Texas State's offense goes cold in blowout loss to Georgia State

Texas State Men's Basketball

Texas State can’t shake this losing streak.

The Bobcats (14-15, 7-9 Sun Belt) appeared ready to end its seven-game losing skid against Georgia State (20-8, 11-4) on Thursday. Texas State held a four-point lead with over 12 minutes remaining in the opening half. But the offense went cold as it failed to score a field goal in the final 10:34 of the half.

The Bobcats never regained momentum and lost their seventh straight game in a 77-50 affair against the Panthers.

“The shots were falling early, and I want to say it was 26-25 with 5 minutes to go, 4 minutes to go, then they went on a 9-0 run on us,” Kaspar said. “You could see some shoulders were down, but I thought we had them going coming out (of halftime). I don’t know what happen. I want to say, they hit some shots and we got fouled and we missed five or six straight free throws … It just seemed like the air went out of our lungs after that.”

Texas State couldn’t stop Georgia State sophomore guard D’Marcus Simonds, who tallied a game-high 19 points and added six rebound and four assists. Simonds sparked the Panther offense by penetrating through the Bobcat defense and dishing it out to his teammates beyond the arc. Junior forward Malik Benlevi finished with 16 points and made five 3-pointers, while junior forward Jeff Thomas sank three 3-pointers to end the night with 13 points.

“They’ve got a great guard in D’Marcus Simonds, we had no answers for him,” Kaspar said. “(Simonds) created other opportunities for others to score, particularly from the 3-point line. If you look at the people in double-digit figures, they’re shooting 3s and a lot of that came off the penetration by D’Marcus Simonds.”

Texas State’s offense looked poised to breakthrough against Georgia State. Junior guard Tre Nottingham sparked the Bobcat attack with three consecutive 3-pointers early in the first half, which pushed their lead to 20-15.

The Panthers grabbed a 21-20 lead with 10:55 left in the half. But junior guard Isaiah Gurley knocked down a triple to give Texas State a 23-21 lead. Gurley’s bucket, however, would be the last field goal the Bobcats converted in the opening half.

Georgia State took advantage of Texas State’s stagnant offense and outscored the Bobcats, 14-2, in the final 10:34 to take a 35-25 lead into the intermission.

Texas State’s offense never woke up, and the Panthers continued to pull away in the second half.

“I’m at a loss of words to explain that meltdown,” Kaspar said. “(Georgia State is) a very good basketball team. They might probably be the only team that can challenge Louisiana (in the Sun Belt), and they did beat Louisiana at their place.”

Kaspar said Texas State’s losing streak is all mental. After struggling on offense against Georgia State, the Bobcats allowed their offense to dictate their defense.

“When you get your heads down because you’re missing shots, or whatever, that affects our defense, and we played poorly offensively,” Kaspar said. “I just felt like it carries over to the other side of the ball. We got to have some kids who just say, ‘Okay, I’m not going to let that affect me.’ But it is a very mental thing right now that we’re going through.”


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