Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Late Tuesday night: two tourney game reports + more

The Texas State - Seattle matchup featured a team scoring 90 points in it's last game versus one that played damn near everyone close in conference play. What came to be is a 68-56 victory for the Bobcats as forward Joel Wright shot 7-12 from the floor and 12-14 from the foul line to finish with 26 points. He also just missed a double-double by grabbed nine rebounds. Frontcourt teammate Matt Staff scored 13 points on 6-13 shooting and blocked a pair of shots. Overall, Coach Doug Davalos' squad shot 22-44 and 22-26 from the charity stripe while pilfering 11 steals and committing just 13 turnovers.

For the Redhawks, guard Prince Obasi posted a double-double of 13 points and 10 boards while forward Deshaun Sunderhaus led with 15 points but was accurate on just 3-11 from the floor. Coach Cameron Dollar's guys were 19-56 in overall shooting, 13-16 at the foul line but had 19 turnovers and just five steals.

Texas State won both 20 minutes, 36-28 and 32-38 and also came out ahead 12-2 on fast break points.

Tyler Mayforth live-tweeted the game.

Here's Texas State Sports at halftime.

Bobcat athletics and Redhawk athletics game report.

Texas State now plays Denver on Thursday.


Completing the night's action, San Jose State University and Texas San Antonio faced off in the second game and the Roadrunners grabbed a 67-49 win. A 28-16 halftime lead blossomed into a larger advantage in the second half for Coach Brooks Thompson's team which shot 1-11 from three-point range but 50% overall.

Thompson shortened his rotation and received solid shooting efforts from forward Jeromie Hill (21 points, 8-15 accuracy, plus 10 rebounds) and guard Kannon Burrage (20 points, 8/14 shooting) plus, of all players, forward Edrico McGregor who was a perfect 7-7 on his way to 14 points (he entered the game averaging 3.8 points a contest in WAC play). Michael Hale III (4-13) was off target and contributed 10 points. A big differential for the Roadrunners was a 44-28 in-the-paint points supremacy.

For the Spartans, backcourter LaVanne Pennington led with 21 points although 1-9 long distance shooting marred his closer-in accuracy. Forward Chris Cunningham added 12 points and nine boards, just missing a double-double. Pennington's seven rebounds is also deserving of mention. Overall, SJSU shot 18-56, 2-21 from outside. A 3-18 shooting start was impossible to overcome.

Roadrunner athletics and Jerry Briggs game report.

Texas San Antonio now plays Louisiana Tech on Thursday.


In non-game items:

Jeff Goodman checks the tenure temperature of each WAC coach.


Jason Groves provides his thoughts on the WAC tourney matchups.


Timothy R. Olsen digs into whether Texas Arlington's two wins over USU this season truly marks them as the better team.


Shawn Harrison writes about the 'new season' for the Logan-ites.


Paul Klee makes the case for Denver and others to be included in the Big Dance regardless of winning a conference tournament, plus he offers suggestions for new voices at the selection table.

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