CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Tre Nottingham hit six straight free throws in the final minute and Texas State held off a late rally by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to earn a 61-55 victory on Wednesday night.
The Bobcats came into the game having matched their best start since 1980-81 at 7-1 and now have won 8 of 9.
Tony Lewis hit two free throws to pull the Islanders even at 47-47 with 3:40 left, but Alonzo Sule turned a 3-point play to put Texas State back on top and after Jalon Clark scored at the basket to cut the deficit to a single point. Sule added three free throws to make it 53-49. Nottingham made two free throws, and after Jashawn Talton hit a 3, Jaylen Shead added a pair from the line for his only points of the night.
Elijah Schmidt scored at the basket with :13 left to get the Islanders within two, but Nottingham closed the game out by hitting four straight free throws.