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February 9th, 2009
Bobcats split with McNeese


The basketball teams at Texas State continue to lag near the bottom of the Southland Conference standings after they split over the weekend against McNeese State.

The women’s team snapped a five-game losing streak with a 62-58 win against McNeese State at Strahan Coliseum. However, the win still leaves the Bobcats out of the playoff picture at this moment.

Texas State now is 9-12 overall and 3-6 in the Southland Conference. The Bobcats are ninth in the league, which will take eight teams to its conference tournament in March. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Sam Houston State are tied for seventh at 4-4 in the league.

Gabriell Mattox of Texas State led all scorers with 17 points, followed by 14 from teammate Aimee Hilburn. Texas State led. 27-16, at halftime.

The Bobcats dominated inside, outscoring the visitors, 32-14, from the paint. McNeese State, which made just 25 percent of its field goal attempts, is 10-11 overall and 2-6 in the league after its third straight loss.

Even though Brandon Bush and Brent Benson each scored 22 points for the Bobcat men’s team, it still lost, 85-79, at McNeese State.

The Bobcats took a 55-51 lead with 13:27 left, but didn’t score in the next five minutes as McNeese went on a 10-0 run to take the lead for good. The Bobcats made it as close as 66-64 with 6:17 left,  but couldn’t close the deal.

Texas State fell to 10-12 overall and 3-6 in the Southland Conference. The Bobcats are in a three-way tie for eighth place with Lamar and Southeastern Louisiana. McNeese State is all alone in seventh place at 3-5 in the league and 9-12 overall.

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