Bobcats drop eighth straight game in 81-77 loss to Georgia Southern

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Texas State Men's Basketball

The Bobcats are hurting.

They have been for a while.

Texas State hasn’t picked up a win in 30 days. The Bobcats dropped their eighth consecutive game on Saturday. This time to the team they last beat. Texas State lost, 81-77, against Georgia Southern inside Strahan Coliseum.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever been involved with an eight-game losing streak,” head coach Danny Kaspar said. “If it is, it would’ve had to be the first year here (at Texas State) because it was never at Incarnate Word … So, this is my longest losing streak in 27 years as a head coach. So, it’s really hurting us all, especially after you win nine out of 10, or whatever it was, 9-of-11. So, we’re all hurting. We are.”

Texas State (14-16, 7-10 Sun Belt) fought valiantly against Georgia Southern (17-12, 9-7). The Bobcats trailed 75-64 with 52 seconds remaining in regulation, but they went on a furious run.

Texas State took advantage of missed free throws from the Eagles. Junior Tre Nottingham, who finished with a career-high 27 points, knocked down two 3-pointers and converted two layups to aid the comeback effort. The Bobcats cut the deficit down to 79-77, but they wouldn’t get any closer.

Texas State finished the day shooting 52 percent from the field, and outrebounded its opponent 33-25 but it wasn’t enough to snap the losing streak.

“I’ve always preached defense,” Kaspar said. “You’ve got to play good D if you want to win it all, and (Saturday's) game is a perfect example of that. We’re shooting 52 percent from the field, 41.5 percent from the 3. We outrebounded the other team by eight. We have eight offensive rebounds, they have only three and one of those is a team-rebound. So, we blocked off pretty good. The one stat that we’re definitely getting beat on is turnovers (14-6).

“But you shoot the ball that well and you outrebound somebody that well and you still lose that’s because you allowed them to shoot 55 percent from the field and 45 percent from the 3-point line, and they don’t turn it over. So, there’s a lot of ways you can lose basketball games but you can’t let somebody shoot the ball that well on your home floor.”

Georgia Southern junior guard Ike Smith and Tookie Brown tortured the Bobcats on Saturday. Smith finished with 25 points, while Brown scored all 16 of his points in the second half. Senior guard Mike Hughes added 19 points for the Eagles.

“I want to give some credit to Ike Smith and Tookie Brown, I mean, they hit some big shots when they had to,” Kaspar said. “I mean it came down to their two star players making some huge shots. Huge shots. And they needed them to come through for them and they did, and basically that was the story of the game at the end there. That and our turnovers. That’s difference in the game. Very, very clutch shooting by two first team all-conference players.”

The Bobcats finish the regular season against UT-Arlington, which beat Texas State 70-68 in overtime on Feb. 10, on Friday at 6 p.m.

They’ll look to avoid the nine-game losing streak. 

They'll try to end their hurting. 

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