The Texas State men’s basketball team will huddle up and try it again Saturday against Texas-Arlington at Strahan Coliseum. The Bobcats are 0-5 in the Western Athletic Conference.
A very bad night of rebounding cost the Texas State men’s basketball team Thursday night. The Bobcats, who fell, 84-67, to Louisiana Tech at Strahan Coliseum, still are looking for their first Western Athletic Conference (WAC) win. The attendance was announced as 1,011.
Louisiana Tech asserted itself early in the game with a 12-2 run and steadily extended it to 38-21 at halftime. The Bobcats had a good two-minute stretch early in the second half, during which they cut their deficit from 43-27 to 43-36. But the Bobcats never came closer and Louisiana Tech pulled away in the last ten minutes.
The Bobcats defensive front was ineffective on the board, snagging only 24 of 43 opportunities. The defensive team usually will make about three-fourths of the rebounds and the Bobcats made a little more than half. In the first half, alone, Louisiana Tech scored 17 points after making an offensive rebound.
“You can’t get crushed on the boards,” Bobcats coach Doug Davalos said. “We got crushed on the boards. They had seven guys that outrebounded everyone on our team, expect for one person. They have multiple players with plus two rebounds. So it was a team effort on their part.”
The Bulldogs came with waves of players. None played more than 21 minutes, and ten played 16 minutes or more. They outrebounded Texas State, 54-32 overall, as 11 of their players each had one rebound. Kenneth Smith, a guard, led the way with 10 rebounds for Tech.
In a game of remarkably few free throws, the Bobcats still lost eight points at the charity stripe. They made only five of 13 free throws, compared with 11 of 13 for Tech.
Cordelius Johnson made five three-pointers and led Tech with 17 points. No one else on the team scored more than 12, but 11 different players scored. Joel Wright led the Bobcats with 24 points and seven rebounds in 31 minutes.
The Bobcats now are 0-5 in the WAC and 4-13 overall. Louisiana Tech leads the WAC at 4-0, tied with Utah State. The Bulldogs are 13-3 overall.
If it’s worth considering, the Bobcats have played all of their WAC games against the top half of the league. The Bobcats also have lost to Utah State (4-0, 13-1), Denver (4-1, 8-7) and New Mexico State (3-2, 9-8).
Now, the Bobcats will try themselves against the bottom half of the league so far, which consists mainly of schools that, like Texas State, are new to the league. Next up for the Bobcats is Texas-Arlington (UTA), which is 2-2 and 7-6. The Mavericks have league wins at home against New Mexico State and on the road against Texas-San Antonio (UTSA). Their league losses are at home against Denver and Louisiana Tech.
Perhaps the Bobcats will have their chance against the second division. But there’s a catch. Almost all of it is on the road. Following the UTA game, the Bobcats will play their next three at UTSA (0-5, 4-11), at Idaho (2-2, 6-8) and at Seattle (0-4, 4-9). When they return home on Jan. 31, it will be against New Mexico State (7 p.m.).
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