LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nijal Pearson had 25 points to go with 10 rebounds as Texas State took control in the second half to get past UNLV 64-57 on Wednesday night.
Mason Harrell added 10 points for the Bobcats (4-2) who picked up their first road victory of the season.
The game was tied 28-28 at the break. The teams swapped the lead until Texas State’s Caleb Asberry drained a 3-pointer for a 46-44 lead with 9:23 left in the game. The Bobcats pushed it to 55-46 following a Harrell trey with 4:45 remaining. Pearson pulled up for a jumper to push the lead to 57-48 with 2:14 left. Texas State had a 9-0 run to go ahead 52-44 with 5:22 left
The Bobcats made just 22 of 53 from the floor (42 percent) but held UNLV to 17-of-49 shooting (35 percent).
Amauri Hardy led UNLV (2-4) with 18 points. Donnie Tillman added 13 points and Cheikh Mbacke Diong had eight to go with 11 rebounds.
Texas State will host Abilene Christian on Monday while UNLV will welcome SMU.