TXST Falls At Home
After going up by 7 points (49-42) with less than 14 minutes to go in the second half, the 'Cats ended the game with turnovers and missed shots in the clutch squandering away an opportunity at the "W". With 3:48 left in the second half, Texas State was locked up in a tie at 60 all , already more points per game than they average. From then on Long Island pulled away hitting three pointers when it mattered. LIU Brooklyn ended the game hitting 7-23 from downtown (30%) as compared to the 'Cats shooting 4-14 (28%). Texas State somehow got off 12 more shots than LIU Brooklyn, their biggest advantage of the season. However, shooting 38% from the field will make it tough to win a game no matter how many shots you get off. LIU hit more shots on fewer attempts (45%) and outscored Texas State 13-4 in the last 4 minutes. One look at the stat sheet and you would swear the Bobcats had the advantage. Texas State won the second chance points battle 18-7, and also out-rebounded LIU 18-7 offensively. The 'Cats outscored the Blackbirds bench by a point, had more blocks, and more points in the paint as well. Losing the turnover battle however worked against the 'Cats, especially in the last 3 minutes. Joel Wright led the team once again in points with 18 and did so efficiently at 53% shooting. He also led the team with 8 boards. Kavin Tilbury pitched in 12 points and Emani Gant finished with 11. All three reached double digits for the 'Cats. Texas State moves on to Sun Belt Conference play and will host the UALR Trojans on January 2nd for a 7:30 p.m. tip off from Strahan.
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