Texas State notebook: Men’s, women’s basketball teams in Sun Belt hunt


Its six-game winning streak ended last weekend, but Texas State’s men’s basketball team remains in second place in the Sun Belt after a 62-61 win at Georgia Southern on Thursday.

The Bobcats (14-8, 7-2 Sun Belt) trailed 49-41 with 10 minutes, 29 seconds left but methodically chipped away at the Eagles, finally regaining the lead at the end when Tre’Larenz Nottingham’s free throw broke a 61-61 tie with 3 seconds left.

Georgia Southern’s 3-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark.

Sophomore guard Nijal Pearson led the Bobcats with 22 points, one shy of his career high. He was 4 of 8 from 3-point range and grabbed eight rebounds in 37 minutes. Nottingham added 12 points, four boards and four assists.

The victory over Georgia Southern was the second one-point conference win for Texas State and its fifth Sun Belt game won by three points or fewer.

The winning streak was halted by last Saturday’s 80-55 loss to conference-leading Louisiana-Lafayette. The Bobcats will play at Georgia State on Saturday.

Women’s basketball: The women’s team also had a bounce-back win Thursday, beating Georgia Southern 81-56. The Bobcats, who fell to Louisiana-Lafayette last Saturday, remain third in the Sun Belt behind Arkansas-Little Rock (11-8, 8-0) and South Alabama (14-5, 7-1).

Sophomore guard Brooke Holle led Texas State with a career-high 26 points against Georgia Southern. Holle, a Westlake High School graduate, has started every game this season and has reached double figures 11 times. It was the second time she’s scored more than 20 points.

Texas State will play at Georgia State (5-14, 1-7) on Saturday.

Football: After netting 18 signees in the early signing period in December, the Bobcats have three players committed to sign in February — Allen safety Taj Bickham, Yoakum defensive back Issac Pope and Garland Naaman Forest defensive tackle Nico Ezidore.

Bickham is the only pledge who committed to the Bobcats before the early signing period. They recently lost two other commitments when Justin Northwest receiver August Pitre flipped to Rice and Tyler Junior College safety Brandon Johnson switched to Tulsa.

Pope and Ezidore — both two-star prospects — committed this week. Pope chose the Bobcats over a handful of Division II offers; Ezidore, who also had offers from UT-San Antonio, Tulsa, Missouri State and Stephen F. Austin, flipped his commitment from Houston.

With 25 allotted scholarships per year, the Bobcats can sign up to seven more players on national signing day (Feb. 7). Texas State is looking for four more commitments.



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