By Andrew Zimmel
After what was a tough loss against rival UTSA, the Bobcats came out with a new fire Tuesday night, beating the McNeese State Cowboys 80-68 to protect their home court. Both senior forward Kavin Gilder-Tilbury and freshman guard Nijal Pearson had outstanding games for the Bobcats, combining for 44 points, 18 rebounds and 11 assists as the Bobcats walked away with a solid win.
The first half was all Bobcats, almost doubling the score of the Cowboys and shutting down the McNeese offense. Senior point guard Bobby Conley played solid minutes, blocking two shots and snatching the ball three times for a team high in steals as well. The Bobcats were able to force 17 turnovers, a large part of the halftime lead that the Bobcats enjoyed going up 43-24.
Coming into the season, many Bobcat insiders had said that the offensive side of the ball is where the Bobcats would struggle the most. That was not the case tonight. The Bobcats were able to score on 45% shooting from the field. The only part the Bobcats struggled with is what they seemed to have struggled with all season, closing out games. With a little under seven minutes left to play, the Bobcats gave the Cowboys a little bite of light, turning the ball over and letting the lead hover around single digits. After a timeout, the Bobcats were able to regain a solid 14 point lead, and rode it out till the end.
The Bobcats play their next game at home against the Oklahoma Panhandle Aggies at 7 p.m. Dec. 7.
Featured image by Madison Tyson.