Texas State falls to Chanticleers

Photo by Gerald Castillo

Texas State Men's Basketball

Thursday night was another tough night at the office for Texas State. 

The Bobcats, who have grown accustomed to grinding out games with low scoring and strong defense, saw themselves on the wrong side of an overtime affair in front of 2,278 Texas State faithful inside Strahan Coliseum. 

Coastal Carolina junior guard Jaylen Shaw drove to the basket with seconds remaining in the extra period and the game tied at 52-52. Shaw dumped a pass inside to senior forward Demario Beck, who put in the game-winning lay-up to hand Texas State a 54-52 loss. 

“It’s hard for me to explain,” head coach Danny Kaspar said. “I’ve done this in my 25 years many times, we just didn’t look like we were in sync (Thursday night), and give some credit to (Coastal Carolina) because they had some changing defenses. But I think it’s more us than it is them. I really do.”

Texas State (14-10, 7-4 Sun Belt) and Coastal Carolina (11-13, 5-6) put together an ugly showing Thursday. The Chanticleers shot 34 percent, while the Bobcats were held to 33 percent. 

The Bobcats began the game with back-to-back 3-pointer from junior forward Alex Peacock and senior guard Tyler Blount. But Texas State only hit three more shots from beyond-the-arc to finish 5-of-25. 

Meanwhile, the Bobcats only hit 17 out of 51 shots Thursday. Kaspar was disappointed in sophomore guard Nijal Pearson and junior guard Tre Nottingham’s performance against the Chanticleers. The duo recorded 22 points and went 6-24 from the field with five turnovers. 

“You can’t have that and win,” Kaspar said. “If we would’ve been on the road playing like this, we would’ve got beat by 10, 15. Not a very pretty sight (Thursday night) other than I do think they gave me some effort.” 

Texas State went into the half trailing Coastal Carolina, 24-23 - An omen of the result awaiting the Bobcats as they entered the game 0-7 when down at the intermission. 

Both teams fought back-and-forth in the second half. Texas State trailed the Chanticleers, 47-44, with 2:34 remaining in regulation. But a lay-up by Nottingham forced overtime when he evened the game even at 49-49. 

Pearson tied the game at 52-52 with a minute left in overtime. The Bobcats had an opportunity to take a late lead, but Peacock was caught traveling after Texas State’s play broke down. 

Beck hit the late-overtime lay-up, and Texas State dropped its second straight game. 

Coastal Carolina’s defense gave the Bobcats trouble throughout the night. 

“Late in the game, they were switching a bunch of different things like I know they started watching more on Nijal (Pearson), him and Tyler (Blount),” Peacock said. “They were just throwing a lot of different stuff to kind of throw us off our rhythm.”

Following the loss, Kaspar said he’s concerned that his team plays better on road, but Pearson isn’t convinced the Bobcats are better away from Strahan Coliseum. 

“I’m not going to say we play better on the road, or worse at home, it was just one of them nights,” Pearson said. “What can you do? 17-of-51 (shooting). We didn’t make a 3 in the second half. I mean you guys were watching the game, you saw how many open 3s we shot. See how many went in (Thursday night).” 

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