F Emani Gant (Jr.) would go to the bench around the 8:30 mark after picking up his fourth foul, as it would hinder the Bobcats both offensively and defensively. He would later return with 4:55 left to go, only to foul out by drawing a technical foul for complaining about a no call after a missed shot. He would finish with 13 points, 8 rebs, and 4 steals.
"We let some people get in our heads tonight, especially Emani Gant. I told him in the locker room that he better never let that happen again," said Head Coach Danny Kaspar after the game.
The Bobcat offense would struggle in the second half going only 10 for 28 shooting and would give UTSA 34 shots from the charity stripe over the course of the game, leading to 26 points. Senior point guard, D.J. Brown would do all he could to keep the Bobcats within distance, adding 10 points in the second half going 4 for 8 from deep for the game, but it wasn't enough.
Texas State dominated early in the game with a heavy dose of Gant in the paint, picking up 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals in the first half. Leading by double digits most of the first stanza, Texas State would eventually see the Road Runners crawl back in it on the heels of a 10-3 run, going into halftime leading the birds, 40-33.
"We were up seven at halftime, and momentum was down on their side. They went from 16 down to seven down and then that was where the game really started to change," said Coach Kaspar.
Texas State suffers their first loss of the season, now 2-1 overall. The Bobcats will start a 3 game home stretch starting against Howard Payne next Sunday, November 30th. Tip is set for 4 p.m. from Strahan Colliseum.