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January 20th, 2008
Texas State men even Southland Conference record with win at home

Sports Reporter

SAN MARCOS – The Texas State (9-8, 2-2) men’s basketball team had another big 2nd half for the 2nd game in a row and came away with a 93-84 victory over the Colonels from Nicholls State (6-13, 1-3) Saturday night at Strahan Coliseum. After outscoring Southeastern Louisiana last Thursday night 47-39 in the 2nd half, the Bobcats put up 53 points versus Nicholls State’s 39 to overcome a 45-40 deficit and even up their conference record.

Nicholls State shot nearly 60 percent in the first half led by 6’6” Jr forward Ryan Bathie from Australia. Bathie finished the game with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assist. Texas State stayed close in the first half due to the play of 6’1 Jr. guard Brent Benson (12 pts 1st half) and 6’5” Sr. guard Brent Holder (9 pts 1st half). The Bobcats once again struggled at the free throw line and hit only 50% of their shots from the charity stripe hitting 8-16 shots.

The `Cats 6’7” Sr. forward Matt Fullenwider started the big 2nd half with seven points in the first three minutes to give Texas State a 53-49 lead. There were two ties and three lead changes during the last half and then the Bobcats started hitting free throws. They hit on 14 of 16 free throw in the final two minutes of the game to finally pull away for the 93-84 victory in front of 2,124 fans. Texas State hit a total of 22 out of 29 free throws in the 2nd half and finished by hitting a respectable 66.7% (30 of 45) for the game. After shooting lights out in the 1st half, the Colonels were limited to only 36% shooting in the 2nd half. The two teams combined for 63 three-point attempts which broke the two team record for 3-pointers in a game which was set against Texas-Arlington in February of 2007 when the two teams combined for 56 attempts from beyond the arc.

Texas State’s 93 points, 40 rebounds and 11 three-pointers kept them at the top of the Southland Conference in these offensive categories. Coming into the game, Texas State led in scoring offense (85.4), rebounding (43) and three-point field goals made (8.13/game).

The Bobcats will stay at home next Thursday for the final game of their three game home stand, to play the defending Southland Conference champions Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (4-12, 1-2) at 7 p.m.

Box Score

Nicholls State
Texas State

Leading Scorers

Nicholls State:
Bose (16 pts), Friend (15 pts), Bathie (13 pts), Verner (12 pts), Payne (11pts), Gray (8 pts)

Texas State:
Brenson (20 pts including 9 of 10 free throws), Holder (15 pts) Fullenwider (14 pts, 5 rebs), Brandon Bush (11 pts, 6 rebs, 3 ast) , Cameron Johnson (6 pts, 7 rebs) and Brandon Thomas (6 pts, 7 rebs) all led the Bobcats in victory.

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