Air Jamaica finally took off. Who knew his first runway would be in Moscow, Idaho?
Behind a monster night by junior forward Joel Wright, the Texas State men overcame a 17-point deficit to beat Idaho, 78-73. It was the Bobcats’ second consecutive win after they snapped their nine-game losing streak last Saturday.
Wright, nicknamed “Air Jamaica” from his days on the Brooklyn playgrounds, did just about everything for Texas State against the Vandals. He scored a career-high 37 points, grabbed six rebounds, notched five steals and dished five assists.
After a slow start, in which the Bobcats trailed 32-15, Doug Davalos’ team picked it up. Texas State narrowed Idaho’s lead to four by halftime and took its first advantage late in the second half (67-65) on a 3-pointer by junior guard Phil Hawkins.
Despite a late rally by the Vandals, the Bobcats held them off. Free throws down the stretch by Hawkins and Wright sealed it for Texas State.
In San Marcos, the Bobcat women started strong and faded fast — all in the comfort of the first half.
Even though it played without junior forward Ashley Ezeh for the third consecutive game, Texas State never lost a step in the first seven minutes against the Vandals. The Bobcats led 19-9 and their five-guard lineup looked strong doing so.
Then junior guard-forward Jasmine Baugus got into foul trouble and Texas State’s intensity lacked. Thirteen minutes later, the Bobcats trailed 38-24 after Idaho went on a 29-5 run.
Texas State got back within single digits in the second half, but could never swing ahead. Bobcat senior guard Diamond Ford tallied 17 of her game-high 25 points after halftime.
Both teams are back in action Saturday against Seattle University.