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Texas St. basketball puts up just 20 points in first half, loses to UTSA

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San Marcos, Texas – It was the tale of two halves in San Marcos this afternoon, but it was UTSA that came out on top. The Roadrunners defeated the Bobcats 73-62 today at Strahan Coliseum.

Three players finished in double figures today. Senior forward Matt Staff led the team with 18 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots. Juniors Phil Hawkins and Joel Wright added 13 points apiece. Texas State shot 37.9 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from the charity stripe.

Texas State (7-19, 3-11 WAC) left its 26-point deficit in the locker room as it came out in attack mode to start the second half. The Bobcats left the jump shots behind and started attacking the rim. The result was a 12-3 run to start the half sparked by Staff.

The Bobcats continued to break down UTSA (6-19, 2-12 WAC) as the Roadrunners were 1-for-10 from the field to start the second half, and struggled to find their shot. Texas State steadily wore down UTSA when Reid Koenen made a layup with 7:18 to go cut UTSA's lead to single digits for the first time since 10 minutes to go in the first half. Less than one minute later, Hawkins nailed a transition three-pointer with 6:25 to go to bring Texas State to within eight points.

Both teams traded points at the free throw line over the final four minutes of play, but it was a long range trey by Staff that notched the final points of the game. Despite outscoring UTSA 42-27 in the second half, the Bobcats weren't able to capture the comeback victory.

Kannon Burrage led a quintet of UTSA players that scored in double figures. Burrage finished with 15 points and seven rebounds. Jeromie Hill and Michael Hale III recorded 13 points each, while Jordan Sims added 12 points and Edrico McGregor tallied 10 points and nine rebounds. UTSA finished 42.1 percent from the floor and 75 percent from the free throw line.

Texas State will take a break from WAC play next week to play its ESPN BracketBuster's game versus Lamar. Tip-off at the Montagne Center is scheduled for 6 p.m. on February 23.

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