The Texas State men’s basketball season continues. The Bobcats beat Lamar 70-60 on Thursday to advance to the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
It was the first postseason win for the Bobcats since 1980. Texas State has eight new players this season and returned just five from last year.
“This is the second time in my career that this has happened,” Bobcats coach Danny Kaspar said. “Going into the 2007-2008 season, we only brought five guys back, either through telling some guys it’s in their best interest to leave or guys leaving on their own. That’s a combination of what happened last spring again. That team in 2007-2008 won the (Southland Conference) title.
“I’m really glad our group had a chance to do that. This is really a special group.”
Texas State (21-13) had three players score in double figures, led by freshman Nijal Pearson’s 18. He scored all his points in the second half, shooting 5 of 8 from three-point range. Senior forward Kavin Gilder-Tilbury, who led the team in scoring during the season, had a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. And freshman forward Nedja Prijovic, seeing more time after Gilder-Tilbury ran into foul trouble, had 13 points and nine rebounds.
It was the sixth straight game that Gilder-Tilbury has had foul problems; he’s recorded at least three fouls in each of those games, fouling out twice. He had four on Thursday.
“When I hit some tough shots, my confidence increased a lot,” Prijovic said. “My teammates told me to just attack and be aggressive. They tell me all the time that I am capable of doing those things, so I just try to rebound and do what the coaches tell me.”
Texas State will stay at home for the second round of the CIT, hosting Idaho (19-13) at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Women’s season ends: The women’s basketball season ended Thursday with a 66-62 loss to Eastern Washington in the first round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI).
The Bobcats (16-15) led by 10 at halftime, led by Kaitlin Walla’s 16 points in the first half. But she left the game with an injury to her left arm.
In her final game, senior Erin Peoples — Texas State’s lone senior — scored 11 points and recorded five steals.
Baseball beats Rice: The baseball team ended an eight-game losing streak to Rice on Wednesday, a 13-4 win over the Owls, who are now 6-13 to start the season.
Right fielder Teddy Hoffman hit his fifth home run of the season, finishing with three RBIs. He’s batting .373 with 15 RBIs. Despite throwing just seven pitches, freshman pitcher Broc Bosse (1-0) recorded his first career win.
The Bobcats will open conference play by hosting defending national champion Coastal Carolina (11-7) in a three-game series this weekend.