BOONE, N.C. – Both Tre'Larenz Nottingham and Nijal Pearson scored 16 points apiece as the Texas State men's basketball team held on for a 70-69 against Appalachian State Saturday afternoon in the Holmes Center. With the win, it is the second time in three years that TXST has sweep the Carolina road trip.

"It was a hard fought win. I was proud of the way our guys bounced back after falling behind midway through the second half," said head coach Danny Kaspar. "Mason Harrell hit some clutch free throws, which for a freshman is huge. Jaylen Shead hit some big three-pointers for us at the end as well. I am just so happy we got the victory."

The Bobcats improved to 14-3 overall and 3-1 in the Sun Belt Conference while the Mountaineers drop to 5-12 on the season and remaining winless in conference play at 0-4.

After trading baskets for the seven minutes of the game, Nottingham converted a free throw and followed with a three-pointer on the very next possession. Back-to-back buckets from Eric Terry forced Appalachian State to call a timeout as TXST took a 55-48 lead with 10:55 to play.

The Mountaineers responded with a 12-3 run to take a two-point advantage. Jaylen Shead knocked down three-pointers on back-to-back possessions to put the Bobcats back in the lead. The junior then picked up an errant pass and slammed it home to make it a 66-63 lead with exactly three minutes to play.

Neither team was able to score until the Mountaineers got a fastbreak dunk from Isaac Johnson after a defensive rebound.

Mason Harrell was fouled twice while in the bonus and converted all four of his free throw attempts as the Bobcats hung on for the one-point victory.

Texas State opened the first 2:30 of the game by scoring the first seven points. Capping off the run was a three-pointer from Alex Peacock to force an APP timeout.

Until the 3:55 mark of the first half, the Bobcats held a lead when the Mountaineers tied it on two Johnson free throws.

There would be three more times the score would be tied in the opening period. TXST appeared to have a chance to extend its lead just before the break when Shead pump faked to get the defender in the air, who then landed on him when he was going up for a shot but the junior was instead called for a travel. APP's Justin Forrest hit a trey from just inside the half court line to send the home team into halftime up 35-32.

Nottingham knocked down five three-pointers, one shy of tying his season-high. Pearson went 7-for-16 from the field with all of his made shots coming from inside the arc. The Beaumont, Texas native was also 2-of-3 at the charity stripe, recorded two steals and blocked a shot.

Also reaching double-figures in points with 10 was Terry on 5-of-7 shooting. He also grabbed five rebounds and recorded a career-high four steals.

Alex Peacock, Alonzo Sule and Shead all grabbed a team leading six rebounds apiece. Shead dished out a team-high four assists while turning the ball over once.

TXST held the Mountaineers to 23-of-57 (40.4%) shooting and Ronshad Shabazz, the team's leading scorer, to just six points on 2-of-14 shooting including 0-for-5 from long distance. The Bobcats ended the game making 27-of-62 (43.5%) shots and were 9-for-24 (37.5%) on three-pointers.

Next up for the Bobcats is a home game against Little Rock at 7 p.m. inside Strahan Arena.