Second half haunts A-State Men in loss to Texas State

VIDEO: A-State falls to Texas State

JONESBORO, AR (A-STATE) – Texas State used a 20-7 run in the second half to down the Arkansas State men's basketball team 71-60 Thursday night at the Convocation Center.

The loss drops A-State to 11-17 on the season and 7-10 in conference play, the sixth-straight loss for the Red Wolves. Texas State, winners of two-straight, improves to 12-13 overall and 6-10 in Sun Belt action.

Anthony Livingston posted his 28th career double-double with 19 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Devin Carter finished with 10 points, the only other A-State player to reach double figures. Four players, all starters, reached double figures for the Bobcats led by 21 points from Emani Gant. Cameron Naylor narrowly missed a double-double, posting 14 points and nine rebounds.

"That was an uninspired performance by our team," said A-State head coach John Brady. "That was a poorly coached team that I saw tonight. We didn't play with any inspiration considering what was on the line. This is on me. It was 71-60 and we're fortunate we didn't get beat by 25. We shoot 27 percent in the second half and allow them to shoot 47 percent. We didn't guard it or get rebounds like we need to. We were just an uninspired group and that's why we lost to a team. We gave an uninspired effort."

Tied at 31 out of the halftime break, A-State and Texas State traded buckets to see the Bobcats leading 42-40 with 12:01 remaining. Texas State broke the game open with a 20-7 run to build their largest lead of the night, 62-47, with 5:26 left.

The Bobcats hit 4-for-8 (50 percent) from long range in the second half after knocking down just 1-of-9 in the first half (11 percent). Texas State also dominated the paint in the second half, outscoring the Red Wolves 14-4, and shot 47 percent (14-30) from the field.

After falling behind by 15 with five minutes left, the Red Wolves were able to trim the deficit to nine, 62-53, with 4:25 remaining. A-State chipped away at the lead with Frederic Dure converting a pair of free throws and knocking down a 3-pointer from the corner.

Nine points would be as close as the Red Wolves could get though as the two teams traded buckets down the stretch. A-State went to the charity stripe 20 times in the second half, knocking down 15-of-20 (75.0 percent), but went only 6-for-22 (27.3 percent) from the floor, including 2-for-6 (33.3 percent) from beyond the arc.

Neither team was able to build a lead of more than five points in the first half as the two teams were tied five times and the lead changed five times. Texas State scored the first four points of the game, but A-State scored the next five to quickly erase the early deficit. The Red Wolves largest lead came with 2:14 left in the first half, 29-24, with the help of a 6-2 run. The Bobcats used a 7-2 run at the end of the half to send the game to intermission tied at 31.

A-State finished the night shooting 31.7 percent (19-60) from the floor and 29.4 percent (5-17) from 3-point range. Texas State finished 43.8 percent (28-64) from the field and 29.4 percent (5-17) from beyond the arc and held a 42-39 edge on the boards.

The Red Wolves committed nine turnovers on the night, but seven second half miscues led to 12 points off turnovers for the Bobcats. A-State finished the night shooting 73.9 percent (17-23) at the charity stripe while Texas State was 10-for-12 (83.3 percent)

The Red Wolves host Senior Day on Saturday at 7 p.m. against UT Arlington.