SAN MARCOS, Texas — Danny Kaspar's Texas State Bobcats snapped a two-game losing skid, beating Appalachian State Thursday night, 74-71.

Maybe it was the surprise dodgeball match post-practice on Tuesday which helped the Bobcats get out of their recent funk after winning 17 of their first 20 games.

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Sun Belt Conference "player of the year" candidate Nijal Pearson dropped 19 points on the Mountaineers including a three-pointer during a 9-0 Texas State run in the final five minutes of the game.

The win moved the Bobcats into a three-way tie for the Sun Belt Conference's top spot with Georgia State and UT-Arlington. All share 7-3 records in league play.

Texas State, 18-5 overall, hosts Coastal Carolina Saturday at 4 p.m. at Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos.

There will be a theme for the fans attending to humor. It's "Danny Kaspar Mustache and Jacket Night."

Speaking of: I'll have a story about how quickly the Texas State head coach removes his sport coat during games Friday at 10:24 p.m. on KVUE.