Sorry for a delayed post, but better late than never.
Texas State finally snapped its nine-game losing streak and did it in a big way last Saturday afternoon against Texas-San Antonio. In a game that saw five ties and eight lead changes, the Bobcats battled back from several deficits to outlast the Roadrunners, 81-78, in overtime.
It was a breakout game for Texas State, as five players scored in double figures — Reid Koenen (23 points), Corey Stern (18), Joel Wright (16), Phil Hawkins (13) and Wesley Davis (10) — and its defense paved the way.
“We picked a hell of a time to have our best total-team effort,” Bobcat head coach Doug Davalos said. “This team that we saw today could beat a lot of people. If we carry this over and keep staying together, not care who gets the minutes and everybody contributes, we can do anything we want from this point on.”
Two of the main cogs for Texas State in its first league win as a member of the Western Athletic Conference were Koenen and Stern.
When the Bobcats needed a big shot, Koenen stepped up. Koenen raised the stakes with each of his five made 3-pointers (a career high), with his last coming with 1:03 left in overtime to put Texas State up 77-76.
“I haven’t been shooting the ball too well as of late, so I made a point of it to get in the gym more,” Koenen said. “This is a big rivalry game, so I wanted to come out and knock down shots if I was open.”
Even though Stern posted career highs in minutes (38), points (18) and rebounds (13), it was his defense that set a tone. Stern patrolled the top of the Bobcats’ zone, using his length to force UTSA’s smaller lineup around him and making life miserable for Kannon Burrage when he attempted game-winning shots at the end of regulation and overtime.
Texas State improved to 5-14 overall and 1-6 in the WAC.
“We’ve taken a ton of tough losses this year, but it’s big for us going forward,” Stern said. “We’ve got a good team and we’re ready to show that.”