Texas State extends winning streak with win over Red Wolves

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Texas State Men's Basketball

Tre Nottingham dazzled Thursday night with 17 points and five assists to lead the Bobcats to a 73-67 win over Arkansas State. 

The junior guard, who made his first start at point guard after starter Marlin Davis suffered a knee injury against South Alabama on Jan. 6, finished with a career-high in points. The victory over the Red Wolves extended Texas State’s winning streak to four games, which is the longest winning streak since the 2011-12 season. 

“This is a great win for our team,” head coach Danny Kaspar said. “I was especially impressed by Tre Nottingham’s performance filling in at the point guard spot in Marlin Davis’ absence,” Kaspar said in a statement. “Nijal Pearson played well with a double-double and Immanuel King did a good job as well. I am very happy for this team. We face some adversity, went on the road and got a victory on the road against a good opponent.” 

Texas State (11-7, 4-1 Sun Belt) battled throughout the night against Arkansas State (6-12, 1-4). The Bobcats escaped the opening half with a narrow 33-30 lead. 

The Red Wolves constantly made runs in the second half, and tied the game four times and even saw themselves ahead by two points. 

But Texas State pulled away building a 12-point lead midway through the second half. Arkansas State made a final push in the final minute narrowing the Bobcat advantage to 70-67. But Texas State secured the 73-67 win. 

Pearson notched 13 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season and fourth of his career.  King added 13 points and six rebounds. Texas State shot 51 percent from the field. Senior guard Tyler Blount tallied eight points. Sophomore forward Nedja Prijovic recorded six points. Texas State’ bench outscored Arkansas State, 20-13. 

The Bobcats returned to action against Little Rock (5-13, 2-3) on Saturday. 

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