By Mark Brown
Assistant Sports Director
The Bobcats strike again with another win on the road at UT Rio Grande Valley. The 77-68 victory over the Vaqueros improves Texas State’s record to 10-1 which ties the 1952-1953 season as the second best start in school history. Key players in this game include Tre Nottingham, Nijal Pearson, Eric Terry and Alex Peacock.
The Vaqueros jump-started the score 5-0 immediately at the start of the first half. Texas State was quick to retaliate as Nottingham drained a crucial three pointer from the right wing along with Terry scoring a layup to tie the score 5-5. Once the Vaqueros took the lead 20-16, Quentin Scott knocked down two layups followed by Pearson’s layup addition after a steal. Freshmen forward Alonzo Sule earned a quick two points shortly after Pearson’s. UTRGV made a swift 3-0 run as they closed the gap 20-19 from acing three free throws. The two teams exchanged scores left and right until the Vaqueros topped the lead 25-24. The Bobcats responded with two three pointers from Nottingham nailing one from the left wing along with Peacock hitting one from the left baseline. The Bobcats then took the lead 34-28 with 4:04 remaining in the first half. Nottingham scored another layup extending the score 39-32 with only 37 seconds left. The Vaqueros swished a wide open three pointer from the left baseline to cut to the score 39-35 at half.
The Bobcats must have made some key adjustments during half as they increased the score to a 57-41 lead with 14:01 remaining in the second half. Peacock churned five points while Terry and Nottingham added four points each. Freshman guard Mason Harrell added a layup off a quick fast break with Pearson making three free throws. Soon after the Vaqueros rallied a comeback, mitigating the Bobcat lead 67-61. Nottingham slowed down the momentum as he made one of his free throws to make the score 68-61 with 4:51 left on the clock. The Vaqueros brought the score back to a Bobcat six point lead until Pearson netted a quick jump shot to give them a 70-62 lead. The score became a close battle as the Bobcats were only leading the Vaqueros 73-67 with 35.8 seconds left in the game. Junior guard Jaylen Shead was fouled in the next possession and made both his free throws to extend the lead 75-67 with only 30 seconds left. After the Vaqueros made their next set of free throws, Peacock was fouled and responded with making his free throws to end the score 77-68.
Nottingham lead the team with 19 points while Pearson sat behind with 16. Terry was in third place with 15 points with Peacock closing out at 10. The next game will take place Dec. 22 when the Bobcats travel to Fayetteville to play the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Featured photo by Justin Manor.