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The Bobcats Continue a Five Game Road Slate with a Stop in Baton Rouge vs LSU

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By Carter Bordwell
Sports Reporter

After a season-opening 75-57 victory over Incarnate Word, the Texas State Bobcats will continue its five-game road trip against the Louisiana State University Tigers.

The Bobcat men’s basketball team, 1-0, will take on the LSU Tigers, 1-0, Friday, Nov. 12.

The Tigers are known for a high-scoring offense, while Texas State has gotten a reputation of grinding out defensive wins.

The Bobcats led the Sun Belt in scoring defense last season, giving up just 61.7 points per game for comparison; the Tigers averaged 81.7 points per game last season.

These two styles were on full display in both teams’ season openers as the Bobcats held Incarnate Word to just 57 points on 44 percent shooting. LSU was able to score 101 points on 53 percent shooting versus Louisiana Monroe.

Texas State basketball coach Terrence Johnson acknowledged his team must continue to build chemistry early on in the season.

“There are some chemistry things we need to work on,” Johnson said. “Some guys are experiencing this stuff for the very first time.”

Coach Johnson also talked about the importance of communication with players that are new to the team.

“We’re trying to communicate non verbally with some of the guys that just got here and that is just not going to happen,” Johnson said. “We have got to do a better job of communicating, projecting our voice and being heard.”

Senior guard Caleb Asberry leads the Bobcats in scoring with 20 points on 66.7 percent from the field. He’s followed by senior guard Shelby Adams, with 14 points on 75 percent shooting. Next is junior guard Drue Drinnon with 12 points on 62.5 percent from the field.

Senior forward Darius Days leads the Tigers in scoring with 30 points per game on 84.6 percent shooting. He’s followed by freshman center Efton Reid who had 16 points on 70 percent shooting. Next is Cincinnati transfer sophomore forward Tari Eason with 11 points on 44.4 percent shooting.

The Bobcats have only faced off with the Tigers once in 1987, where they lost by a score of 93-74.

Texas State will play LSU basketball Friday, at the Pete Maravich Center in Baton Rouge, La. on SECN+/ESPN+.

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