Texas State loses yet another game with several lead changes in the final minutes eventually falling, 72-63. We have our recap of Saturdays game.
After trailing by 16 points early in the second half the Bobcats would claw their way back into the game, initiated by hitting four straight three pointers to erase the deficit and eventually lead by five, 55-50, with 9:30 remaining in the game. Forward Kavin Gilder-Tilbury (Jr.) would hit one three from distance, then Guard Ethan Montalvo (Jr.) would add one of his own while serving as the set up man for two more of Tilbury's wide open connections from beyond the arc.
It was a game of runs down the stretch for the Bobcats, but missed key opportunities that resulted in points for the Ragin' Cajuns in the final minutes. Forward Emani Gant (Jr.) would free himself up for a great look at the rim after a nice pass fake to Tilbury, but the miss would lead to a dunk on the other end, sending this teeter-totter of a game back in favor of Lafayette for the remainder of the night. ULL would end the game on a 14-1 run, and pull away 72-63.
"Of course we was hitting three's. I hit one, Ethan hit one. We had the momentum and we felt like we were trying to get the upper-hand and kept continuing that, but they got in that 1-3-1 zone and it messed us up," said Tilbury after the game.
Tilbury would lead the way in scoring for the Bobcats with 20 points off of 5-9 shooting, 3 of 7 from downtown, while adding 5 rebounds and a team high 4 assists. Gant would chip in 16 points of his own while pulling in 8 rebounds. He would hit some late buckets down the stretch as well including a nice two handed jam in transition off a nice dish from Tilbury.
The first half was controlled primarily by ULL, led by G Johnathan Stove (Fr.) who was perfect from the field (6-6) and finished with 15 points at the break. They controlled the pace of the game, by getting in transition and recording eight second chance points to Texas State's two. Point Guard D.J. Brown would lead the way for the Bobcats at the half with 8 points off of two three's and a pair from the line. Texas State would go into the locker room down 34-27.
"He(Stove) was someone that we tried to bring in last year. We really worked him hard in his house and at his school. I'm frustrated that we didn't come out ready to play yet happy that we had sort of some resilience to bounce back," said Head Coach Danny Kaspar after the tough loss.
Texas State falls to 10-10 on the season and 4-7 in Sun Belt Play. The Bobcats will go back on the road to Mobile, AL for a rematch against South Alabama trying to snap their slide. Tip off is set for 7:05 p.m., on Wednesday.
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