Louisiana bullies Texas State

Photo by Gerald Castillo

Texas State Men's Basketball

Louisiana has bullied its way through the Sun Belt, defeating conference opponents by an average of 20 points.

Texas State became the Ragin’ Cajuns next victim. The Bobcats fell to Louisiana, 80-55, on Saturday in front of 3,222 fans inside Strahan Coliseum. Head coach Danny Kaspar said it was one of the worst days at the office he’s had in a long time.

“My wife tried to cheer me up and said ‘Oh, you’ve had worse,’ but never at home like this,” Kaspar said. “I can’t explain it. I thought other than some guys trying too hard ... They made us shoot very low — Maybe a season low 32 percent. We had them scoring poorly in the first half, and that’s what I'm most upset about our second half than I am the first. They came out and I think they scored the first five points on us and it looked like our shoulders dropped after that, and I’m very disappointed that we did not show more fight in the game.”

Texas State (13-8, 6-2 Sun Belt) came into Saturday’s game fighting for first place with Louisiana (17-3, 7-0). Kaspar said the team may have come out with anxiety and eagerness that negatively impacted his squad. Junior forward Alex Peacock, who tallied nine points and nine rebound, said the hype may have been a factor in the loss.

“I know that we were all really excited,” Peacock said. “We knew this was the first time being back home in this two-game stand with a decent amount of fans. You know, playing for first place might have had something to do with it, but we just didn’t have it (Saturday).”

But Peacock said the biggest factor was the Bobcats’ inability to have shots fall down. Texas State shot 32.2 percent from the field, and only sank 3-13 3-pointers.

“(Saturday), it was just the ball wasn’t going in the hole pretty much,” Peacock said. “I mean, we both had the same amount of shots, they just hit 10 more than us. So, I mean, it’s just a factor of the ball not going in the hole (Saturday) because we had a lot of wide-open looks that didn’t go in or they went in and out stuff like that. They got blocked.”

Louisiana took advantage of the Bobcats’ struggles. Texas State shot 13 percent midway through the first half, while the Ragin’ Cajuns built a 20-6 lead.

But the Bobcats fought back to cut the Louisiana advantage down to 20-14. The Ragin’ Cajuns, however, closed the half out strongly and took a 32-20 lead into halftime.

Louisiana began the second half by hitting its first two buckets, and slowly began to pull away.

The Bobcats couldn’t cut into the Ragin’ Cajun lead and had their six-game winning streak snapped.

“We, with our inexperience, failed to respond properly,” Kaspar said.

Freshman guard Shelby Adams led the Bobcats with 10 points, while Peacock and junior guard Isaiah Gurley both added nine points. Texas State's leading-scorer Nijal Pearson was held to a season-low four points. 

Texas State returns to action on the road against Georgia Southern on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Adams said the Bobcats will move on from Saturday’s loss by forgetting about the disappointing defeat.

“You can’t do nothing about it,” Adams said. “We play again Thursday, you got to just focus on that. It’s a road game too, so we’ll just forget about it. Sleep. Think about it tonight, and tomorrow is a new day.”

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