2nd Half Slump, TXST Falls
Texas Arlington would start the 2nd half on fire, with 18:24 to go they would go on a 8-0 run, which was also became the largest lead of the game for both teams, 42-30. Drew Charles would score 7 of those 12 points and grabbed 2 big rebounds during that stretch that would ultimately start the momentum for the rest of the second half. The Mavericks would go on too drop 39 points in the second stanza in route to the win. “Beginning and end of every half is important, if you don’t start off strong in the beginning it can have a mental effect on you. If you go into half time with them scoring their last 6 or 8 points it can have that mental affect on you that can pull that energy on it, you got to start out strong and finish strong so your locker room in more lively,” said Coach Kaspar. The Bobcats picked up the momentum offensively at the 13:06 mark, still down by 10 points but made a run themselves. Texas State eventually cut the deficit down to 3 points, 52-49 with 8:28 remaining. Forward Emani Gant (Jr.) would score 6 of those points and forward Kavin Gilder-Tilbury (Jr.) would hit two big 3-point shots and grab 2 big offensive boards. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough for the Bobcats, as the lead would go up and down for the rest of the game for the Mavericks. The Bobcats would bring it back within 5 points with 2 minutes left in the game, but UTA was too much, finishing off the 'Cats, 70-61. “We were right there late in the game at UTA when we played them earlier in the season, and they were able to grab boards, and that’s what breaks our backs, our guys need to be more blue collar,” said Kaspar. Guard Jamarcus Weatherspoon (Jr.), Gant, and guard Wes Davis (Sr.) would each have a team high 12 points a piece, Gant also had a team high 7 boards. Tilbury would add in 10 points, hitting 2 of 4 clutch shots from beyond the arc in the second half, and grabbed 6 boards. He would grab two huge boards that helped spark an offensive run and help cut the lead down. “Since we lost the 1st half, we came out the second half pretty bad, they jumped on us I think 10 or 12 points and then we couldn’t get back in it. We went 2-3 zone, we stopped them a couple plays but then they adjusted, we couldn’t get number 22 out the lane (Lonnie McClanhan)”, said Davis. Texas State came out ready to play the 1st half, guard Ethan Montalvo (Jr.) would hit a 3 pointer to start the game off for the Bobcats, followed by a jump shot from Davis. For the rest of the half it would be a back and forth battle for both teams. Davis would lead the way for the Bobcats with 10 points, and hitting two 3 point shots, Gant had 8 points and 5 boards. Texas State would go into the locker room down 31-28. Texas State now falls below .500, they are 11-12 on the season, and 5-9 in Sun Belt play. The Bobcats next face Georgia State this Saturday at 11 a.m. on ESPN2. The 'Cats currently sit in a tie for 8th place with Arkansas Little-Rock for the last spot to make the SBC Tourney. With 6 games still remaining, the 'Cats still control their own destiny in trying to get to New Orleans. Only the Top 8 teams will make the conference tournament.
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