Bobcats bounce back with win against Pacific

Texas State Men's Basketball

Texas State rebounded from its Friday loss to Canisius with an 85-78 win over Pacific on Saturday during the Men Against Breast Cancer Showcase in Stockton, California. 

The Bobcats evened their record to 3-3 with a fiery shooting night. Texas State shot 61.7 percent from the field, which is the highest mark ever during head coach Danny Kaspar’s tenure. 

“This was a great bounce back win from a disappointing loss (Friday),” Kaspar said. “I was very proud of our players. However, we are still turning the ball over a little bit too much. I was glad to see so many players have good offensive games (Saturday night).”

Pacific held an early 4-2 lead but Texas State’s defense held the Tigers scoreless for the following 5:10. The Bobcats scored 13 points before Pacific could find the basket. Texas State held its largest lead of the opening half at 30-18. The Bobcats went into halftime with a 36-26 lead. 

Texas State extended its advantage to 45-30 with a 3-pointer from sophomore guard Nijal Pearson followed by three consecutive baskets from senior guard Tyler Blount. 

But Pacific answered with a 10-0 run to bring the deficit down to five points. But Texas State pulled away to secure the 85-78 win.

Pearson led the Bobcats by tying his career-high at 23 points. He converted on 9-of-14 from the field and hit 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. He recorded five rebounds and had two steals. 

Senior forward Immanuel King and junior guard Tre Nottingham tallied 13 points each. King’s 13 point-effort tied a career best, which was aided by sinking 5-of-5 from the field. Nottingham recorded a career-best as a Bobcat. 

Blount and redshirt sophomore forward Eric Terry recorded 12 points each. Junior forward Alex Peacock added eight points off the bench. 

The Bobcats sank 10-of-16 3-point attempts and went 17-of-20 from the free-throw line. Texas State outrebounded Pacific, 25-16. 

The Bobcats return to action against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday at 7 p.m. inside Strahan Coliseum.

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