SAN MARCOS – For the first few weeks of the new basketball season, Strahan Coliseum hadn’t felt much like home for the road weary Bobcats.
Forced to compete on the road in their first four games – due to construction in progress around their home arena – Texas State arrived early ahead of their home opener with Fresno State to reacquaint themselves with their home arena.
After a sloppy first quarter spent readjusting to the court in their runaway 76-59 runaway win over the Bulldogs, Texas State opened up a 20-10 first period lead after Toshua Leavitt and Brooke Holle each connected on a pair of three-pointers from the right wing.
Fresno State (1-4) used a 7-0 run to get within three, but Te’ara Pitts’ three-point play and a driving lay-up by Leavitt would key another spirited 11-0 run that would push Texas State to a comfortable 38-26 at the break.
“It’s always great to win at home in front of our fans especially after starting the season on the road for the first few weeks.” Texas State head coach Zenarae Antoine said. “We made some mistakes today but most of them came from using different lineups and combinations. It is something we will address in practice.”
Texas State’s game high 20 turnovers overshadowed an otherwise explosive offensive performance from Leavitt, who poured in a career high 28 points on 9-of-16 shooting in the win.
Senior Taeler Deer chipped in 13 with Zelor Massaqoui and Chania Wright scoring ten points each.
Candace White scored 20 points to lead the Bulldogs.
It was the first of a four game homestand for The Bobcats, who will face Houston, Prairie View A&M and rival UTSA over the next ten days.