The Texas State men’s basketball team shot 29 percent from the field Monday in its 68-41 loss on the road to Georgia State and suffered its worst loss of the season since the 32-point loss to Texas.
The Bobcats’ current 7-18 record makes this Coach Danny Kaspar’s most losing season in his 23 years of coaching college basketball, supplanting his 9-17 record in his first year with Stephen F. Austin in 2000.
“I’m very upset with the lack of intensity and effort that our players are giving us right now,” Kaspar said. “There has to be a change in that regard or I’ll need to make some changes.”
Georgia State improved to 18-7 on the year and 11-1 in Sun Belt play, while Texas State is now a full game behind 8th-ranked Troy in the Sun Belt standings.
The game opened with neither team breaking a 2-2 tie until the 12:42 mark. Georgia State shot 1 for 15 and Texas State went 0 for 8 in the first eight minutes of the game.
The first half concluded with the Panthers doubling up Texas State 28-14.
The second half opened with Texas State falling behind 45-16 after a 17-2 run by the Panthers.
Texas State was beat in the open court 14-3 on fast break opportunities—12 of which came within the first eight minutes of the second half— and was outscored in the paint by 10.
Georgia State guard Ryan Harrow, transfer from Kentucky, led the Panthers with 17 points, three rebounds and three assists. Forward Manny Atkins contributed 15 points and seven rebounds of his own.
“If we want to win a game like this, against a team that’s this incredible, we have to play defensive basketball for 40 minutes,” said Assistant Coach Talvin Hester. “We didn’t do that tonight.”
The Bobcats finished shooting 25 percent from a 3-point range, and no Texas State player finished with more than 7 points in the contest.
Freshman forward Kavin Gilder-Tilbury and junior guard Victor Bermudez led Texas State with 7 points each, a career high for Bermudez.
Texas State dropped its second game of the season against UT-Arlington Saturday 69-62 when the Mavericks erased an 8-point Bobcat lead at halftime.
This marks the seventh straight game where Texas State has held a lead after the first half. The Bobcats are 2–5 in that span of games.
Texas State’s defense forced the Mavericks to shoot 30 percent in the first half. Senior forward Reid Koenen led the Bobcats with 8 points. Sophomore forward Emani Gant was right behind him with 7 points and 4 rebounds.
Mavericks guard Reger Dowell was held to 16 points off the bench in the first meeting between the two teams and looked to be the focus of the Texas State defense in the first half when he shot 0-4. Dowell scored 20 points in the second half on six of nine shots, including a 3-pointer that extended the Maverick lead to eight with 10 minutes to go in the game.
“(Arlington) came out and shot 7 of 10 from 3-point in the second half and shot better from the field,” said Rob Flaska, Texas State assistant coach. “I think that opened up the driving lanes because they were hitting shots. We know they have shooters, and you can’t give them room.”
Flaska said the loss to Louisiana at home a few weeks back was a mental detriment to the team’s morale.