Peacock's game-winner pushes Bobcats past Little Rock

Photo by Gerald Castillo

Texas State Men's Basketball

Alex Peacock grabbed the inbounds pass as 3.2 seconds remained in Saturday’s game with Texas State and Little Rock tied at 70-70. 

Peacock drove left, stepped back with his feet on the 3-point line and let a shot off before the buzzer sounded. The ball hit the rim and rattled in as time expired. It was the junior forward’s first-made field goal of the night, but it was his second-game winning shot in Sun Belt play. 

Texas State escaped with a 72-70 win over the Trojans to extend its winning streak to five games — The Bobcats first five-game winning streak since the 2010-2011 season. 

"I feel very fortunate that we got another win at the buzzer,” head coach Danny Kaspar said in a statement. “The good Lord must be looking down and shining down upon us. The kids played hard but we made crucial mistakes to let them back in at the end of the game. Alex Peacock hit a huge shot to win the game."

Texas State (12-7, 5-1 Sun Belt) and Little Rock (5-14, 2-4) battled throughout the night. The Bobcats appeared to be building a comfortable lead late in the opening half with a 28-20 advantage. But the Trojans fought their way back, and freshman guard Cameron Corcoran brought Little Rock to within 33-32 with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the first half. Texas State once against looked to pull away from the Trojans early in the second period. The Bobcats saw their lead swell to 43-36, but Little Rock stormed ahead with a 9-0 run to claim a 45-43 advantage. 

The Bobcats, however, seized momentum as they built a five-point lead three times in the final 3:52. But the Trojans made their final push with 27 seconds remaining. A slam-dunk from Little Rock redshirt junior forward Oliver Black capped off a 5-0 run and tied the game at 70-70. 

Peacock ended the game with his last-second shot to secure the two-game road sweep. 

Junior guard Tre Nottingham followed his career-high 17-point performance against Arkansas State on Thursday by scoring a team-high 14 points against Little Rock. Nottingham added six rebounds. 

Sophomore guard Nijal Pearson and senior forward Immanuel King tallied 12 points each. King added eight rebounds, while Pearson came down with seven boards. 
Freshman guard Shelby Adams notched 11 points for the Bobcats. 

Texas State returns to Strahan Coliseum on Thursday to take on Louisiana-Monroe (7-9, 1-4) at 7:30 p.m. The Bobcats’ contest against the Warhawks will be broadcast on San Antonio’s KCWX and will stream on ESPN3. 

 

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