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Bobcats secure playoff spot despite loss

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The Bobcats are now on a three-game losing streak after being defeated by the Little Rock Trojans, 57-45.

Texas State managed to clinch their spot in the Sun Belt Conference tournament despite the loss.

The Bobcats sat in the seventh seed in the Sun Belt Conference, just above Appalachian State and one below UT-Arlington.

A win would have given the Bobcats a tie for the sixth seed with UT-Arlington.

At the tip, the game started slow for both teams. Just under six minutes into the first, the Bpbcats tied the score at four. It took Texas State eight and a half minutes to score six points. The Bobcats made three of their 11 shots from the floor in the first quarter (27.3 percent).

Little Rock gained a two point lead and ended the quarter up 6-8.

The Trojans were then able to improve their lead by 10 points to end the second quarter. The score stood at 17-27 by halftime.

During the third, the Bobcats sent Little Rock to the line four times. The Trojans converted on every trip to the charity stripe.

With 3:42 left in the fourth quarter, Texas State was able to shrink Little Rock’s lead to nine points. The Trojans retaliated by going on a 4-0 run.

With four seconds left, Whitney Apari, sophomore forward, sunk a 3-pointer cutting Little Rock’s lead down to twelve.

Leading the Bobcats in points was Taeler Deer, sophomore guard, with 13. Deer also grabbed five rebounds and dished out 2 assists. The guard went five-for-ten from the field and shot 100 percent from the line.

Following Deer in points was Raven Burns, senior guard, and Kiani Lurry, freshman guard. Burns and Lurry both scored eight points each.

Burns snagged a single steal and went three-for-seven from the field and two-for-three from the 3-point line.

Lurry grabbed two boards and shot three-for-seven inside the perimeter.

De’Jionae Calloway, freshman forward, led Texas State in rebounds with six.

Little Rock’s Shanity James, senior forward, was allowed to score 18 points after going eight-for-twelve from the field. James was the only player in the game to get a double-double. The forward grabbed a total of 13 rebounds.

Alexius Dawn, senior guard for the Trojans, scored 12 points on the Bobcats. Dawn went five-for-eleven from the field and two-for-seven from beyond the arc.

As a team, Texas State shot 37 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from the 3-point line. The Bobcats scored 14 in the paint and 10 off of turnovers.

Little Rock was allowed to shoot 40.7 percent from the field and only 15.4 percent from the perimeter.

The Trojans were able to score 30 points in the paint and 18 off of turnovers.

This loss brings the Bobcats overall record to 12-15 and their conference record to 7-10. This game marks Texas State’s third loss in a row after losing to Louisiana-Lafayette and Arkansas State.

Little Rock is second the in the conference with a record of 14-4 in the Sun Belt and 16-11 overall.

This game was Texas State’s second to last road game. Next, the Bobcats are heading to Arlington, Texas to play UT-Arlington on Tuesday at 5 p.m. This game has more significant playoff seeding implications than any other conference game.

The Bobcats can tie the Mavericks for the sixth seed with a win.

After the team returns to San Marcos, they’ll be hosting their final two home games of the season against Troy and South Alabama.