Three Takeaways: Peacock, King lead Bobcats to win over South Alabama

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Texas State Men's Basketball

Texas State defeated South Alabama, 72-69, on Thursday to improve to 2-1 in Sun Belt competition.

Here are three takeaways from Texas State’s win over South Alabama:

1.King, Peacock give State a boost

The Bobcats received strong outings from junior forward Alex Peacock and senior forward Immanuel King against the Jaguars

Peacock knocked down four 3-pointers during Thursday’s game, while King was a strong presence inside the paint. King tallied 16 points, which was a new career-high, and had six rebounds. Peacock led the Bobcats with 18 points. He also added six rebounds.

Thursday’s outing was Peacock’s strongest outing since he nearly put up a triple-double against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Nov. 29 with 21 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Peacock’s final bucket with 26 seconds in regulation sealed the game for the Bobcats.

2. Bobcats finish first half strong

Texas State built a 15-point lead in the opening half. But the Jaguars rallied as the Bobcat offense went cold late in the first period.

South Alabama cut Texas State’s advantage down to four points twice. Texas State, however, finished the half strong behind Nijal Pearson.

The sophomore guard found himself with two fouls early during the first half, but his presence was key in the final two minutes. Pearson scored all seven of his opening-half points in the final 1:38.

Texas State finished the first half on a 7-0 run to take a 41-30 advantage into the intermission. The Bobcats ability to finish the half was key in holding onto the game.

3. Points off turnovers, second-chance points and paint-scoring prove important

Texas State benefited from points off turnovers, second-chance points and points inside the paint during Thursday’s game.

The Bobcats forced 15 turnovers and scored 22 points off them. Texas State outscored South Alabama 19-11 in second-chance points, and had a 21-9 advantage in points inside the paint.

In a game where the Bobcats shot 45 percent, while the Jaguars shot 43 percent, Texas State’s ability to grind out points was a key to victory.

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