Monthly Archives: December 2012

Top stories of 2012

Well, 2012 is just about done. It’s time to look back at the year in Bobcat athletics with five of the biggest stories. You can click on the links to read the corresponding articles from the San Marcos Daily Record.

1. Texas State knocks off Houston

The Bobcats became the first underdog of more than 34 points to win a game by double digits.

2. Texas State joins the FBS, WAC

A 12-year wait ended as the Bobcats officially became members of the Football Bowl Subdivision and the Western Athletic Conference.

3. Texas State hosts Texas Tech in home opener

More than 30,000 fans watched the Bobcats and Red Raiders tangle in Bobcat Stadium. Here is our game story from the 58-10 loss.

4. Near record for Texas State’s pitchers

The Bobcats didn’t allow a run in 57 2/3 consecutive innings, falling just short of an NCAA record.

5. Hall’s no-hitter in the SLC Tournament

When the Bobcats needed senior pitcher Chandler Hall to step up the most, she did. Hall no-hit Sam Houston State for the title.

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College Basketball: Swept by San Jose State

Texas State head coach Doug Davalos was the first to admit guilt for his team’s performance in Saturday’s ugly loss to San Jose State.

“I apologize for this to anybody who was at the game,” Davalos said. “I’m very disappointed. This is on me. We didn’t come out and play like we needed to play.”

Whether it was Davalos’ fault or his players’, the Bobcats looked awful in the 72-55 defeat.

Texas State only scored 19 points in the first half, which was the lowest output this season. The Bobcats shot 25 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes, missed all 13 of their three-point attempts and saw the Spartans score 24 of their 32 first-half points in the paint.

If there was any positive from the loss, it was the play of Texas State junior forward Joel Wright. After a poor performance in the first half, Wright picked it up in the second to finish with a game-high 22 points. Wright added six rebounds (four offensive) and was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free-throw line.

It also wasn’t the best afternoon for senior forward Matt Staff, who saw his consecutive free throw streak end at 35. Staff also turned the ball over six times and was 3-of-7 from the field.

On the women’s side, the Bobcats went toe-to-toe with SJSU in a 98-96 loss. Texas State battled back from several large deficits and had a chance to win, but senior guard Diamond Ford’s 3-pointer at the buzzer went awry.

Ford had a huge night, scoring a career-high 40 points. The all-time, single-game high was 47 points, set by Carlotta Fisbeck in the 1969-70 season.

Both teams are back in action Monday against Utah State.

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College Basketball: Different directions

On Tuesday night, senior guard Diamond Ford and the Texas State women’s basketball team won their third consecutive game. One night earlier, junior forward Joel Wright and the Texas State men’s basketball team lost its second consecutive game as it fell to Northwestern, 74-68.

For the women, it was a continued step in the right direction.

Ford and the Bobcats are handling business against teams they should beat. Against the Owls, Texas State used a distinct size advantage (44 points in the paint) and a season-best 31 points from Ford to roll to a 75-61 victory. Ford also grabbed 11 rebounds and was the first of two Bobcats with a double-double (Ashley Ezeh had 20 points and 15 rebounds).

On the other hand, the men’s setback — and for that matter, its 75-63 loss at Texas — was just part of a reoccurring problem.

Last Saturday, Texas State chipped away at a double-digit lead by the Longhorns to four points late in the second half, but couldn’t push ahead. The Bobcats turned the ball over on four of their next five possessions once they got within striking distance and lost by 12.

Two days later, Texas State fell victim to the same problem of sustaining focus. The Bobcats owned a six-point lead with less than four minutes to play, but a technical foul on junior forward Corey Stern (hanging on the rim) started the unraveling. Texas State didn’t score again and the Wildcats used a 12-0 run to seal the visitor’s fate.

Both teams have one more non-conference game before starting play in the Western Athletic Conference. Head coach Doug Davalos takes the men to Central Michigan for a Thursday tilt, while Zenarae Antoine leads the women into a Saturday game at Houston.

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College Football: Defensive MVP

Time to continue our year-end voting.

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College Football: Offensive MVP

Time to vote on who was Texas State’s Offensive MVP.

We’ll post our choice after a few votes are cast.

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Texas State Sports Podcast (Episode 14)

Texas State beat writer Tyler Mayforth and Bill Culhane, one of the voices of the Bobcats, recap the 2012 football season and chat a little about men’s basketball.

Texas State Sports Podcast (Episode 14)

If you’re already subscribed on iTunes, you should be able to find it there.

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College Basketball: Staff is leading the nation

Teams better think twice about sending Texas State senior forward Matt Staff to the free-throw line.

Through nine games in 2012-13, Staff hasn’t missed a shot from the charity stripe. Staff is 23-of-23 and currently leads the nation in free-throw shooting percentage. (The national record is 85 in a row by Darnell Archey of Butler from 2000-03.)

In last Saturday’s 73-58 win over Texas-Pan American, Staff was 6-of-6 at the line. Staff led the Bobcats with 21 points and three others scored in double figures (senior guard Vonn Jones, junior forward Reid Koenen and junior forward Joel Wright).

Texas State is 4-5 overall and returns to the court Saturday night for its annual game with the Texas Longhorns. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on the Longhorn Network.

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College Basketball: Tougher schedule in 2012-13 for the men

Take a look at Texas State’s non-conference schedules for the past two years. This doesn’t include tournaments.

2012-13
vs. Fordham
vs. UT-Tyler
vs. Southern Methodist
vs. Utah
vs. Oral Roberts
vs. UT-Pan American
at Texas
at Northwestern
at Central Michigan

2011-12
vs. Texas Lutheran
vs. Howard Payne
vs. Northwestern Oklahoma State
vs. Houston Baptist
vs. Houston
at Texas
at Long Island
at Fordham
vs. Huston Tillotson
at Houston

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College Football: Three Bobcats named All-WAC

Today the Western Athletic Conference announced its all-conference teams.

No Texas State players earned first-team honors, but three hauled in second-team recognition.

Senior linebacker Joplo Bartu spent most of the season at defensive end, but an injury to sophomore David Mayo (suffered against San Jose State) allowed him to move back to his natural position. Bartu closed the season strong and finished 2012 with 95 tackles (61 unassisted), 12 for a loss, 5.5 sacks, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble.

Senior tight end Chase Harper stepped up in 2012, as he was used both at tight end and defensive end. Harper hauled in 28 catches for 315 yards and three touchdowns. On defense, Harper recorded eight tackles (four unassisted), three tackles for a loss and two sacks.

Senior cornerback Darryl Morris saved his best for last, as the senior was a leader in the secondary. Morris tied for the team lead with four interceptions (Craig Mager), recorded 61 tackles (46 unassisted) and broke up five passes.

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College Football: 2012 stat leaders

Here is a small list of statistical leaders for Texas State in 2012.

Passing yards: Shaun Rutherford (2,137)
Rushing yards: Marcus Curry (685)
Total touchdowns: Shaun Rutherford (20)
Rushing touchdowns: Marcus Curry (10)
Receiving yards: Andy Erickson (482)
All-purpose yards: Andy Erickson (951)
Tackles: Joplo Bartu (95)
Sacks: Joplo Bartu (5.5)
Interceptions: Craig Mager (4) and Darryl Morris (4)

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