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Joel Wright led Texas State with 24 points Saturday against Texas-Arlington, but the Bobcats lost for the ninth straight time, 91-74 (Texas State sports information image).

STAFF REPORT

A 17-0 run in the middle of the first half by visiting Texas-Arlington (UTA) killed the Texas State men’s basketball team Saturday at Strahan Coliseum.

The Bobcats lost, 91-74, for their ninth straight defeat. The Bobcats are 0-6 in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and 4-14 overall. UTA is 3-2 and 8-6

The Bobcats were down only 21-17 when UTA went on its tear starting with 12:40 remaining. With 6:36 left, the Bobcats trailed, 38-17. Five different players scored for UTA during that run.

The Bobcats brought themselves back within 44-34 at half. Then, Deonte Jones went off for the Bobcats, making three three-point shots and a layup in the first five minutes of the second half as Texas State came to within 54-50 with 15:31 left in the game.

But the Bobcats couldn’t get all the way up that hill and UTA re-asserted its control over the game. The Mavericks had their lead back up to 88-67 with 4:44 left.

Joel Wright led the Bobcats and all scorers with 24 points. Jones added 21 points for Texas State.

Karol Gruszecki scored 23 points to lead UTA, which placed five scorers in double figures.

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