By Deshaun Hartley
The number one team in the Sun-Belt Conference took a road trip to Arkansas to take on the Little Rock Trojans. Both teams played tug of war for momentum coming in and during the game. Coming into this game both teams were on a three game winning streak, but the defense from the Bobcats ended up being too much for the Trojans, forcing 16 turnovers, with six of them being steals. The Little Rock Trojans would not just allow the Maroon and Gold to have their way with them, the last four minutes of the game they held your Bobcats to zero field goals in the last four minutes. The comeback effort was valiant but not enough to tame your Bobcats. With this 67-60 win to end the game, head coach Danny Kaspar and his team are on a four game winning streak.
Junior Guard Nijal Pearson continues his historic season by dropping a game high 23 points on an efficient nine for 15 shooting. This 20 point game marks his tenth of season. You can really tell that he has that “Taker” mentality that this team has adopted, because since the win streak started he’s averaged an even 20 points per-game.
The one thing you can say about the Maroon and Gold is that they are a team. They don’t depend on one person to do all the work and that was apparent in Saturday’s matchup. Eric Terry shot 100 percent from the field, making all six of his shots. The sniper Tre Nottingham made three-threes. He has done this in more than half of Texas State’s games in conference play.
This game gave you a one on one park type of feeling, while Nijal was doing what he regularly does for this team, his opponent Rayjon Tucker (19.4ppg) did a great job keeping up, chipping in 18 points on eight for 15 shooting. Every time you heard Nijal Pearson, you turn around and would hear Rayjon Tucker and it was a joy to see for the crowd.
One of the key components for this Bobcat team to win this conference includes making free throws and guess what folks, we shot 11 of 13 from the free throw line, the highest percentage for the team since their 24-28 output against HBU earlier in the season.
With this win the Bobcats maintain sole possession of first place in the Sun belt and will look to continue their hot streak against the University of Louisiana-Monroe, Thursday at Strahan Arena, 7 p.m. Everyone show up and show out, and if you can’t be there, catch all the action on KTSW 89.9.
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