By Dean Garcia
The Texas State Men’s Basketball team let Texas Lutheran hang around for the whole first half, and part of the second half before ending the game on a 39-5 run Wednesday evening at Strahan Coliseum.The Bobcats have a combined total of 70 points from the last two games: 39 against Howard Payne and 31 against Texas Lutheran. This is the lowest point total by an opponent since allowing 19 to Abilene Christian in 1957.
Emani Gant led all scorers with 18 points, also adding in seven rebounds, one block, and one steal. Gant was a perfect eight for eight from the field. The Bobcats got better all around offensively, shooting 60% in the second half, up from 42% in the first half. The Bobcats locked down the Bulldogs, holding them to 24% shooting for the game. The defense forced 30 turnovers in the game, the most under Coach Danny Kaspar. Although the Bobcats forced 12 turnovers in the first half and 18 in the second half, even holding the Bulldogs to 31 points for the game, Coach Kaspar still thinks the team can do better.
“Took a few starters out and put a few other people in… just keep changing and trying to find some combination that works. It seemed like we found a combination with our first substitution in the second half that got it rolling in terms of defense, in terms of stealsm,” Coach Kaspar said.
The one spot where the Bobcats did not shine was on the boards, getting out rebounded overall and giving up 10 offensive rebounds to the Bulldogs.
“We got to do a better job rebounding, especially on the defensive end, but I think we did a good job overall just playing way better defense in the second half,” Gant said.
The Bobcats improved to 4-1 on the season with the win Wednesday night. They will take on Prairie View A&M at 4 p.m. Saturday.