J.B. Conley led Texas State with 20 points Saturday in a 66-63 loss at Nicholls State. Texas State sports information photo.
With four games left in the Southland Conference season, the Texas State men’s basketball team still can go a long way up or down.
Either way, the Bobcats will have to bounce back from a heart-wrenching loss, 66-63, at Nicholls State Saturday.
The Bobcats rallied from a 57-45 deficit with 4:35 left, scoring 13 of the next 16 points for a 63-60 lead with 26 remaining. But Nicholls State made two three-point shots in the final seconds to steal the win on its own court.
Chris Iles hit a three for Nicholls with 14 seconds left to tie the game at 63-63. Texas State’s Ryan White answered by splitting two defenders as he went for a lay-up, but he was called for a player control foul, giving Nicholls the ball and disallowing the basket.
Nicholls then beat the Bobcats’ three-quarter pressure when Iles found Bryson Triggs on the right wing. Triggs hit the three leaning back with a hand in his face, giving the Colonels the win.
The Bobcats nearly won the game, even though they shot only 35.9 percent (14 of 39) from the floor, made 21 turnovers, and received only 15 minutes from star forward Cameron Johnson. J.B. Conley led the Bobcats with 20 points and six rebounds, while Tony Bishop added 18 points and nine rebounds. Fred Hunter paced Nicholls with 17 points.
Texas State, now 12-14 overall and 6-6 in the Southland Conference, is tied for sixth place with Texas-San Antonio (UTSA), which also is 6-6. Southeastern Louisiana, Texas-Arlington and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi are tied for third at 7-5, while Northwestern State and Lamar are tied for eighth at 5-7. The top eight teams go to the league tournament next month.
The Bobcats return home to play second-place Stephen F. Austin (8-4) at Strahan Coliseum Wednesday at 7 p.m. Then, they go on the road for two huge games at Northwestern State and UTSA before closing out the regular season at home against league leader Sam Houston State on March 6.