Bobcats' losing streak continues with loss to Appalachian State

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Texas State Men's Basketball

The tide has turned on Texas State.

That’s what head coach Danny Kaspar told his team following Saturday’s 59-56 loss to Appalachian State (10-15, 5-7 Sun Belt) inside Strahan Coliseum.

It certainly appears so. The Bobcats (14-11, 7-5) saw themselves on a five-game winning streak early in Sun Belt play, but they’ve fallen on hard times after their third consecutive loss.

“The tide has turned, where we won a bunch of close games and now we’ve lost some games, and it’s very frustrating,” Kaspar said. “We shot 55 percent in the first half, 32 in the second. Somebody tell me what they saw differently, I didn’t really see a lot different. I saw a lot of the same defense, just we weren’t able to score.”

For the second straight game, Kaspar was critical on his two guards junior Tre Nottingham and sophomore Nijal Pearson. The duo scored 14 points on six shots out of 23. He also wasn’t content with senior forward Immanuel King’s performance — Two points and no rebounds

“Your big guns (Nottingham and Pearson) aren’t firing like they should,” Kaspar said. “And we didn’t rebound the ball well. I’m also not happy with Immanuel King — Foul trouble, no rebounds — just did not contribute anything. We didn’t get the kind of contribution, I should say, from three starters that I would hope.”

Texas State didn’t string together an exciting opening half. The Bobcats opened the game with a 4-0 lead, but Appalachian State took control of the game with 16:12 remaining in the first frame.

Texas State, however, finished the half strongly. The Bobcats went on an 8-0 run capped off by three free throws by junior forward Alex Peacock. Texas State took an 28-27 advantage into the intermission, which would normally be a good sign as the Bobcats came into the contest with a 13-2 record when leading at the half.

But Texas State couldn’t fend off Appalachian State. The Bobcats had a last-second opportunity to tie the game when senior guard Tyler Blount put up a buzzer-beating 3-pointer, but it clanked off the rim, and they lost 59-56.

The Bobcats have a week to prepare for their road matchup against UT Arlington. Texas State is fourth in the Sun Belt. But the Bobcats' road to securing a bye in the conference tournament has gotten more difficult after getting swept at home to Appalachian State and Coastal Carolina this week.

“We’ve got a tough road ahead of us,” Kaspar said. “We’ve got to go to Louisiana for two games, and we’ve got UTA. So, it is a very tough road. We needed these two games and we didn’t get them. Now, I’m not saying the kids didn’t play hard. I’m not saying that at all. We’re just not finishing and we’ve got do that.”

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