Bobcats can’t rally from halftime deficit, fall to Colorado State

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Texas State Men's Basketball

Texas State couldn’t rally from an 11-point halftime deficit against Colorado State and fell to the Rams, 66-58.

Sunday’s result is the second consecutive road loss and drops the Bobcats’ record to 5-6. 

“We let this game get away from us in the first half. Our kids put up a valiant effort in the second half. We just did a couple of things that weren’t very smart at the end,” head coach Danny Kaspar said in a statement. “Our big men have to come and be more of an offensive threat for us. We got nothing (Sunday) and that was probably the difference in the game.”

Texas State, however, jumped out in front of Colorado State early in Sunday’s contest. Sophomore guard Nijal Pearson gave the Bobcats a 12-9 lead when he converted an And-1 opportunity. Texas State held onto a three-point lead with 3-pointers from senior guard Deris Duncan and Pearson. 

The Bobcats saw their lead swell to 22-17 - their largest lead of the contest - but the Rams staged a furious rally. Colorado State’s offense came alive in the final 9:32 of the opening half. The Rams outscored Texas State 25-9 to end the half with a 42-31 lead. 

But the Bobcat defense stiffened to start the second half. Meanwhile Texas State’s offense found a rhythm to go on a 9-2 run and cut the deficit down to 46-42. 

Colorado State, however, fought back to stretch their lead back out to nine points. But Texas State went on a quick 6-0 run to cut the Ram advantage to 61-58. A 3-pointer from Colorado State’s Anthony Bonner was the dagger ending Texas State’s comeback hopes. 

Pearson was the Bobcats’ leading scorer with 14 points. Junior forward Alex Peacock added 13 points. Junior guard Isaiah Gurley added 10 points off the bench. 

Texas State’s offense struggled overall. The Bobcats shot 37.8 percent from the field and converted 18-of-26 shots from the free throw line. 

Texas State returns to Strahan Coliseum on Tuesday against Ecclesia College at 7 p.m. 

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