Texas State falls to ACU despite King's career-performance

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Texas State Men's Basketball

Immanuel King notched his first career double-double Saturday but Texas State couldn’t cash in on the senior forward’s performance against Abilene Christian. The Bobcats fell to the Wildcats, 72-68, inside Moody Coliseum in Abilene. 

“I was proud of the effort the guys gave (Saturday). We had a couple of opportunities where we missed shots and didn’t make stops at the end,” said head coach Danny Kaspar, whose team is 5-5 after the loss. “I think we played much better this weekend than we did last weekend in Houston. We lost a hard fought game to a very good Abilene Christian team that has beaten Air Force, Bowling Green and Campbell on the road.” 

Texas State started Saturday’s game in a strong fashion. The Bobcats went on a 10-0 run early in the contest, which gave them a 14-5 advantage. The run began with a jumper from senior guard Tyler Blount, while King tallied six points during the stretch. 

But ACU fought back behind a dominant outing from redshirt sophomore center Jalone Friday, who amassed 22 points and six rebounds Saturday. A jumper inside from Friday cut the Texas State advantage down to 15-13 with 16:25 left in the opening half. 

Sophomore forward Nedja Prijovic recorded six straight points to stretch the Bobcat lead out to 22-13. Texas State saw its lead swell to 32-19 with 4:32 left in the first frame. But the Wildcats cut the deficit down to 35-27 before intermission. 

The Bobcats held an 11-point lead three times in the second half but the Wildcats went on a 14-3 run to even the game at 47-47.

ACU and Texas State battled back-and-forth, but the Wildcats took control when they raced out to a 65-58 advantage late in the second half. 

The Bobcats cut the ACU lead down to 69-68 with 50 seconds remaining when Prijovic knocked down a 3-pointer. But Texas State couldn’t complete the rally. 

King led the Bobcats with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Prijovic recorded 13 points. Blount and sophomore guard Nijal Pearson added 11 points each. 

Texas State outshot ACU with a 45.4 shooting percentage from the field and a 37.5 3-point percentage. The Bobcats also outrebounded the Wildcats, 36-33. But turnovers hurt Texas State. The Bobcats turned the ball over 11 times, which led to nine ACU points. 

Texas State returns to action against Colorado State on Sunday at 4 p.m. in Fort Collins, Colorado.  

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