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02/22/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/22/2020 18:55

Panthers Fall at Texas State 86-76 on Late Bobcat Run

SAN MARCOS, Texas-Texas State used a late 9-0 run to earn an 86-76 win over Georgia State on Saturday afternoon at Strahan Arena in a match-up of two teams tied for second place in the Sun Belt Conference standings.

Georgia State (18-11, 11-7 Sun Belt) overcame an 11-point second half deficit to tie the game with 3:24 to play before Texas State (19-10, 12-6 Sun Belt) responded with nine-straight points to seal the victory.

Junior led the Panthers with 23 points, seven rebounds, and six assists, while going 9-of-16 from the floor. Redshirt-junior added 17 points for the Panthers which shot 50.0 percent from the floor and knocked down nine 3-pointers.

The Bobcats were led by Eric Terry who finished with 20 points going 7-of-10 from the floor, while senior Nijal Pearson just missed a double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds.

Texas State raced out to an early 14-3 lead causing Georgia State to call its first timeout. The lead was pushed to as many as 13 points with 14:12 to play before the Panthers started to mount a rally.

Trailing 25-15, Georgia State cut the lead more than in half, 30-26, on a lay-up by Williams. However, the Bobcats continued to push the ball back inside and went ahead 44-35 on a Pearson lay-up with just over a minute to play in the half.

Allen stayed hot all half going 6-of-7 from the floor for 17 points before the break with three 3-pointers as the Panthers went into the locker room trailing 46-38 despite shooting 53.6 percent from the floor.

Texas State pushed the lead back up to as many as 11, 63-52, with 12:40 to play before the Georgia State defense stepped up and held the Bobcats without a field goal for more than five minutes.

Over that stretch the Panthers used a 7-0 run to cut Texas State's lead to 63-59 with 10:05 remaining and possession later a 3-pointer by Wilson cut the Bobcats lead to 64-62 with 8:18 to play.

Texas State pushed the lead back to eight, 72-64, with 6:21 to play, before Georgia State responded with a 7-0 run capped by a Williams lay-up and free throw with 3:47 to play, cutting the Bobcats' lead to just one.

A possession later a 3-pointer by Roberts tied the game for the first time since the opening tip. Unfortunately Texas State immediately responded with nine straight points to put the game away.

Roberts finished with 11 points, while senior scored 10.

Caleb Asberry added 13 points for Texas State, while Shelby Adams scored 11 for the Bobcats which shot 46.8 percent from the floor and went 24-of-30 from the free throw line.

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