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Reid Koenen scored 23 points for Texas State Saturday in an 81-78 overtime win at Texas-San Antonio (Texas State sports information photo).

STAFF REPORT

Calling on its ninth different starting lineup of the season, the Texas State men’s basketball team broke through with its first Western Athletic Conference (WAC) win Saturday, defeating Texas-San Antonio (UTSA), 81-78 in overtime at Strahan Coliseum.

Trailing, 70-66, with 1:58 left, the Bobcats pushed it into overtime at 70-70 with a jumper by Wesley Davis and a layup by Phil Hawkins. UTSA then held a 76-72 lead with two minutes left in overtime, but Texas State scored eight of the next ten points, five of the by Joel Wright. A free throw by Wright gave the Bobcats an 80-78 lead with 34 seconds left.

Corey Stern made a free throw for Texas State to make it 81-78 with 14 seconds remaining. UTSA missed a three-pointer by Michael Hale III at the buzzer and Wright made the defensive rebound, enabling the Bobcats to hang on.

The win improved Texas State’s record to 1-6 in the WAC and 5-14 overall. UTSA is 0-7 and 4-13.

Stern produced his first double-double for Texas State, scoring 18 points with 13 rebounds. Wright and Reid Koenen combined for 39 points off the Texas State bench, with Koenen scoring 23 points to lead the Bobcats and Wright scoring 16 points.

Texas State continues its three-game road swing through the WAC with a game Thursday at Idaho (9 p.m.), then Saturday at Seattle (9 p.m.). Idaho is 3-4 and 7-10, while Seattle is 1-6 and 6-11.

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