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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  1. Stern didn’t start the unraveling, he made the two shots that put them up by 6 points. Take a look at the actual play-by-play from ESPN, after the technical and Official TV Timeout. See the name Matt Staff!…
    Actual activity:
    3:11 Foul on Matt Staff
    2:46 Matt Staff Turnover.
    2:36 Foul on Matt Staff
    2:05 Matt Staff missed Jumper. 68-67
    1:37 Vonn Jones Turnover. 68-70
    1:25 Foul on Joel Wright 68-70
    0:59 Wesley Davis missed Jumper. 68-72
    0:51 Foul on Corey Stern 68-72
    0:39 Matt Staff missed Three Point Jumper. 68-72
    0:14 Reid Koenen Defensive Rebound. 68-72
    0:12 Foul on Matt Staff 68-72

    5:44 Northwestern Full Timeout.
    5:16 Foul on Wesley Davis 64-60
    5:16 64-60 Dave Sobolewski missed Free Throw.
    5:16 64-61 Dave Sobolewski made Free Throw.
    5:02 Corey Stern made Layup. Assisted by Matt Staff. 66-61
    4:26 66-61 Jared Swopshire missed Three Point Jumper.
    4:26 66-61 Mike Turner Offensive Rebound.
    4:23 Foul on Vonn Jones 66-61
    4:23 66-62 Dave Sobolewski made Free Throw.
    4:23 66-62 Dave Sobolewski missed Free Throw.
    4:23 66-62 Dave Sobolewski missed Free Throw.
    4:23 Matt Staff Defensive Rebound. 66-62
    4:04 Matt Staff Turnover. 66-62
    4:04 66-62 Reggie Hearn Steal.
    3:50 66-62 Alex Olah missed Jumper.
    3:50 Corey Stern Defensive Rebound. 66-62
    3:31 Corey Stern made Dunk. Assisted by Vonn Jones. 68-62
    3:31 Technical Foul on Corey Stern 68-62
    3:31 Official TV Timeout.
    3:31 68-63 Jared Swopshire made Free Throw.
    3:31 68-63 Jared Swopshire missed Free Throw.
    3:11 Foul on Matt Staff 68-63
    3:11 68-64 Reggie Hearn made Free Throw.
    3:11 68-65 Reggie Hearn made Free Throw.
    2:46 Matt Staff Turnover. 68-65
    2:45 68-65 Mike Turner Steal.
    2:36 Foul on Matt Staff 68-65
    2:36 68-66 Dave Sobolewski made Free Throw.
    2:36 68-67 Dave Sobolewski made Free Throw.
    2:05 Matt Staff missed Jumper. 68-67
    2:05 68-67 Jared Swopshire Defensive Rebound.
    1:45 68-70 Dave Sobolewski made Three Point Jumper. Assisted by Mike Turner.
    1:37 Vonn Jones Turnover. 68-70
    1:36 68-70 Reggie Hearn Steal.
    1:25 Foul on Joel Wright 68-70
    1:25 68-71 Alex Marcotullio made Free Throw.
    1:25 68-72 Alex Marcotullio made Free Throw.
    1:23 Texas State Full Timeout.
    1:03 68-72 Foul on Mike Turner
    0:59 Wesley Davis missed Jumper. 68-72
    0:59 68-72 Alex Marcotullio Defensive Rebound.
    0:51 Foul on Corey Stern 68-72
    0:51 68-72 Alex Marcotullio missed Free Throw.
    0:51 68-72 Alex Marcotullio missed Free Throw.
    0:51 Reid Koenen Defensive Rebound. 68-72
    0:45 68-72 Foul on Alex Marcotullio
    0:39 Matt Staff missed Three Point Jumper. 68-72
    0:39 68-72 Northwestern Defensive Rebound.
    0:38 Northwestern Full Timeout.
    0:33 Northwestern Full Timeout.
    0:14 68-72 Dave Sobolewski missed Three Point Jumper.
    0:14 Reid Koenen Defensive Rebound. 68-72
    0:12 Foul on Matt Staff 68-72
    0:12 68-73 Dave Sobolewski made Free Throw.
    0:12 68-73 Dave Sobolewski missed Free Throw.
    0:12 Matt Staff Defensive Rebound. 68-73
    0:04 Joel Wright missed Layup. 68-73
    0:04 Joel Wright Offensive Rebound. 68-73
    0:02 Joel Wright missed Layup. 68-73
    0:02 68-73 Jared Swopshire Defensive Rebound.
    0:01 Foul on Joel Wright 68-73
    0:01 68-73 Jared Swopshire missed Free Throw.
    0:01 68-74 Jared Swopshire made Free Throw.
    0:00 End Game

    • Phil, I can agree with you that Staff had his hand in the unraveling with two turnovers, but if it weren’t for Stern’s technical, which stole every bit of momentum from the Bobcats’ sideline, they might have played a bit more sound down the stretch. It’s a chain reaction. Butterfly effect, if have you.

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