Bobcats escape with win over Georgia Southern

Photo by Gerald Castillo

Texas State Men's Basketball

With the game tied at 61-61, Texas State junior guard Tre Nottingham dribbled and took a deep breath. He dribbled once more, and sank the second of two free throws to give the Bobcats a 62-61 advantage with 3.7 seconds remaining in Thursday’s game against Georgia Southern.

After taking a timeout, the Eagles raced down the court but junior guard Tookie Brown’s 3-point heave fell off the rim and Texas State escaped with the win inside Hanner Fieldhouse in Statesboro, Georgia.

"This was a great win for us on the road against a very good team. I am very proud of the guys, how they fought back after the humbling feat [sic] on Saturday (against Louisiana)," head coach Danny Kaspar said in a statement. "Not many people come in here and beat Georgia Southern on their home floor. This has to got to be a win for the book as far as Texas State men's basketball is concerned."

Sophomore guard Nijal Pearson, who scored a season-low four points against the Ragin’ Cajuns, put together a strong performance against Georgia Southern. The Beaumont native tallied 22 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Nottingham added 12 points and four rebounds.

Texas State (14-8, 7-2 Sun Belt) began Thursday’s game against the Eagles (14-7, 5-3) in furious fashion. The Bobcats jumped out to a 20-6 lead behind two 3-pointers from Nottingham and a 3-pointer from Pearson and senior guard Tyler Blount.

Georgia Southern, however, used a dominating first-half performance from Brown, who recorded 19 points in the opening period, to cut Texas State’s lead down 35-32 at halftime.

The Eagles found their groove in the second half and took the lead at 40-38. Georgia Southern pushed their advantage out to 49-41, but Texas State battled back.

Trailing the Eagles 60-55 with 3:01 remaining, Pearson cut into the deficit with a 3-pointer, and Nottingham evened the score with a lay-up.

Both teams splits free throws to even the contest at 61-61. Nottingham sealed the game by sinking a free throw with under four seconds remaining.

Texas State took sole possession of second place in the conference with the victory. The Bobcats also notched their fourth straight Sun Belt road victory, which is the first time they’ve won four consecutive conference games since Feb. 23, 2002.

Texas State continues its road trip on Saturday against Georgia State (15-6, 6-2) at 1:15 p.m.

 

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