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Texas State upside down Cal, 59-55

Lars Thiemann via @calmbball on Twitter

Early on, the Texas State Bobcats deployed a full court press, a trap-style defense that sent the California Golden Bears into a chump. Devin Askew would be called up with a 10-second injury and would be forced to take a timeout within the first four minutes of the game, a signal of the Bears’ lack of preparation for the Bobcats defense.

Texas State lost to Washington State in Pullman with a final score of 83-61 but had a solid road win in Rhode Island and a hard-fought loss at UTSA. Cal had lost to UC San Diego and Southern in recent games, and the Sun Belt-represented Bobcats refused to give the Bears a break.

In that game, the Bears improved their three-point defense and forced the Bobcats to 5-19 (26%) from across the arc, a distant margin from UC San Diego and Southern. However, Tyrel Morgan was relentless for the Bobcats and wreaked havoc on the offensive glass by scoring 9 points and 9 boards, four of which were on the offensive glass. Mason Harrell led the offensive tackle at half court for Texas State, scoring 21 points on 6-15 shooting and 7-7 from the free throw line. His composure was on full display as he, Morgan and Tuongthach Gatkek led the charge at Haas Pavilion.

Cal waited too long to wake from her slumber. I won’t get into the point. They aren’t talented enough or trained enough to afford to dig into holes like this (Texas State once led by 11). Yes, the depth of protection is basically zero right now. Mark Fox said Jarred Hyder is now out for the year, in addition to Jalen Celestine out with surgery, Marsalis Roberson in a boot but sometimes the dominoes just fall like that. You need to maximize what you have, and that’s not happening right now. With 8 seconds left, Mark Fox pulled out a baseball pass as the Bears were down by three. You don’t have to do this. Needless to say, it didn’t work and the Bears lost the game.

Devin Askew had 17 points and 6 rebounds for the Bears while Lars Thiemann had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Monty Bowser was a bright spot, taking 9 points off the bench with three threes. Texas State committed just 7 turnovers while Cal had 16. The Bobcats had 14 offensive rebounds and for a team so much smaller than them, that’s unacceptable for the Bears. Tyrel Morgan was the Bobcats MVP, but at some point you just have to put a body on a body.

The epitome of brutality via @905kar and @jonrothstein on Twitter

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