Bobcats Get Huge Win In OT

The Bobcats controlled the lead for seemingly the entire game but could not shake the Jaguars loose, and would take overtime before finally winning, 67-66.

Senior Reid Koenen had a career outing against the South Alabama Jaguars Thursday night. Scoring 26 points and hitting 7 out of 10 of his three pointers. The senior also hit a big three pointer at the beginning of overtime to send the message that this game would not be easily taken from the Bobcats.

"I haven't been scoring like that all season, so of course its going to feel good, Its just a matter of my teammates finding me when i'm open and after that its all just muscle memory." Koenen said when asked about his hot hand.

Along with Koenen, there was the ever steady Joel Wright putting in his usual contribution on both sides of the ball. Wright finished with 21 points, eight rebounds and three key blocks. While Koenen opened overtime, Wright took the liberty of closing it, with four very big free throws in the final 30 seconds of the game. The last two free throws came with just over two seconds to play to seal the deal for the Bobcats. The combination of Koenen and Wright carried the Bobcats to a very impressive conference win to keep their conference tournament hopes alive.

"Instead of everyone walking into the locker room with their heads down, there are smiles every where, and that's good." said Head Coach Kaspar after tonight's victory.

On the night, as a team Texas State shot 42 percent from the field while holding the Jaguars to 37 percent from the floor. The Bobcats held the lead for almost 80 percent of the game, although it was close throughout, and shot 44 percent from the three point line. The only thing holding Southern Alabama in the game was the Bobcats poor free throw shooting, only 61 percent. If the Bobcats can start to consistently knock down their free throws, they could possibly make a nice run in the Sun Belt Tournament, especially while still holding the best defense in the conference.

The Bobcats are clearly starting to show everyone that they are a team that is coming together offensively, with everyone pretty much on the same page defensively. The defensive philosophy is holding strong and now players are stepping up in decisive moments. The 'Cats are now only a half of a game back from Troy for the eighth spot in the conference and just one game back from Louisiana Monroe, who the Bobcats have beaten twice already.

Texas state is now 4-9 in Sun Belt play and 8-18 overall. The Bobcats travel to Jonesboro Saturday to play Arkansas State, for another meaningful conference road game.

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