Texas St. holds off Florida Atlantic 61-57
HONOLULU (AP) Kavin Gilder-Tilbury scored 19 points and Nijal Pearson had 18 to lead Texas State past Florida Atlantic 61-57 Friday night in the Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic.
Gilder-Tilbury was 6-for-11 shooting including 3 for 5 from beyond the 3-point arc. Pearson made his college debut going 7 for 12 from the floor. He grabbed four rebounds and had a game-high three steals.
Gilder-Tilbury's 3 gave the Bobcats their largest lead of the game, 51-40 with 9:09 to play. Florida Atlantic fought back to within three points with 2.8 seconds left on a 3-pointer from Nick Rutherford.
Ojai Black split a pair of free throws with a second to go for the game's final margin.
Adonis Filer came off the bench to lead the Owls with nine points. Florida Atlantic was 20 of 60 from the field and 6-for-20 shooting from 3-point range.