By Kayla Guillory
The Texas State Bobcats (19-6 overall, 10-3 Sun Belt) are riding high on a seven-game winning streak as they took down the Little Rock Trojans (8-16 overall, 3-9 Sun Belt) 68-50 Feb. 19 at Strahan Arena.
The Bobcats are leading the Sun Belt conference and only need one more win to secure first place. They are hoping to repeat history and take first place like they had done so in the 2020-21 season.
The highlight of the night was before tipoff. It was Senior night for five of the Bobcats, guard Mason Harrell, guard Shelby Adams, forward Isiah Small, guard Caleb Asberry and guard Darien Jenkins.
Strahan was filled with their family and friends cheering them on as each senior was acknowledged for their accomplishments and time as a Bobcat.
Harrell led the team in scoring with 19 points going six-of-11 from the field and four-of-four from the free-throw line. Senior forward Nighael Ceaser was the second leading scorer coming off the bench with 12 points shooting six-of-seven from the field and having eight rebounds. Junior guard Drue Drinnon and junior forward Tyrel Morgan combined for 15 of the 29 points the bench contributed alongside Ceaser.
In the first half the Bobcats came out making a statement with Small slamming down a dunk on their first possession. The Trojans responded back with a jumper from freshman guard Jordan Jefferson but went through a scoring drought seven minutes after their first field goal.
The Bobcats went on a 14-scoring run that opened a huge lead of 16-2 mid-way through the first half, but the Trojans did not back down and closed the gap going into halftime making it 26-31.
Coming out in the second half, the Bobcats applied full-court pressure causing eight turnovers and holding the Trojans to only 24 points.
The Bobcats got it done on the defensive end, forcing the Trojans to take difficult shots. The Trojans shot 39.6% (19-48) from the field, 21.1% (4-19) from behind the arc and 66.7% (8-12) from the free-throw line.
As a team the Bobcats shot 52.3% (23-44) from the field and 83.3% (15-18) from the free-throw line.
The Bobcats will head on the road for their two remaining games in conference. They head to Mobile, AL Feb. 23 to play the South Alabama Jaguars (18-9 overall, 8-6 Sun Belt) then turn around to face the Troy Trojans (18-9 overall, 9-5 Sun Belt) Feb. 25 in Troy, AL.
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