Three takeways: Texas State ends losing streak, moves on in conference tournament

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Texas State Men's Basketball

Texas State ended its nine-game losing streak with a 73-66 win over Coastal Carolina in the opening round of the Sun Belt Championship tournament on Wednesday.

The Bobcats (15-17, 7-11 Sun Belt) move on to take on No. 1 seeded Louisiana (26-5, 16-2) on Friday inside Lakefront Arena in New Orleans.

Here are three takeaways from Texas State’s victory over the Chanticleers:

1.Bobcats receive strong efforts from Pearson, Terry and Blount.

Sophomore guard Nijal Pearson — Texas State’s leading scorer this season — finished with a team-high 20 points. He added eight rebound and four assists. 

Texas State also received strong performances from redshirt sophomore forward Eric Terry and senior guard Tyler Blount to help end the losing skid.

Terry put together a career effort off the bench by notching 16 points and five rebounds. Head coach Danny Kaspar has said previously that he’s needed better performances from his big men and Terry answered the call in the opening round of the Sun Belt tournament.

Alongside Terry’s career game, Blount found his groove from beyond the arc. The Bobcats didn’t have a strong day from 3 overall finishing with a 25.9 percentage, but Blount hit 4-of-5 from 3 and ended the day with 14 points.

Pearson, Terry and Blount's good games helped Texas State end its losing skid.

2.Texas State holds on late

Texas State held a comfortable 14-point lead with 8:11 remaining in the second half, but Coastal Carolina made a strong run late.

The Bobcats struggled down the stretch offensively by going 7:47 without scoring a field goal. The Chanticleers cut Texas State’s lead down to four points, but the Bobcats ended the field goal drought with a layup from Terry and pulled away.

3.Bobcats limit turnovers, perform well at free-throw line

Texas State limited its turnovers against the Chanticleers with 10.

The Bobcats and Coastal Carolina finished even in turnovers, but Texas State outscored its opponent in points off turnovers, 11-9. The Bobcats ability to hold onto the ball allowed them to build the comfortable lead, and helped them secure the win.

Texas State also had a strong day at the free-throw line. The Bobcats went 22-26 from the charity stripe. Texas State’s performance from the free throw line was key in snapping the losing streak.


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