Bobcats fall short against UT Arlington

Photo by Gerald Castillo

Texas State Men's Basketball

It was the perfect play without the perfect ending.

Texas State junior forward Alex Peacock worked around a screen set by sophomore guard Nijal Pearson with 1.8 seconds remaining in regulation and the Bobcats tied with UT Arlington at 66-66.

Junior guard Tre Nottingham lobbed the inbounds pass to an open Peacock who put up a wide-open shot next to the bucket. But Peacock’s shot rattled off the rim and the game went into overtime.

Both teams traded buckets early in the extra period, but the Mavericks pulled away to hand Texas State a 70-68 loss inside College Park Center in Arlington.

"This was a very tough loss to swallow,” head coach Danny Kaspar said in a statement. “We had a chance to win the game but we just didn't complete the play. I am proud of how hard the guys fought. We came into a tough place to win in and gave them tough battle. I am concerned how four straight close losses will affect our team, but I am hoping we will bounce back."

Texas State (14-12, 7-6 Sun Belt) controlled the first half of Saturday’s contest against UTA (16-10, 7-6). The Bobcats took the lead with 19:20 and held onto it throughout the opening frame. They saw their advantage swell to 24-15, but UTA whittled the score down to 35-32 at the half.

The Mavericks evened the game at 47-47 with over 14 minutes left in regulation, but Texas State pushed its lead back out to six points twice.

UTA fought back and took the lead at 57-55. Both teams battled back and forth late in regulation. With the game knotted at 66, Peacock had a chance to knock down a game-winning buzzer beater, but the shot wouldn’t fall.

Texas State never regained the lead in overtime, and UTA handed the Bobcats their fourth straight loss and fifth in six games.

The Bobcats squandered a 24-point performance from Nottingham, and an 18-point game from Pearson. Meanwhile, the Mavericks took advantage of senior forward Kevin Hervey’s 33 points and senior guard Erick Neal’s 17 points.

Texas State’s schedule doesn’t get any easier. The Bobcats will look to end their four-game losing skid against Louisiana (21-4, 11-1), who handed Texas State an 80-55 loss in San Marcos, on Thursday at 7:15 p.m. inside the Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana.

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