The Texas State men’s and women’s basketball teams both remain on the fringe of contention for the Southland Conference Tournament after each team won Saturday against Nicholls State.
The men’s team won, 71-66, in overtime as Corey Jefferson scored a career high 22 points while Ryan White made four free throws during the extra period.
Texas State trailed, 58-54, with 2:05 remaining, but Jefferson and Brent Benson each hit three-point shots down the stretch. Benson’s basket came with 13 seconds left to tie the game, 60-60, and send it into overtime.
The Bobcats then scored the first six points in overtime for a 66-60 lead. White made his four free throws to seal the victory.
Texas State improved to 12-13 overall and 5-7 overall with their much needed win against Nicholls State, which fell to 15-10 and 8-4. The Bobcats are in a three-way tie for seventh place in the Southland Conference, which will take eight teams to the league tournament. The other teams in the tie are McNeese State and Lamar.
Of their final four games during the regular season, the Bobcats play two on the road against division leaders. Saturday, Texas State goes to Nacogdoches to play Stephen F. Austin, which leads the East Division at 9-3 in the league. The Bobcats will close their regular season on March 7 at Sam Houston State, which is tied for the West Division lead with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 9-3 in the conference.
In between, Texas State will play home games on Feb. 28 against Northwestern State (2-10) and March 4 against Texas-San Antonio (7-5).
The Texas State women’s team prevailed Saturday in a game it had to win, beating Nicholls State, 70-58, in Thibodaux, LA. The win raised Texas State to 5-7 in the Southland Conference and 11-13 overall, while Nicholls fell to 1-11 and 1-22.
Texas State is in a two-way tie for seventh place with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Again, the top eight teams go to the conference tournament.
Making her first start for the Bobcats since Jan. 14, Ashley Cole led the way with 16 points. Gabriell Mattox 14 points with nine rebounds for the Bobcats.