Texas State’s Travis Jones made all five of his three-point shots Saturday as the Bobcats opened Southland Conference play with an 84-71 win against Northwestern State at Strahan Coliseum. Texas State sports information photo.
As the Southland Conference basketball season begins, the Texas State men’s team suddenly is on a roll.
The Bobcats opened the league schedule with an 84-71 win against Northwestern State Saturday at Strahan Coliseum, claiming their third straight victory and improving their overall record to 6-9.
Meanwhile, the Texas State women’s team opened the league season Saturday with an 81-66 loss at Northwestern State, falling to 5-9 for the season.
The men’s team shot a strong 53.7 percent (29 for 54) against Northwestern State. By contrast, Northwestern State shot 34.7 percent (25 for 72). While the Demons made only 28.2 percent of their shots in the first half (11 of 39), the Bobcats rushed to a 42-30 lead at the intermission.
The Bobcats held strong throughout the second half, extending their lead as far as 84-62 with 2:02 remaining.
Cameron Johnson led the Bobcats with 19 points and seven rebounds. Travis Jones made five of five shots from three-point range, scoring 17 points. The Bobcats were nine of 14 from behind the three-point line.
Devon Baker led Northwestern State with 17 points.
The Bobcats will return to the court Saturday, when they travel to McNeese State.
The Texas State women’s team struggled against a full court press at Northwestern State in its loss to open league play. The Bobcats fell behind, 37-25, at halftime and finished the game with 26 turnovers.
Diamond Ford and Ashley Ezeh each scored 10 points to lead Texas State. Northwestern State’s Brittiany Houston led all scorers with 22 points.
The Bobcats will play their first Southland Conference home game of the season Saturday against McNeese State at Strahan Coliseum (4 p.m.).