Texas State plays with a high level of respect when it compares with Little Rock.

The Trojans are the reigning Sun Belt regular season champs. They were the No. 1 seed in the conference competition last season prior to the league suspended play. They lineup three Preseason All-Sun Belt selections and are coached by somebody who’s dipped into the greatest level of the sport.

There’s a slim margin of error if a team is going to beat Little Rock. Yet, the Bobcats have actually done it three times this year, the most recent being a 57-47 triumph inside Strahan Arena on Friday.

” We understand that that’s the bar that we’re attempting to reach,” interim head coach Terrence Johnson stated. “We attempt to address everyone the very same. We do. Certainly, it’s tough to do that every time out. But certainly, against Little Rock, I would just state, if I have to put it in one word, I would say ‘regard.'”.

However it’s not just regard for the Trojans that makes Texas State (12-6, 6-3 Sun Belt) so effective against Little Rock (10-8, 6-5). It’s regard for each other, too.

The visitors opened the game developing a 12-6 lead by the 14:54 mark of the very first half. The maroon and gold responded with a 23-4 run to leap in front by 13.

The Bobcats didn’t care who scored the ball on Friday– of the 9 players that saw the court, 8 scored points for the team. The one that didn’t, redshirt senior guard Marlin Davis, finished the night with a game-high five helps.

” From a coach’s standpoint. I do not know if you might ask for more concerning the term ‘total group effort.’ I thought our guys were secured and focused from start to complete,” Johnson said. “I think their approach to the game was of the understanding that everything matters. That’s been the important things that we have actually been preaching the most over the last 7, six days or so.”.

The Trojans began pressing in the 2nd half and capitalized on some of the hosts’ errors. Texas State committed nine turnovers in the duration after providing up just 3 in the first half.

However the Bobcats stifled Little Rock on defense, too, keeping the team at 34.8% shooting from the floor in the half. The visitors cut the deficit to 10 several times in the second, but never ever ascertained to single digits, ending the video game with the 57-47 loss.

” I’m incredibly happy with them,” Johnson said. “I make certain there are things that we can get better at, and we’ll see movie. However for now, I’m simply going to take pride in my team.”.

Redshirt junior forward Alonzo Sule led the team with 10 points, followed by senior forward Isiah Small and junior guards Mason Harrell and Caleb Asberry with nine each. Senior guard Shelby Adams scored another seven and grabbed a team-high 6 rebounds.

Texas State and the Trojans go back to Strahan Arena for the last game of the season series on Saturday at 4 p.m. Johnson expects more of the very same from his players.

” I think it’s going to take a very similar effort in tomorrow’s game,” Johnson stated. “Especially on the defensive end and on the rebounding, winning 50/50 balls and actually causing havoc by getting deflections.”.