnovers. The Bobcats had assists on 21 of their 32 baskets.

By Thursday evening, the Bobcats could be all alone atop the Southland Conference, but only if Northwestern State loses at home to Lamar, which is 3-5 in the league.

Texas State plays at Strahan Coliseum Saturday against Texas-Arlington (2:05 p.m.).

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