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First-place UALR handled in Texas

The hottest team in the Sun Belt Conference was brought down to earth Thursday night.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock men's basketball team entered on a seven-game winning streak and riding a wave of confidence. But the Trojans were met by an unrelenting Texas State squad -- the same one that blew a 15-point lead and lost by four to UALR in this season's first meeting Jan. 2 in Little Rock.

Appearing rejuvenated with the return of senior guard Nijal Pearson -- who had missed Saturday's game at Appalachian State for the birth of his child -- the Bobcats were red hot early, led by as many as 22 points and then held a 19-point halftime lead, before toppling UALR 74-66 at Strahan Arena in San Marcos, Texas.