Win streak snapped by Mavericks

Photo by Gerald Castillo

Men's College Basketball

Streak, snapped.

The Bobcats were riding a three-game win streak before running into the buzzsaw that is UTA inside College Park Center. The Mavericks maintained its perfect record at home during Saturday’s 76-61 win over Texas State (13-9, 6-4 in the Sun Belt). Texas State’s 15-point margin of defeat is the closest any team in the Sun Belt has gotten to knocking off the Mavericks at home.

The Bobcats had a rare misstep defensively on Saturday allowing the Mavericks to shoot 60.4 percent from the floor that included 30 points in the paint. In fact, Saturday was the highest shooting percentage Texas State allowed all season, the previous being against UL Lafayette on January 21. Jalen Jones was the only Maverick to shoot under 50 percent from the floor.

“It was a very disappointing loss. They played very well, were very focused and ready for us today,” head coach Danny Kaspar said. “I was disappointed with our interior defense tonight. We let Jorge Bilbao, who is not a very accomplished scorer, have too good of a night. We need to bounce back and get ready for next weekend.”

Bilbao, who averages under nine points per game, had his eighth double-digit scoring output Saturday against the Bobcats’ front court. Conversely Texas State’s front court combo of Immanuel King and Maxwell Starwood combined for just five points and 10 rebounds.

Senior forward Kavin Gilder-Tilbury moved into the top 10 of Texas State’s all-time scorer’s list with his 15-point output. Senior guard Ojai Black was the only other Bobcat to score in double figures.

After Gilder-Tilbury cut the Maverick lead to seven points at the start of the second half, a quick 7-0 run from the Mavericks pushed their lead to 14. After the 6-minute mark, the Bobcats could only cut the deficit to as low as 12.

The loss keeps Texas State tied for fourth in the Sun Belt with Coastal Carolina which, if the Sun Belt Tournament started today, would still give the team a bye from the first round. But with three of the top four teams on the remaining schedule, every games becomes more pivotal.

Texas State hosts defending conference champion Little Rock Saturday at 4:30 p.m. with Arkansas State heading to Strahan Coliseum Monday night at 7 p.m.

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