Men’s basketball dropped two games to Texas State to close out their season after winning three of their last four. The Warhawks hope to fix their mistakes before the conference championship tournament next weekend.
Rebounding has been one of the most lackluster areas of play for the Warhawks all season. Over these two games, that trend would reappear. Through two games, Texas State won the rebounding battle 65-51.
The lack of rebounds kept ULM out of contention for the entire first game. Texas State started out strong and ULM was never able to tie or take the lead, as the Bobcats cruised to a 58-49 win.
Their second meeting in this series had six ties and five lead changes.
Ultimately the Warhawks would fall 61-57.
Texas State shot a lowly 3-10 from three in the first half, but they would come out after halftime and make four of five to re-establish their lead.
ULM made six of their 18 threes in the first half, but they shot two for nine in the second half.
Josh Nicholas would be the lone Warhawk to score in double digits in both games. He recorded 10 points and three takeaways coming off the bench and would score 17 points as a starter the next night.
Nicholas proved he is the team’s premier scorer with his high shooting percentages.
The Warhawks have been giving their younger bigs more play time as of late. Sophomore Luke Phillips and freshman Thomas
Howell have seen a spike in minutes while the 7’1” senior Chris Efretuei has had his minutes limited and was removed from the starting lineup after Friday’s competition.
Texas State will finish their season as one of the Sun Belt’s more successful teams.
While the record looks abysmal, the Warhawks have played close with most of the teams in the conference. With the tournament on the horizon, ULM has the potential to force an upset in the early rounds.
An automatic bid to March Madness goes to the winner, and this could bring out the best in every Warhawk.