GAME NOTES: A pair of teams meeting for just the second time ever get together
at Strahan Coliseum in San Marco on Thursday night, as the Texas State Bobcats
play host to the Seattle Redhawks in Western Athletic Conference action.
Texas State, which won the first meeting of the campaign on the road back on
Jan. 26 by a score of 86-83, immediately followed that victory with five
consecutive defeats, all in conference play. Now sitting at just 3-11 versus
the rest of the WAC, TSU has since ended that slide with a 74-61 triumph over
Lamar last Saturday in non-conference action.
Of the two teams with a weaker WAC record than the Bobcats, the Redhawks are
one of them with a mark of just 2-13. In fact, Seattle has the worst record of
any program in the WAC right now after losing to Texas-Arlington in the most
recent outing, 65-63, back on Feb. 16. Seattle has now bowed in five straight
Almost two weeks ago now, the Redhawks sized up UT-Arlington and came up just
short in a two-point decision at Key Arena as not a single starter for the
hosts scored in double figures. Instead, it was Jarell Flora who tallied a
game-high 18 points in 28 minutes off the bench, followed by Deshaun
Sunderhaus with 13 points and seven boards in a reserve role as well before
In conference games, the Redhawks are generating a mere 63.9 ppg, partly
because they are shooting only 27.8 percent from 3-point range and also due to
a lackluster 62.1 percent effort at the free-throw line. Clarence Trent, the
lone double-digit scorer for the group with 10.5 ppg, is also responsible for
a team-high 6.0 rpg, but his 25.6 percent accuracy out on the perimeter and
62.5 percent at the charity stripe are part of the problem.
The defense for the Bobcats not only held Lamar to just 36.1 percent shooting
from the floor, it also prevented the hosts from making even one of their
three tries behind the 3-point line in the double-digit win last weekend. Joel
Wright led all scorers with 27 points, adding seven rebounds, six assists,
four blocked shots and a couple of steals in order to offset his five
turnovers, followed by Deonte Jones and Matt Staff with 19 and 12 points,
respectively, the latter accounting for 11 rebounds as well.
Wright has been a one-man wrecking crew for the Bobcats this season, leading
the squad in scoring (18.7 ppg) against WAC members and also clearing 6.6 rpg
in those matchups. Wright has made good on 97-of-128 (.758) at the free-throw
line and while his accuracy is nothing to brag about, what is important to
note is that no one on the team has even attempted more than 40 shots at the
stripe over 14 games, reinforcing just how important he is to Texas State.
As long as Wright is rolling along for the Bobcats and perhaps someone else
can give him some support on Thursday night, there's no reason to think Texas
State cannot defend its home court.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas State 68, Seattle 57