MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Trhae Mitchell tallied 14 points and 12 rebounds to lift South Alabama to a 58-54 win over Texas State on Tuesday night, the Jaguars’ eighth straight victory.
Chad Lott had 16 points for South Alabama (20-11, 13-7 Sun Belt Conference). Andre Fox added 12 points.
The Jaguars earned the No. 2 seed and an automatic berth into the semifinals of the conference tournament on Saturday. Third-seeded Texas State will host a game in Wednesday’s quarterfinals.
Alonzo Sule’s layup gave the Bobcats a 54-48 lead with 3:39 to play but Fox scored the game’s final 12 points. He made back-to-back 3-pointers to tie it at 54-all with 2:18 left, added a layup about a minute later and capped the scoring with two free throws with 16 seconds to play. Texas State went 0 for 5 from the field and missed the front end of a one-and-one over the final 3 1/2 minutes.
Mason Harrell had 13 points for the Bobcats (20-11, 13-7), whose five-game winning streak came to an end. Sule added seven rebounds.