TXST Wins At The Buzzer
After a back and forth game, point guard D.J. Brown (Sr.) decided it was time to end the night. Brown dribbled the ball the length of the court, going from the left wing to the right, with just over six seconds left in the game and ended it by draining a three with no time remaining on the clock for a 77-74 victory. “Coach called the play for me to come up the sideline and try and find somebody. I felt good pressure and usually when we hand the ball off they usually show up. I saw them thinking I was going to hand it off, I saw the opportunity and took it. I don’t know how I made it, but I’m glad it went in,” said Brown after the game. With Texas State’s two best players fouling out in the final minute of regulation, it was left to Brown and Forward Kavin Gilder-Tilbury (So.) to try and lead the Bobcats in overtime. Brown had an all-around great game as he led the Bobcats with 16 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. “Being a veteran and a captain, I feel like a lot is on my shoulders and I got to lead these guys, I felt like I could give us the best chance to win’” said Brown. Tilbury had a great game of his own as he chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds and a critical steal at the end of the second overtime that would give the Bobcats an important two score lead after his layup on the other end. The game started out defensively, but became more of an offensive game in the second half; Texas State was trailing 50-42 with 3:22 seconds left in regulation, when they would mount a 14-6 run down the stretch led by guard Ethan Montalvo's (Jr.) free throw shooting and key 3-ptr, to send it into OT. In the 2nd OT, Texas State would manage to get a couple steals and Gilder-Tilbury would come in clutch going 4 of 4 on his free throw attempts to help force a second OT and Texas State's second straight double overtime game. The first half was another low scoring defensive outing by the Bobcats, as they suffocated UALR and held them to 20 points, on 26% shooting from the field. Had it not been for TXST's cold shooting, the game would've been more than a 7 point difference at the break. D.J. Brown would score 8 of his team high 16 points, on the strength of 2 three pointers in the first stanza. For the game, Texas State would have two other players, in addition to Brown and Tilbury hit double digits, forward Emani Gant (Jr.) had a near double-double 13 & 8, while Montalvo finished with 15pts off the bench. Texas State is now 9-4 overall, 3-1 in Sun Belt play. The Bobcats have now won four of their last five games including, two back to back nail biting double overtime wins. They will host Louisiana-Monroe, another Sun-Belt conference opponent inside the Strahan Coliseum at 4:30 pm on Saturday as they look to extend their winning streak.
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