After an early scare, the Bobcats gained their footing and pressed the gas pedal. The Bobcats pulled away en route to a 93-62 victory.
Despite the final score, the Aggies troubled the Bobcats with an early 9-4 run courtesy of a bucket from Antonio Manns, Aggies senior guard. The bucket from Manns put the Aggies up 11-10 with 14:21 in the first half.
“I think we did pretty good not having Emani and basically not having Cam,” said Coach Danny Kaspar. “It was a good showing, the rebounding was strong and the defense was very good.”
The Bobcats dealt with the full court pressure from the Aggies and eventually exploded on a run of their own.
It started with a bucket from Anthony Roberson, sophomore guard. The Bobcats managed to extend their first half lead to 30-15 courtesy of the 20-4 run.
“That’s good for us to play that,” Kaspar said. “We’ve got to be able to handle pressure like this if we’re going to make a statement in the league this year.”
The Bobcats’ bench came in and controlled the tempo of the game. Bobby Conley, junior guard, pressed the Aggies defense with his speed and physicality. Conley finished the game with 19 points on 6-7 shooting.
Kavin Gilder-Tilbury, junior forward, also managed to heat up with 21 points in just 22 minutes.
Defensively, junior forwards Maljhum McCrea and Kendell Ramlal, played an effective game. The duo collected 19 rebounds and seven blocks combined.
Ramlal’s size was a clear advantage for the Bobcats. The 6-foot-7 junior was an anchor for the Bobcats’ defense—using his anticipation to collect five blocks.
The Bobcats bench outscored the Aggies bench by 44 points. Roberson collected nine rebounds and finished with 14 points.
“I was really happy to see Bobby and Anthony play well,” Kaspar said. “I really think missing Anthony hurt us against UTEP. He is one of those quick jumpers. For his size, he is a very good rebounder.”
In addition to outscoring the Aggies’ bench, the Bobcats held the rebounding edge 49-23.
Gilder-Tilbury put the finishing touches on the game with three consecutive three-pointers, which gave the Bobcats a 26 point lead. Kaspar looked toward his bench in the latter half of the game.
The Bobcats’ offense continued to shine, regardless of who was shooting. The team finished with a 59.7 shooting percentage and 21 assists.
Still, Kaspar admitted that he was frustrated with minor things—namely turnovers.
The Bobcats finished the game with 24 turnovers. Kaspar said it was a testament to the Aggies’ athleticism.
On a quick side note, this game was an exhibition for the Bobcats. At 1-1, the team continues their season on Nov. 28 as the Bobcats scheduled to play McNeese State.