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Davion Sykes goes up for the dunk in the Bobcats last home against Ball State. Sykes captured his fourth double-double of the season in Texas State’s win against Georgia State.
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Bobcats capture crucial win over Georgia State

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

With the regular season coming to an end and the conference tournament just days away, Texas State brought home a critical road win as the Bobcats defeated the Georgia Southern Panthers 68-59.

The win improves Texas State’s overall record to 12-17 and their conference record to 5-11 to give both the Bobcats and Head Coach Terrence Johnson a opportunity to move out of a first round conference tournament game with the final two games of the regular season coming up this week.

“Another hard fought game that required the best version of ourselves at times,” Johnson said. “Credit goes to our guys for fighting and competing at the level in which we needed to in order to pull off the victory. This was a complete team effort and hopefully it gives us confidence moving forward.”

The first half was a competitive back and forth affair as neither team held a lead larger than five points.

With the Bobcats trailing 30-29, sophomore guard Jordan Mason hit a critical jumper with 37 seconds remaining in the half as Texas State took the lead 31-30 heading in to halftime.

Texas State opened up the second half on a 9-3 run capped off by both a three-pointer and a twopoint jumper from sophomore Coleton Benson as the Bobcats extended their lead to 40-33.

Texas State continued their unrelenting offensive pace and defensive effort as the Bobcats then push their lead 55-46 following a two-point jumper from sophomore Davion Sykes.

Disaster struck for the Bobcats as Texas State was unable to hit a single field goal for over six minutes to close out the game.

Fortunately for the Bobcats, Texas State was able to maintain their lead by getting to the free throw line and hitting their shots en route to the 68-59 win.

Sykes finished the game with his fourth career double-double scoring 14 points with ten rebounds.

Benson led the team in scoring with 17 points followed by Mason with 15 and junior forward Brandon Love with ten.

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