For some reason, the San Marcos Daily Record web page is having trouble updating, so I am going to put my story from Saturday’s 86-52 loss to the Longhorns up here for you to read.
AUSTIN – Texas State hit polar opposites, all in the comfort of a week.
The Bobcats played one of their most complete games in recent memory last Tuesday night against the University of Houston. Then, on Saturday, Texas State turned in one of its worst.
Everything, once again, fell by the wayside for the Bobcats inside the Frank Erwin Center. Texas State suffered through an abysmal first half and one that wasn’t much better in the second, falling 86-52 at the hands of Texas.
“One of the things that the Houston game might have done is have [Texas] respect us a little more in their scouting report,” Bobcats head coach Doug Davalos said. “Texas looked awfully good today. I don’t think we gave them our best shot, but they really, really took it to us.”
The Bobcats (6-3) didn’t help themselves at any part of the game, especially in the first half when they brought out a backhoe to dig their hole.
Texas State made three baskets in the first 20 minutes of the game – two 3-pointers (Travis Jones, Matt Staff) and a jump shot by Brooks Ybarra. Shot selection killed the Bobcats as they put up jumpers with opposing hands in their faces or pulled the trigger way too early in the shot clock.
From the 16-minute, 34-second mark of the first half until 2:14 remained, Texas State didn’t knock down a jumper from the field. The Bobcats shot 13.6 percent from the field, compared to 11-of-13 from the free-throw line.
“We had to shoot some tough shots,” Davalos said. “I wish we would have had a little bit better ball movement and player movement, so those could have been uncontested shots.”
The Longhorns (7-2) blew it wide open in the first 5:33 of the second half with a 25-7 run behind a barrage of 3-pointers. Texas buried seven 3-pointers, with freshman guard Julien Lewis (game-high 19 points) contributing four of his own.
“When I saw myself out there running around getting myself going, I thought, ‘Oh, yeah. It’s my time,’” Lewis said. “You never get that many wide-open shots like that because there are always good teams who play aggressive defense. Today, it just happened to be that everywhere I went, I was open.”
Lewis’ final 3-pointer, a dagger from the corner, put the Longhorns up by 37 with 14:15 remaining in the second half. From there, Texas cruised to its 23 consecutive win against the Bobcats, all coming in Austin.
“I don’t know what it is about home and away with this team, because we’re totally different both places,” Davalos said. “If I had a pill for that, I’d definitely give it to our guys.
“We weren’t the same team that played against Houston. Coming here, for competitors, they like this environment. It was a surprise to me that we didn’t look like the aggressors at any point in that game.”