WHAT THE LOSS MEANS
The Texas State men’s basketball team finished the season with a 56-53 loss to Louisiana-Monroe. With the loss, the Bobcats secured the eighth seed in the postseason conference tournament. The Bobcats concluded their regular season with a 13-16 overall record (7-13 in conference).
The Bobcats began the second half on an 11-2 run to create a 37-29 lead. The Warhawks answered with a 17-8 run to take a 46-45 lead. The teams traded baskets for the remainder of the game until Nick Coppola, Warhawks sophomore guard, knocked down a 3-pointer that gave ULM a two-point lead. Texas State never regained the lead.
SPOTLIGHT PLAYER: Kavin Gilder-Tilbury, sophomore forward
Gilder-Tilbury sparked the Texas State offense just before halftime as he converted back-to-back 3-pointers from the left wing. Gilder-Tilbury was responsible for giving the Bobcats the lead in the second half with his offensive aggression. Gilder-Tilbury led the team with 16 points and eight rebounds. He has finished his past four games in double-digit points.
The Texas State defense held Louisiana-Monroe to 56 points. The Warhawks shot 41.7 percent from the field. The Texas State defense limited the Warhawks to two points off of fast breaks, something the Bobcats have been focusing on in practice.
Texas State struggled offensively throughout the game with the exception of making a small run to open the second half. The Bobcats converted on 19 of their 55 shot attempts, ending regulation with a 34.5 percentage. The team knocked down six of its 16 shots from 3-point range.
UGLY: Free throws
The Bobcats struggled at the free throw lane with the exception of Gilder-Tilbury. The team made nine of its 16 free throws. Gilder-Tilbury was responsible for six of them. The game most likely would have resulted in a win if the Bobcats had converted more from the free throw line.
WHAT THEY SAID
“Our players played really hard, but we missed too many free throws and too many shots to win this game,” Coach Danny Kaspar said. “The effort was there defensively speaking and in other areas of the game, but offensively we just did not have it tonight. Nine for 16 from the free throw line is going to hurt you in close games any night.”
Texas State will begin the Sun Belt Conference Tournament Thursday against the fifth-seeded UT-Arlington Mavericks. The Bobcats lost to the Mavericks in their two previous meetings this season.
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