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Texas State basketball defeats Sam Houston, 101-97, in overtime


On a day when Texas State honored its 1960 national championship team and two senior players, the men’s basketball team came from behind to defeat Sam Houston State 101-97 in overtime on Saturday afternoon in Strahan Coliseum.

Texas State senior John Rybak drives for the basket during the Bobcats' 101-97 overtime victory over Sam Houston State. TEXAS STATE PHOTO.

Rybak and Bidias A’ Moute responded by combining for 41 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and four steals for the Bobcats. In addition to the two seniors, Ryan White scored his career-high of 19 points and handed out a team-high six assists, while Uriel Segura added 10 points and five assists for the Bobcats.

Rybak scored 25 points to lead the Bobcats, and his back to-back three-point field goals put the Bobcats in front 83-81 with 3:13 left to play in the second half.

Two and one-half minutes later, the Bearkats came back to tie the score at 84-84 with 51 seconds left before Cameron Johnson, who finished with 13 points and eight rebounds, made a pair of free throws to give the Bobcats a two-point lead.

On Sam Houston State’s next possession, Corey Allmond nailed a three-pointer from the top of the key to give the Bearkats an 87-86 lead with 12 seconds remaining.

On Texas State’s next possession, Ryan White missed a lay-up, but the Bobcats regained the offensive rebound. The ball was inbounded to Rybak who was fouled by Sam Houston State’s Josten Crow with four-tenths of a second left in regulation. Rybak made his first free throw to tie the score, but his second rolled off the left side of the rim to send the game into overtime.

In the overtime period, Rybak stole Preston Brown’s pass and drove the length of the court to give the Bobcats an 89-87 lead. Texas State never trailed again in the game.

After Crow made one of his two free throws, Uriel Segura hit Bidias A’ Moute for a lay-up with 3:09 left to play.

The Bobcats regained possession, but Crow stole a pass from Segura and drove down the court for a slam dunk to pull the Bearkats back to within one, but Rybak answered with another free throw. Then, he grabbed the rebound off of a missed shot by Lance Pevehouse and hit White for a lay-up to put the Bobcats up 94-90 with 1:30 left in the overtime period.

When Allmond missed a jumper from the top of the key, the Bobcats regained possession and Pevehouse fouled White, who made both of his free throws.

Sam Houston State closed the lead back to three when Ashton Mitchell hit Allmond for another trey with 45 seconds left to play. However, Pevehouse fouled White in the backcourt again, and White made another pair of free throws.

Mitchell made two free throws to pull the Bearkats back to within 98-85, before Segura made one of his two free throws to extend Texas State’s lead back to four.

Gilberto Clavell, who led both teams with35 points, grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled by Bidias A’ Moute. He made both of his free throws before he fouled White with four seconds left to play. White clinched the victory when he made his two free throws to make the final score 101-97.

The win clinches at a fifth-place finish in the Southland Conference standings for Texas State, which ends the regular season with a 15-15 overall record and a 9-7 SLC mark this season. The Bobcats will play Southeastern Louisiana in the first round of the Southland Conference Tournament at 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 10.

The 15 wins give Texas State its most wins in a single season under head coach Doug Davalos and gives the Bobcats their highest win total since 2002-03 when Texas State won 17 games. The nine SLC wins also are the most by a Bobcat team since 2002-03 when Texas State had an 11-9 SLC record.