By Deshaun Hartley
This was one of Texas State’s most highly anticipated games of the season. The energy surrounding this historic run has brought fans from all over to see the spectacle that is the Texas State men’s basketball team. Even Texas State alum and former NBA player Jeff Foster was in the stands to watch.
With one more home game remaining after this, you could tell that they came out with a different swagger but it didn’t kick in until about five minutes into the game. After falling down 14 with eight minutes remaining in the game, the maroon and gold put up a valiant fight but it just wasn’t enough as they would fall 63-60 to the Warhawks of ULM.
If you watch basketball you know that coaches describe it as a game of runs and for those who missed it, it sure was. ULM opened the game on a 6-0 run that would silence the Bobcat crowd. The Bobcats would retaliate on an 10-0 run that got the fans right back into it. The run consisted of two three pointers from senior Tre Nottingham and red shirt junior Jaylen Shead. The runs didn’t end there though. The Warhawks kept their composure even when things got rough. They knew they had a tough task facing the #1 team in the Sun Belt Conference, but when the going got tough the Warhawks got going. With five minutes remaining in the half they went on an 11-0 run only to be ended by Tre Nottingham’s free throws which didn’t come until 24 seconds remaining in the half.
Junior Eric Terry’s new nickname needs to be Mr. Perfect because he started the first half like Wendy’s, 4-4. If I were you I wouldn’t let that statline impress you because his last game against Little Rock where he went 6-6 made him a perfect 10-10 from field over the last week. Not only is he perfect from the field but he shot 100 percent from the free throw line, making three of the team’s 10 first half free throws. Also in this game Terry recorded a career high 19 points and also grabbed 10 rebounds to record a double-double.
Senior guard Nottingham scored a game high 22 points on 6-16 from the field and continued his hot shooting by making five threes. More than half of them came in the second half.
The second half was just as jam packed as the first. The Bobcats faced a eight point deficit at half, the largest deficit since being down 14 to Drake at the beginning of the season. Throughout the game, the Bobcats continued to show spurts of the team we have seen all season. Even though they fought from a lead as large as 14, Nottingham stayed poised and led his team all the way back with 12 second half points and an abundance of three’s to cut ULM’s lead to three. With three seconds left the Bobcats inbounded it to the hot hand (Nottingham) but his final buzzer-beating attempt was blocked, giving ULM the win.
The Bobcats will look to continue making history this Saturday as they take on the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns at 4 p.m. Come out and support your men’s basketball seniors as it is senior night here at Strahan Arena. If you can’t make it be sure to listen to all the action on KTSW 89.9.
Featured image by Deshaun Hartley.