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January 17th, 2014
Bobcat men await Texas-Arlington


After a disappointing 4-9 run up to the conference schedule, the Texas State men’s basketball team learned quickly that it can play in the Sun Belt Conference, which isn’t the same thing as winning.

The Bobcats were close in their first two attempts against the league, both at Strahan Coliseum. On Jan. 2, the Bobcats lost, 63-59, to Arkansas-Little Rock (UALR). On Jan. 4, they lost, 74-69, to Arkansas State. The Bobcats were in both games until the end.

On Jan. 11, the Bobcats went to Louisiana-Monroe (ULM) and tacked up an easy win, 61-36. The Bobcats shot 57.1 percent (24 of 42), compared with 26.4 percent (14 of 53) by ULM. Joel Wright and Wes Davis each had 14 points for the Bobcats. ULM made only three of 26 field goal attempts (11.54 percent) after halftime.

Then the Bobcats went to Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL) on Jan. 13 and never stood a chance. The Ragin’ Cajuns shot 56.3 percent (27-for-48), compared with 50 percent (23-for-46) for Texas State. However, ULL made five more three-pointers and scored 10 more points from the free-throw line.

The Bobcats couldn’t stop ULL’s Elfrid Payton, who led all players with 21 points, seven assists and six steals. Shawn Long added 18 points and nine rebounds for ULL. Joel Wright led Texas State with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Now 1-3 in the league, the Bobcats will see a familiar face Saturday at Strahan Coliseum (4:30 p.m.). Texas-Arlington, which ran in the Southland Conference with Texas State, is coming to town as a Sun Belt opponent. Texas-Arlington is 6-10 overall and 1-3 in the league.

Texas State guard Wesley Davis, a junior from Arlington. TEXAS STATE SPORTS INFORMATION PHOTO

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