Bobcats Beat Bearkats In Overtime

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SAN MARCOS – Domas Kvedys hit a layup with three seconds left to force overtime, but the Bobcats outscored Sam Houston 13-10 in extra time to give Texas State-San Marcos a 96-93 Southland Conference men’s basketball victory Saturday evening at Strahan Coliseum.

Brent Benson and Brandon Thomas hit a pair of three point baskets in the first minute and a half of the overtime to put the Bobcats up 88-83. Sam Houston State came no closer than three points the rest of the game.

The loss combined with Stephen F. Austin’s 71-49 victory at Texas-Arlington gave the Lumberjacks sole possession of first place in the Southland Conference West Division. Sam Houston State fell to 16-4 for the year and 4-3 in Southland Conference action. Texas State-San Marcos upped its season mark to 11-10 and the Bobcats stand 4-4 in the SLC.

Three Sam Houston State players – DeLuis Ramirez, John Gardiner, and Ashton Mitchell – fouled out of the contest. The game marked the fourth time Sam Houston has been forced into overtime. The Bearkats have won only one of the extra time games.

Texas State-San Marcos shot 43 percent from the field. In each of Sam Houston’s four losses this year, the Bearkat foes have hit better than 40 percent shooting field goals.

Kvedys had season highs with 13 points and seven rebounds off the bench for Gardiner.

Ryan Bright led the Kats with 16 points. Mitchell scored 14, Ramirez and Reggie Rawlins 12, and Shamir McDaniel 11. Bright pulled down 11 boards as Sam Houston out-rebounded the Bobcats 48-46.

Sam Houston led by as many as 10 points in the first half and were up by seven at intermission. But, with Gardiner in foul trouble in the second period, the Bobcats came back in the early minutes of the second half with a 9-2 run to take a four-point lead.

Reggie Rawlins scored on a layup with 3:30 to play to put the Bearkats up 76-75 and Jeremy Thomas tied the game 79-79 with a field goal with 2:30 left.

Texas State-San Marcos went up 82-80 with a minute left on a Corey Jefferson three point basket. After the two teams exchanged free throws, Kvedy’s follow tied the contest 83-83 at the end of regulation.