By James Jordan II
After back-to-back stellar performances this weekend against Troy and South Alabama, Kavin Gilder-Tilbury is named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week.
Gilder-Tilbury help lead the Bobcats to a 63-59 victory against Troy on Saturday with his 17 points and three rebounds in the game. However, Gilder-Tilbury biggest performance of the week came in Monday night’s game against South Alabama where he tied a career high with 26 points while pulling down 11 rebounds in a 90-64 victory vs. the Jaguars.
This is the second time Gilder-Tilbury has received the Sun Belt Conference player of the week during his career as a Bobcat. The senior forward for the Bobcats averaged 21.5 points, 6 rebounds and a steal throughout the game, while shooting 68% from the field and 58% from beyond the arc.
Monday night was the last home game for Gilder-Tilbury in a Texas State Bobcat uniform. Although, he tried his best to hold his emotions back ,they ended up getting the best of him in his final pregame introduction.
“I didn’t think I was going to cry like that, but when they called my name I just couldn’t hold it in any longer.” Gilder-Tilbury said. “We’ve been through a lot these four years and a lot of blood, sweat and tears have been put into this program.”
Once the introductions were over and the game was underway, KGT did what he has been doing his whole career as a Bobcats, score.
“I just asked my teammates for the ball and told them to keep finding me,” Gilder-Tilbury said after finishing Monday night’s game shooting 10 of 15 from the field. “I wanted to go out with a bang. I wanted to finish strong. I wanted to be remembered here, so that’s what I did.”
With the two wins this weekend, the Bobcats are now 17-11 on the season and 10-6 in the Sun Belt Conference. This is the first time the Texas State basketball team will finish the year with a winning season in the past 14 years.
The Bobcats will wrap up their 2017 regular season on the road when they face Louisiana tomorrow night at 7:15 p.m., and Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday at 2 p.m. Both games will be available to listen to through KTSW 89.9.
Featured image by Lucero Trevino.