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Men’s basketball finishes 10-7 over winter break


Sophomore Guard Nijal Pearson stands at the free-throw line ready to take a shot. Nov. 15, 2017. Pearson is the team’s current leading scorer with 244 points and an average of 14.4 points per game.

Photo by Josh Mends | Staff Photographer

The men’s basketball team ended the winter break with an overall record of 10-7 and a Sun Belt Conference record of 3-1.
During the month-long break, the Bobcats went 5-2 and began conference play.
The Bobcats started the break with a road game against Colorado State Dec. 17 and lost to the Rams 66-58.
The Bobcats shot 37.8 percent from the field goal and 69.2 percent from the free-throw line. Texas State outrebounded its opponents 32-30 during the game.
Next for the Bobcats was a home game against Ecclesia College that ended with an 85-43 in the Bobcats’ favor.
Texas State ended the game shooting 46.8 percent from the field and 22.2 percent from the three-point line. The Bobcats also shot 50.0 percent from the free-throw line.
Emmanuel King, senior forward, led the team with a double-double. King finished with 14 points and a career-high 13 rebounds.
Alex Peacock, junior forward, and Nijal Pearson, sophomore guard, both had 11 points for the night. Peacock grabbed six rebounds, and Pearson grabbed seven with five assists and two steals.
Texas State won its final non-conference competition 74-66 against Rice University in Houston Dec. 22.
The Bobcats shot 47.1 percent from the field and 2-of-28 from the free-throw line.
Pearson had a team-high of 18 points. Marlin Davis, sophomore guard, and King followed with 15 points each, respectively. King also grabbed 11 rebounds, while Pearson grabbed five.
The Bobcats began SBC play Dec. 29 against Appalachian State in Boone, North Carolina. Texas State lost 66-62.
The Bobcats shot 46.0 percent from the field goal and 65.2 percent from the free-throw line. Texas State grabbed 35 boards for the night and recorded five steals.
Pearson shot 50.0 percent from the field and totaled 18 points. Defensively, both King and Nedeljko Prijovic, sophomore forward, grabbed five rebounds.
The Bobcats closed out 2017 with a 53-48 win on New Year’s Eve against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. The road game win improved the Bobcats’ conference record to 1-1.
“This was a great win for us after coming off the disappointing loss to Appalachian State,” Head coach Danny Kaspar said. “This is a very tough road trip in terms of travel and I am really thankfully for the guys’ efforts in both games this weekend.”
Pearson led in shooting with 15 points. Tyler Blount, senior guard, added 14 to the books. Davis had a team-high of seven rebounds.
The Bobcats continued conference play at Strahan Coliseum Jan. 4 against South Alabama. Texas State defeated the Jaguars 72-69 to improve to a conference record of 2-1.
Peacock finished the game with a team-high of 18 points. The junior also grabbed six boards and handed out six assists. King followed with a career-high of 16 points and Pearson contributed 12.
In the final game of the break, the Bobcats beat the Troy Trojans 57-56 after a layup by Peacock with four seconds on the clock. The game was held at Strahan Coliseum Dec. 6.
As a team, the Bobcats shot 43.6 percent and completed three out of four free throws that evening.
Pearson finished just shy of a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds.
The Bobcats are set to play at Strahan Coliseum for two back-to-back games. On Jan. 18, they will play against Louisiana-Monroe and Jan. 20, the Bobcats will play Louisiana.

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