The University of Texas-Pan American Broncs men TMs basketball team picked up their first win of the season, 79-77 over the Texas State Bobcats in their second game of the UTPA Tip-Off Classic on Saturday at the UTPA Fieldhouse.The Broncs (1-3) jumped off to a fast start as Brandon Provost, Jared Maree and Nick Weiermiller all connected from long range for a 9-3 lead in the opening two minutes. The Broncs extended their lead to eight when Enique Mason posted up and Weiermiller nailed another three-pointer to make it 14-6 at the 16:02 mark.Josh Cleveland had a big first half, scoring seven of his 14 points and giving the Broncs a nine-point lead three different times. A right-handed slam gave the Broncs a 29-20 lead with 7:13 remaining, while a lay-up gave the Broncs a 31-22 lead with 4:55 to go. Another emphatic dunk by Cleveland put the Broncs up 35-26 with 3:34 remaining.A lay-up by Maree gave the Broncs their largest lead of the half at 37-26 with 2:43 remaining.The Bobcats (3-1) opened the second half on a 10-2 run to take their first lead of the game at 42-41 after a lay-up by Brooks Ybarra with 17:21 remaining. The Broncs took the lead back just over one minute later at 45-44 on a dunk by Maree, which sparked a 12-2 run over the next three minutes that saw the Broncs take a 55-46 lead. The Bobcats scored five-straight points to pull within four, but Aaron Urbanas scored five points as the Broncs went on a 9-0 run to build a 64-53 lead.
The Bobcats pulled within 67-63 on a pair of free throws by Eddie Rios with 5:37 remaining, but Provost scored five points to fuel a 7-0 run as the Broncs to take a 74-63 lead. The Bobcats responded with a 14-2 run to take the lead back at 77-76, but Provost hit a pair of free throws with 20.2 seconds left and Maree hit one with 2.9 seconds left to give the Broncs the victory.Maree led the Broncs in scoring with a game-high 21 points while Provost poured in 20 with a game-high tying nine rebounds.The Broncs hit 26-of-56 (46.4%) shots and 9-of-22 (40.9%) from behind the arc.Eddie Rios and Nick Hinton led the Bobcats with 14 points each while Matt Staff scored 12 points with nine rebounds and Ybarra added 11 points.The Bobcats hits 27-of-62 (43.5%) shots, including 2-of-11 (18.2%) from behind the arc.The Broncs host the Toledo Rockets, who beat the University of South Carolina-Upstate Spartans 75-70 in the first game on Saturday, in their third game of the UTPA Tip-Off Classic on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.