This post was going to be called “A tale of two halves,” but what Texas State put forth Saturday afternoon in the first 20 minutes against Texas-San Antonio couldn’t be classified as a half of basketball. In fact, Bobcat head coach Doug Davalos described his team’s performance as, “…the worst half of basketball I’ve ever seen” and “…an epidemic of bad play.”
Texas State couldn’t find its way before halftime of a 73-62 loss to the Roadrunners if someone pointed the right way. UTSA trounced the Bobcats (leading by as many as 31), pounded them on the boards (25-9; 9-1 offensive rebounds) and scored 15 second-chance points to their zero.
Perhaps the only saving grace in the first half was that the Roadrunners missed 12 of their 17 three-point attempts. UTSA forward Jeromie Hill couldn’t be stopped, however, as he made 3-of-4 from behind the arc and had 13 points at halftime.
Texas State bounced back in the second half and to the fans’ credit, they stuck around to watch the Bobcats slice the Roadrunners’ lead to as few as eight points. Senior forward Matt Staff triggered Texas State’s comeback, scoring 14 of his game-high 18 points and grabbing 11 of his game-high 13 rebounds after halftime.
You can read our game story here — Slow start dooms Bobcat men
On the road, the Bobcat women were a polar opposite.
Texas State jumped out to a 40-33 lead at halftime behind a blistering shooting performance. Behind the return of junior forward Ashley Ezeh, the Bobcats canned 17 of their 22 first-half shots.
UTSA eventually caught up with Texas State and broke the game wide open. The Roadrunners outscored the Bobcats by 16 points in the second half (41-25) en route to a 74-65 win.
Four Texas State players scored in double figures, led by senior guard Diamond Ford’s 20 points. Ezeh added 13 points and three rebounds.