TXST Gets Win #10

Texas State bounced back, with a win over South Alabama on Thursday night, led by Junior forward Emani Gant. We have the recap of tonight’s game.

The Bobcats would score 44 points in the second half, shooting 53% from the field, making 6 out of 11 treys in the second stanza, going 10 of 17 for the game, and a 12-5 run to start the 2nd half to pull away from the Jaguars, 82-71.

Emani Gant (Jr.) would pace the 'Cats with 22 points on 11 of 14 shooting in route to Texas State's 10th win of the season. Three other Bobcats starters would score double digits in addition to Gant. (Sr.) D.J. Brown had 12 points, Kavin Gilder-Tilbury would add in 16, and in his first start of the season, (Jr.) Ethan Montalvo shot 4-6 from beyond the arc finishing with 14 points, and 4 assists.

One of his dimes would be a nice behind the back dish to Gant for a posterizing dunk with 14:06 to go in the second half, giving the Bobcats a 50-39 edge.

“I just got to be aggressive, all of my teammates trusted me and I was able to put points on the board,” said Gant.

Three point shooting was a big factor in the win, shooting 59%, rebounding, and also leading a total of 33 minutes in tonight’s game.

“I thought we won the game tonight because of two reasons, we shot the three ball well and had 8 more rebounds,” said coach Kaspar

On the glass, Texas State would win the battle of the boards, 29-21. Gant and Kendall Ramlal (So.) would each pace the 'Cats with 6 rebounds a piece.

Texas State would have no problem putting up points in the first half as they scored 38, led by Gant as he dropped 18 of his 22 in the first half, with most of his points coming down low in the paint. The Bobcats did struggle on defense, allowing the Jaguars to shoot 56% from the field and 40% from beyond the arc, keeping it close at the break, 38-34.

South Alabama relied on going to the free throw line in the second half, they would go to the line 17 times, and would take advantage for the entire contest, hitting 27 of 34 attempts. Sophomore guard Ken Williams would lead the Jags with 23 points, but it wasn't enough.

Texas State ends their 3 game home stint with a 2-1 record and are now 10-5 on the season and 4-2 in Sun Belt play. The Bobcats will next travel to Jonesboro, Arkansas to play Arkansas State looking for win number eleven. Tip off is at 7:05 p.m. for the Saturday night tilt.

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