Austin, TX – Texas State didn’t travel very far to square off against University of Texas in this Central Texas battle. Texas State was looking for the upset to break their 27-game losing streak against the Longhorns. However, Texas State couldn’t hold on as they lost to Texas 77-58. While the score seemed like a blowout. Texas State made this a very competitive game until the 10-minute mark of the second half.
Within the first 10 minutes of the game, thanks to Max Abmas’s three-point shooting, Kadin Shedrick’s rebounding, and Dillion Mitchell’s lock down defense, Texas took an early 25-4 lead eight minutes into the game. While it seemed that the Longhorns would cruise to an easy win. Texas State fought back and closed the gap to 36–26 at the half.
At this point. The Bobcats played scrappy defense and the Longhorns stopped playing their normal brand of switch heavy and off ball screen offense and started shooting early and inefficient shots. This allowed the Bobcats to make this a competitive game. Once the 10-minute mark hit, Abmas decided to take over and scored 13 of his 26 points in that frame to put the Bobcats away.
Max Abmas scored his season best 26 points and has absolutely caught fire on the 3-point line. Over the last 3 games, he has made 10-of-23 three-pointers (43%). The transfer from Oral Roberts’ playmaking was also on full display with six assists. Abmas is proving that he can light it up regardless of what team he plays for. It wasn’t just his shooting, but his difficult shot-making was vital for Texas to win tonight.
While Abmas was the star of the night Texas would not have won the game without the defensive presence of Dillon Mitchell. Mitchell had a complete game. He ended the night with 11 points, 11 rebounds, one steal, and four blocks. He was the equivalent of a human wrecking ball. While you wish with all the physical tools that Mitchell has that he could develop more of an offensive game, it’s simply fun to watch him make such an impact without the ball in his hands.
The other Texas transfer player. Kadin Shedrick dominated the glass and the defensive end of the floor. He finished the night with 11 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks. However, the Bobcats had a game plan for him and trapped him every time he touched the ball and Shedrick really struggled finding his offense tonight. He had four turnovers and they were all when he got the ball in the post. He will need to learn how to play against players that are stronger than him or this will be a weakness that other teams will exploit through the season.
For Texas State, Brandon Love was a major surprise in this game. He finished the night with 14 points, five rebounds, three steals and two blocks. His assignment was Shedrick and he was the main reason Shedrick had an off night offensively. While shooting 6-of-14 from the floor. Love clearly dominated the paint. His effort along with Dylan Dawson’s 15-point game were the reasons that Texas State was able to make this a game while battling a clearly superior opponent.
The Longhorns had an off night. They are lucky that Abmas was able to shoot them to a win. Even though they had five players score in double figures Texas was wildly inefficient and didn’t let the game come to them until the final 10 minutes. It seemed they didn’t play their brand of basketball tonight. They still won the game though which can’t be forgotten. The Longhorns have a lot of film to learn from and they will need bring their best as they play against No. 3-ranked Marquette on their home turf December 6th. Shaka Smart probably has been circling this game on his calendar after his tumultuous exit as the former Longhorns head coach.