Bobcats Lose 3rd Straight
There was no mistaking it at all. Texas State was locked into another defensive slugfest Thursday night with Georgia Southern as they were in their first match-up earlier this year. The Eagles would lead 40-35 with 6:46 left in regulation and points were hard to come by for both teams the rest of the way. Texas State would go on to outscore the Eagles, 8-5 the remainder of the game, but missed shots and free throws down the stretch would do in the 'Cats. Despite another lackluster offensive performance, TXST would have a chance to tie the game up and send it to overtime with 11.8 seconds left. D.J. Brown would drive the ball coast to coast, but failed to convert the lay-up, and the Bobcats would fall 45-43. Texas State would finish the game shooting 32% from the field and 53% from the free throw line. They were able to hold the Eagles to just 33% from the field, but Georgia Southern would hit 7 out of 8 free throws in the second half, which came up big for them. “It’s a very disappointing loss, I think our players played very well, but we did some not very smart things out there. Both teams didn’t shoot the ball well, I would like to think from some degree that was defense. They went 8 for 9 and hit some more free throws then we did and that’s the difference in the game,” said Head Coach Danny Kaspar Jamarcus Weatherspoon (Jr.) had a solid game on the night, scoring 15 points, shooting 7 of 9 from the field. His offensive presence was crucial at times for the Bobcats as he was able to spark up the offense a few times and keep the 'Cats in the game with key buckets. Cameron Naylor (Jr.) would also chip in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Naylor played big boy basketball down low in the paint, grabbing 5 defensive boards. Texas State's leading scorer heading into the game, Emani Gant (Jr.), struggled shooting the ball going 4 for 14 from the field, but would clean the glass for 8 boards. The Bobcats would trail the whole first half as they would only manage to score 4 points in the game's first 11 minutes, and would be down, 14-4. Wes Davis (Sr.) and Naylor would manage to score a couple baskets to help trim the lead. With a few seconds left in the first half, Naylor would get the rebound and drive the ball coast to coast and kick out to Ethan Montalvo (Jr.) where he would knock down his only 3 point shot of the night to send them to halftime only trailing by three, 22-19. After Thursday nights loss, the Bobcats are now 10-8 overall and 4-5 in the Sun Belt. Texas State looks to bounce back from a 3 game losing streak, as they will next host Appalachian State this Saturday in San Marcos, tip off is at 4:30 p.m. from Strahan Coliseum.
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