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Joel Wright scored 33 points for Texas State Saturday, but the rest of the team, combined, couldn’t match his scoring in a 79-64 loss to Denver Saturday at Strahan Coliseum (Texas State sports information photo).


Denver set the tone to start the second half and maintained the lead for the duration Saturday at Strahan Coliseum, defeating Texas State, 79-64.

The Pioneers scored the first seven points after halftime and doubled their 35-28 intermission lead. The Bobcats never thereafter cut their deficit to fewer than nine points.

Texas State dropped to 3-8 in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and 7-16 overall. They lost their second straight game at home after winning three straight on the road.

Joel Wright came off the bench again and accounted for more than half of Texas State’s scoring — 33 points and 12 rebounds. Wright made nine of 18 field goal attempts. The rest of the Bobcats combined to go 10 for 31. Wright also went to the free throw line 14 times, making 12.

Denver improved to 9-2 and 13-8. The Pioneers are tied for second place in the WAC with New Mexico State, which is 9-2 and 15-8. The WAC leader is Louisiana Tech (10-0, 19-3). Louisiana Tech is ranked No. 42 in the RPI, making it the only WAC team ranked in the top 70.

The Bobcats are on the road this week with games at Texas-Arlington on Thursday and at Louisiana Tech on Saturday. Both games will tip at 7 p.m.

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