Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Pullman, Wash.)
|MBB visits TXST in road finale|
Game 28: Idaho (10-17, 5-11) at Texas State (9-19, 4-11)
When: Saturday, March 2 ( Noon PT)
Where: Strahan Coliseum, San Marcos, Texas
Radio: Vandal Radio Network/VandalXtra
Online Video: www.txstatebobcats.com
Live Stats: www.txstatebobcats.com
A Look at Texas State:
The Bobcats are coming off a 67-65 victory over Seattle University last Thursday. The victory was the second in a row after a Bracketbuster win over Lamar snapped a five-game skid. Key in the decision were double-digit scoring efforts by four players – 16 from both Joel Wright and Deonte` Jones along with 14 from Matt Staff and 12 from Reid Koenen. Wright is Texas State’s leading scorer (17.5) and rebounder (6.7) on the season, while Staff is the only other player with a double-digit scoring average at 11.0.
Texas State Head Coach Doug Davalos:
Doug Davalos is in his seventh season as head coach at Texas State and 11th year overall as a collegiate head coach. He’s 161-155 in his coaching career and 89-120 with the Bobcats. The team has been among the nation’s scoring leaders during his tenure. He led the team to a share of the Southland Conference West Division title in 2011. Before his time at TXST, he led Sul Ross State (Texas) to a 72-35 record and three conference titles from 2002-06.
The Vandals had a solid half at San Antonio Thursday but lot their momentum in the second half and only managed 16 points to 36 for the Roadrunners in falling 75-56. Idaho’s second-half shooting percentage dipped to 24 percent after a sizzling 53.3 in the first 20 minutes. Kyle Barone added another double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Two other players – Mike McChristian (19) and Connor Hill (10), reached double digits but the bench failed to provide a single point.
Vandals vs. Bobcats
Idaho shot 48 percent in the first meeting between the schools on Jan. 19, 2013 but the Vandals couldn’t contain Joel Wright, who struck for 37 points and pulled down seven rebounds in the Bobcats’ victory at the Cowan Spectrum.
Finding the Touch
Junior Stephen Madison was a 38-percent shooter from 3-point range coming into the 2012-13 season. On Feb. 14 against UT Arlington, Madison showed that he hasn’t lost the touch with a school-record-tying 5-of-5 performance from long range. His 3-point effort on Feb. 14 matched a 23-year-old school record for single-game 3-point percentage held by Mauro Gomes, who also went 5-of-5 from long range on Jan. 21, 1989, against Weber State.
Speaking of Madison, he forced seven turnovers on Feb. 14 against UT Arlington. He snatched a career-high and team season-high four steals in the game and also stepped in and drew three charges in the game - also a career high for him in a single game. Madison leads the team with six charges drawn this season.
The Most Versatile Big Man
Senior center Kyle Barone became the most balanced post player all-time at Idaho on Jan. 26 against UTSA. With 1,361 points, 838 rebounds, 139 assists and 121 blocks, Barone is the first Vandal player to reach at least 1,000 career points, 750 career rebounds, 100 career assists and 100 career blocks. He was just the fifth active NCAA Division I player to reach that standard this season.
WAC Long-Range Leader
He’s just a sophomore, but guard Connor Hill has no hesitation to take big shots - and make them. He leads the WAC in 3-pointers made per game (2.74) and in 3-point percentage (.440) this season. That percentage is good for a tie for seventh in the NCAA so far this season and is the best in the nation among Division I sophomores. The only time a WAC player led the league in both 3-point percentage and in total 3-point field goals made was 2007-08, when Jaycee Carroll (Utah State) made 114 long-range shots with a .498 percentage, but Carroll did not lead the league in 3-pointers made per game like Hill is in 2012-13.