Bob­cats ad­vance with win vs. La­mar

It’s first post­sea­son vic­tory for Texas State since 1980.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Keff Ciardello Amer­i­can-States­man Cor­re­spon­dent

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 three­p­oint 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 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 (1913) 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 eightgame 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.

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