By Benjamin Draper
After all the talk through the offseason about the expectations on the season, the Texas State Men’s Basketball took the court on Friday night in Strahan Arena as they welcomed the Cameron Aggies for an exhibition.
The Bobcats came out in the first half ready to play as senior Nijal Pearson would open the scoring on a fast break for an easy layup. Both teams would go back and forth with scoring as the Bobcats would create some separation with the Aggies as they led 15-7. Texas State would go on a 23-2 run throughout the first half to take a commanding 37-11 lead.
To end the half, the Aggies would go on a run as they would cut into the Bobcat lead with a 17-2 run in the final 4:13 of the half to go into halftime down 41-28 to Texas State. Pearson led the way for Texas State in the first half in scoring with 11 points and had 7 rebounds. The Bobcats shot 82 percent from the free throw line and 40 percent in field goal percentage.
To begin the second half, the Aggies struck first with a 3-pointer as they cut the deficit to 10 points. Pearson led the Bobcats on a 10-0 run in a span of 2:37 with back-to-back 3-pointers to extend the lead to 52-34. Junior Quentin Scott got the crowd pumped up with a huge two-handed slam after the Aggies turned the ball over to give the Bobcats a 60-36 lead halfway through the second half.
Texas State began to take sole control of the game as they would create more separation with Cameron as the Bobcats went 12 for 17 from the free throw line and 3 for 6 from the three-point line in the second half. Alonzo Sule was nearly perfect from the free throw line in the half going 3 for 4. Scott finished the half with 8 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
Texas State would go on to win their exhibition match over Cameron by a score of 91 to 54 as Pearson almost recorded a double-double on the night as he finished with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Sule finished the night with 13 points and 7 rebounds going 7 for 8 at the free throw line as Scott finished the game with 9 points and 4 rebounds.
The Bobcats will be back at Strahan Arena to open the regular season on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. to play in their home opener against the Texas Lutheran Bulldogs.
Featured image by Benjamin Draper.