SAN MARCOS — Looking to avenge an earlier loss in Dallas this season, John Rybak scored 23 points and Texas State had five players score in double figures as the Bobcats opened the year 2010 with a 91-86 victory over SMU in a non-conference game Saturday afternoon in Strahan Coliseum.
Texas State took control of the game early as the Bobcats came out red hot. Texas State opened the game making their first seven shots, including five three pointers, and jumped out to a 19-5 lead with 15:40 left to play. Rybak connected on three of the treys, while Hale added another two in the opening minutes. In addition, Cameron Johnson made a lay-up and Ryan White drove full court for another lay-up to go along with his four assists in the first 4:20.
SMU pulled back to within 21-16 before the Bobcats used a 6-0 run to increase its lead to 13 (29-16) with just under 10 minutes left to play in the opening period. Hale hit J.B. Conley for a lay-up and he made a free throw for a three-point play the old fashion way to begin the rally. Then Rybak scored five straight points on a three-point field goal and a jumper. The Bobcats held a double digit lead the rest of the half and led 45-27 at intermission as Rybak finished the first half with 18 points to lead all scorers.
In the second half, Texas State continued to hold a double-digit lead until the final five minutes of the game as McCoy hit back-to-back three-point shots to pull SMU to within 72-64 with 4:59 left to play.
But, Rybak answered with a pair of free throws and Johnson scored a three-point play the old-fashioned way with a lay-up and free throw to give the Bobcats a 77-65 lead with 4:44 left.
The Mustangs didn’t get any closer than 10 until there was 1:35 left to play in the game. Ryan Harp made a pair of free throws for SMU before John Bowman answered with two free throws for the Bobcats. After Williams drove for a lay-up, Uriel Segura hit J.B. Conley for a slam dunk that made the score 88-77 with 1:00 left to play.
After Conley’s slam dunk, Williams added three more layups, while Conley added another lay-up and Bowman made a free throw to make the final score 91-86.
The victory improves Texas State’s record this season to 5-8, and the Bobcats play host to Panhandle State on Tuesday night, Jan. 5 at 7:00 p.m. before opening their Southland Conference schedule at UT Arlington on Saturday, Jan. 9.Email | Print