Poor Shooting, TXST Loses
Texas State's downward spiral has largely been in part to their inability to get points and buckets in large stretches. Saturday afternoon was a continuation of the trend. The Bobcats would only trail by 7 points with 15:11 to go in the 2nd half, 33-26, on two buckets by Wes Davis (Sr.) and Cameron Naylor, but weren’t able to close the gap any further the rest of the game. Leading scorer Emani Gant (Jr.) only scored 2 of his 13 points in the 2nd half of off free throws late in the second half, and finished with 13 for the game. He was the only Bobcat who went for double figures in the loss. “We were 2-14 from the three, that’s not going to get it done. We are not getting outside shots to open it up for him down low (Gant), “ said Head Coach Danny Kaspar. Texas State started the game on a cold spell and it continued for the rest of the half, they would only shoot 29% from the field for the entire match. GSU would go up 28-12 with 4:36 to go in the first frame. The 'Cats responded with a 9-1 run to close the stanza, Gant would score 6 of the 9 points and grab two boards. Forward Cameron Naylor (Jr.) would contribute to that run by grabbing 5 huge boards and would chip in 2 points. Texas State would finish the first half trailing, 29-21. “Disappointed in our performance not defensively, but offensively, we cant’ make shots, our kids cant make their shots and its affecting the rest of the game,” said Coach Kaspar. For the game, Cameron Naylor (Jr.) would chip in 5 points and 6 boards, all of them coming in the final minutes of the first half. Guard D.J. Brown (Sr.) would also contribute with 5 points and 5 boards. Texas State now falls to 11-13 overall, 5-10 in conference and has slipped to 9th place in the Sun-Belt. With only five games remaining, Texas State faces must win situations down the stretch to make the conference tournament which will only host the Top 8 Sun Belt teams. TXST will next face Louisiana Lafayette on the road, Thursday February 19th at 7:15 p.m.
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