Peacock’s ‘tremendous game’ leads Bobcats to win against Islanders

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Staring at the stat sheet after Texas State’s 66-53 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Alex Peacock jokingly said it hurt to look at his final line.

The junior forward finished Wednesday night with 21 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. “If it was 21(points), eight (rebounds), eight (assists), I’d be okay but 21,nine and nine that’s too close to a triple double,” Peacock said.

Peacock was the lone Bobcat in double-figures pacing Texas State in points, rebounds and assists.

“I think Alex Peacock had one of the best games any of my players have had in my five years, four and half years, here (at Texas State),” head coach Danny Kaspar said. “Alex played a tremendous game.”

Texas State’s offense struggled early against the Islanders. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi jumped out to a 9-5 lead, but the Bobcat offense fought back to even the score at 9-9.

Texas State built a seven-point advantage twice at 18-11 and 20-13. The Bobcats saw their lead swell to 17 and exited the first half with a 33-16 advantage.

Texas State used its momentum gained in the first half to take a 20-point lead in the second half. But Texas A&M-Corpus Christi responded by slowly whittling the Bobcat advantage down to nine points at 49-58. Texas State, however, pulled away to secure the 66-53 victory over the Islanders.

Sophomore guard Nijal Pearson said Wednesday’s result was what the Bobcats were supposed to do.

“We’re happy about it but we need to string together some wins,” said Pearson, who finished with eight points and eight rebounds. “I feel like we’ve lost a few games that we should have won. So, it’s time to start winning.”

Kaspar said he was happy with his defense, which forced 14 turnovers and recorded 17 rebounds, but didn’t like how some of his players played Wednesday.

“I think we allowed (the Islanders) to score not so much on poor defense but more on turnovers on bad shots,” Kaspar said. “And so, I’m not happy about some people coming into the game and looking like they’re playing for stats. That did not make me happy. But I’m happy about the defense that was displayed tonight, the rebounding.”

Peacock added that Texas State’s defense is what allowed it to win the game.

“The defense is what got us going because I know we started out the first nine minutes they had nine points and then at the end of the half they had 16, so you know the defense is what kept us going even if we didn’t have a great offensive night,” junior forward Alex Peacock said.

And when asked about his near-triple-double performance, Peacock laughingly said everything was going right for him.

“The shot was falling,” Peacock said. “Passing to my teammates, they were making shots that’s how you get nine assists. Rebounds are about being tough and I pride myself in being a tough guy and grabbing rebounds. I think I had more than nine but it happens.”

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