SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) Kavin Gilder-Tilbury had 21 points, nine rebounds and six blocks, and Texas State held off Arkansas State 62-58 on Monday night in the only matchup this season between the two Sun Belt foes.
The win puts Texas State within a half-game of first place behind UT Arlington, Arkansas State, Georgia State, and Georgia Southern.
Nijal Pearson added 15 points for Texas State (15-9, 8-4).
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Neither team shot well, with both hovering around the 40-percent mark, but the Bobcats finished with a plus-seven advantage at the free-throw line (18-11).
The score was tied at 53 when two Ojai Black free throws and a Gilder-Tilbury 3 gave Texas State a five-point lead with 1:42 left. A Donte Thomas layup for the Red Wolves (18-8, 9-4) cut it back to three, but two Gilder-Tilbury free throws effectively iced it.
Thomas was the single Red Wolf in double figures with 14 points.