With a strong second-half rush, the Texas State basketball team recorded its third straight win, all on the road, with an 86-83 triumph at Seattle.
Reid Koenen finished with a career high 24 points and six rebounds. Corey Stern, playing in his hometown, recorded his second career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Joel Wright finished just short of a double-double with 19 points and nine rebounds. Phil Hawkins added 13 points and six assists.
The Bobcats now are 3-6 in the Western Athletic Conference and 7-14 overall. Seattle is 1-8 and 6-13.
Seattle held a 42-35 lead at halftime and extended it to 45-35 with a three-point shot at the start of the second half. The Redhawks maintained that cushing for ten minutes, blowing their lead out to 12 (67-55) with 8:55 left.
But the Bobcats climbed back into it with a two-minute spurt. The Bobcats trailed, 71-62, before Hawkins made two free throws, then Wright made a steal and a dunk. A three-pointer by Koenen brought Texas State to within 71-70 with 4:55 left, then Hawkins hit a jumper to give the Bobcats a 72-71 lead with 4:23 remaining.
After three more lead changes, the Bobcats went ahead for good, 76-75, on a jumper by Stern with 2:57 left. Two free throws by Hawkins gave the Bobcats their largest lead, 82-77, with 1:09 remaining.
Following their successful 3-0 road trip, the Bobcats return home Thursday to play New Mexico State (7 p.m.). The Aggies are 7-2 and 13-8.Email | Print