Ladies and gentlemen, fans of Texas State sports, we are gathered here today to remember the life of the 16-game home win streak put together by the men’s basketball team.
It was born Dec. 31, 2010 following an 80-59 win against UT-Tyler. From there, its life spanned 369 days and 15 more victories (including a perfect 8-0 mark in Southland Conference play) with two of those wins coming against in-state rivals Sam Houston State and UTSA.
Even though it wasn’t the prettiest of streaks (included wins against five non-Division I teams), it put Texas State on the map. The Bobcats were in the same sentence with Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and Ohio State.
Then on Wednesday night (Jan. 5, 2012), it was shamelessly murdered by Stephen F. Austin and its junior guard Hal Bateman. With less than five seconds remaining in the game, Bateman drove the length of the floor and knocked down a game-winning 3-pointer to beat Texas State, 66-65.
If the Bobcats chose to rebound (two offensive rebounds the entire game) or attack the basket with vigor, chances are, it would still be alive. Texas State chose to be lazy, however, and its streak is now buried.