UC Riverside (1-5) vs. Texas State (2-3)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 24, 4 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Sullivan Arena (8,700) -- Anchorage, Alaska. Television:
None. Home Record: UC Riverside 1-1, Texas State 2-1. Away Record: UC
Riverside 0-2, Texas State 0-0. Neutral Record: UC Riverside 0-2, Texas State
0-2. Conference Record: UC Riverside 0-0, CMU 0-0. Series Record: First-ever
GAME NOTES: In a consolation game of the Great Alaska Shootout the UC
Riverside Highlanders and the Texas State Bobcats will try to end the
tournament on a high note Saturday.
The dismal start to the season for UC Riverside took another downward turn in
its second game of the Shootout. Despite leading by as many as 11 points
midway through the second half, the Highlanders couldn't hold off a comeback
from host Alaska-Anchorage as they fell 66-65. The loss was the fifth in six
total games this season with the lone win coming against Whitman College which
plays at the Division III level. After this final game of the tournament, the
Highlanders return home to play Northern Colorado.
The Bobcats' stay in Anchorage has not been a pleasant one as they have
taken two losses. The most recent was a 78-63 dismantling by Loyola Marymount
which came on the heels of a 73-64 defeat to Charlotte. In the next three
games the Bobcats will return home where they opened the season with a 2-1
These team's have yet to meet up on the hardwood prior to this matchup.
When Dayton Bobbie connected on a layup with nearly nine minutes remaining in
the second half, it looked like UC Riverside was well on its way to its second
win. However the Highlanders were the victims of a 16-5 run to close out the
game by UAA and lost the one-point decision. The Highlanders shot at a 45.5
percent clip but were outscored by a 27-12 margin from 3-point range. Chris
Patton was the lead scorer with 16 points.
There has been virtually no offensive consistency from UC Riverside. The
Highlanders are scoring just 57.8 points per game and have not scored more
than 52 points against a Division I opponent. All those losses haven't come by
large margins though with the team allowing 65.3 points per game, while never
taking a double-digit loss. Josh Fox (11.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg) leads the team in
scoring while Patton (10.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg) is the second option as well as the
top rebounder. Fox was kept out of double figures against UAA which put more
pressure on other scorers to pick up the pace. Chris Harriel (9.7 ppg) can
score but doesn't shoot very well (32.9 FG percentage).
In the loss to Loyola Marymount, Texas State failed to get going offensively
and ended up shooting at a less than impressive 34.4 percent clip overall in
the game which included a 5-of-20 showing from beyond the arc. The Bobcats
were also on the short end of a massive 48-32 difference in rebounds. Vonn
Jones led the team in scoring with 14 points.
As a team Texas State is shooting at a collective 39.1 percent from the floor,
but scoring a healthy 74.8 points per game. In fact, despite its losing
record, Texas State actually owns a positive, albeit slight scoring
differential (+0.6) this season. Foul trouble hurt top scorer Joel Wright in
the loss to Loyola Marymount. Normally a 17.2-point-per-game scorer, Wright
managed only seven points in 11 minutes as he picked up fouls early on and
eventually fouled out. Wrights production is also missed on the boards as he
leads the team in rebounds (6.2 pg). Matt Staff (14.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg) is the
second option after Wright and the only other player on the roster scoring in
double figures this season. Corey Stern (7.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg) is the next best
Although Texas State is certainly not an elite Division I program against a UC
Riverside team that has struggled against just about everyone it has faced,
the Bobcats should be just fine.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas State 74, UC Riverside 64
11/24 10:31:25 ET
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