Texas State eases way to victory against McMurry

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Texas State Men's Basketball

Texas State took care of business Wednesday night. 

The Bobcats (5-4), who were coming off a loss to Houston Baptist that head coach Danny Kaspar described as ‘laying an egg,’ rolled to a 100-50 win over Division III opponent McMurry (2-3). 

“The only thing I can tell you is I’m glad a lot of people got to play,” Kaspar said. “Our free throw shooting (8-19) was atrocious, and I’m just glad we got a lot of young men to play (Wednesday night) because there have been times this year where I looked at film and whatever and said, ‘I should’ve played somebody more, a few more minutes more here, a few more minutes more there.’”

Freshman guard Shelby Adams was the recipient of more playing time against the War Hawks. The freshman from Converse, who’d been averaging around five minutes per game, played 21 minutes and led the Bobcats with 17 points. 

“I thought Shelby Adams played a great game (Wednesday night) particularly on the defensive end,” Kaspar said. “The only thing he didn’t probably do a great job of was shooting free throws (7-13).” 

The Bobcats also made a point to get the ball inside the paint. Texas State outscored McMurry, 52-16, with senior forward Immanuel King leading the way with 17 points. 

“We worked inside out that always works for us,” King said. “Once, we get going inside we always hit shots outside.”

Defensively, Texas State suffocated the McMurry attack, which helped it force 36 turnovers. The defensive outing aided the Bobcats to Wednesday’s win 

“Coach (Kapsar) really emphasized pressure on the ball,” Adams said. “He didn’t want our man catching the ball too close to the 3-point line so we did that.” 

McMurry sophomore guard Darius Watts opened the game with a 3-pointer to give the War Hawks their lone lead of the night. Texas State followed with a 24-0 run. 

The Bobcats continued their strong opening-half performance and took a 56-28 lead into intermission. 

Texas State continued to control the game in the second half. Freshman forward Quentin Scott gave the Bobcats their 100th point with an emphatic slam dunk capping off the 100-50 victory inside Strahan Coliseum. 

“On Saturday (against Houston Baptist), we had to pick it up so we emphasized a lot in practice about getting in our lanes, trying to get more steals and forcing more turnovers and I think we did that,” King said.

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