By Cristian Delgado
To enjoy success, you must experience defeat, and that’s what the Texas State men’s basketball team had to endure. The ‘Cats had their electrifying 5 game winning streak cut short following the 74-58 loss to conference rival, Georgia Southern.
This game served as a reality check for the Bobcats as they were riding high into this game against the 13-8 Georgia Southern Eagles. The Bobcats had a great start with Jaylen Shead making both a layup and three point jumper to put the Bobcats up 5-0 within the first two minutes of the first half. The Eagles would take flight after the early deficit by making several jumpers to regain the lead 15-7 against the Bobcats. The next 15 minutes would not favor the Bobcats, as they had an early amount of fouls and turnovers that ultimately gave Georgia Southern a sizable 33-28 lead by the end of the first half.
The Bobcats had a difficult time gaining momentum as Nijal Pearson and Tre Nottingham tried to catch fire late in the first half, combining for 13 points and 6 rebounds. The ‘Cats shot 12-of-27 while going 2-of-11 from 3 point range in the first half.
Missed free throws and loads of turnovers continued to haunt the Bobcats after halftime as they totaled a devastating 18 fouls and turnovers throughout the whole game. This wouldn’t dissuade Tre Nottingham, who exploded from his 7 point first half to an impressive 18 point with 4 three pointer performance in the second half. Nottingham helped the Bobcats to finish with 25 points along with the second leading scorers, Nijal Pearson and Alex Peacock, tying with only 9 points. The Bobcats could not get in sync tonight on the road throughout this low scoring offensive performance.
The Bobcats finished the night shooting a rough 35 percent from the free throw line along with 26 percent from 3 point alley.
The Bobcats can still keep their heads up as they are now 17-4 overall with a 6-2 conference record following tonight’s loss. With a week to recover, the ‘Cats look to regain their composure versus in-state conference rival, UT Arlington, next Saturday night at 4 p.m at Strahan.
Featured image by Texas State Athletics.