Texas State Beats ULM

Down the stretch, ULM would take a one point lead, but the Bobcats bounced back with key buckets from seniors Gordon Ball and Joel Wright, along with some defensive stops for a key win on Thursday night.

On a night where the Bobcats would have four players reach double digits, led by senior Joel Wright with 19 points, the 'Cats would need every bucket to pull out a gritty 65-57 win over ULM at Strahan Coliseum.

Early on in the 2nd half, Wright was pulled to the bench after 3 straight turnovers, but returned near the 11 minute mark to lead the final charge. Head Coach Danny Kaspar was not happy with a couple of mistakes from the senior forward.

"He can't play if he's going to play like that, that simple," said Kaspar.

Wright would respond and do so in a big way in crunch time. He and fellow senior post Gordon Ball would combine for the Bobcats final 14 points (8 for Wright and 6 for Ball). On a play that brought the Texas State faithful to their feet, Wes Davis took a steal up the right side of the court and made a perfect lob to Wright who was streaking down the center for a powerful two handed flush.

Battling an illness and losing his voice, Coach Kaspar was just happy for the win.

"No one remembers how you scored the two points, they remember that we win the game. The stands are going to fill up if we're winning. They're not going to fill up if we're losing and you're getting a dunk now and then," said Kaspar.

In the first half, it appeared as if the Bobcats were about to shoot the Warhawks out of the gym. Texas State was sizzling from the floor at a 60% clip, 40% from behind the arc and a perfect 3 for 3 from the free throw line. Wes Davis had 10 of his 12 points in the 1st half, to go along with 2 treys. At the break, the Bobcats led 37-28.

Seniors Reid Koenen and Gordon Ball were the two other Bobcats to reach double figures with 10 and 11 points each, respectively.

On Saturday, Texas State welcomes the Rajin' Cajun to San Marcos for a 4:30 p.m. tip. With the win over ULM, Texas State is now 7-15, 3-6 in Sun Belt play.

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