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Men's basketball scores 90 in win over Huston-Tillotson

Coach Danny Kaspar called several timeouts throughout the first half in frustration. The Texas State men's basketball team allowed Huston-Tillotson to score 35 points in the first half.

Kaspar’s goal was to allow fewer than 55 points against Huston-Tillotson, a non-Division I competitor. With better defense in the second half, the Bobcats fell one point short of that goal in its 90-56 victory.

"When your starters are not playing well and one of your starters is out, particularly your point guard, there’s some good things about this game and there’s some individual negatives," Kaspar said. 

Women's basketball concludes non-conference play with loss

The Texas State women's basketball team ceded control of the game midway through the second half.

What once was a three-point deficit ballooned to 17 points in a span of seven minutes, with Stetson converting on six layups in this stretch. 

Coach Zenarae Antoine called it the "snow ball effect" -- the team, one possession at a time, gradually fell more and more behind before it was too late. 

"We were getting close," Antoine said. "You’re working hard and the ball just bounces their way. Then we hung our heads and then they ran the ball down floor and scored transition layups."

Bobcats defeat Bethune-Cookman without leading scorer

Despite the absence of leading scorer Erin Peoples, junior guard, who missed the game with a ankle injury, the Texas State women's basketball team pulled out a 51-40 victory against Bethune-Cookman University.

The Bobcats were led by the duo of Meghan Braeuer, senior guard, with 15 points and Kileah Mays, junior center, who recorded her second double-double of her career with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Braeuer converted five 3-pointers in the game, adding to her conference high 32 3-pointers.

"Meghans shooting ability opens up the floor for everyone, especially for Kileah and Jaqueline down low with one on ones," Coach Zenarae Antoine said. "It forces the opposing team to not give help defense when the ball is down in the low post."

Women's basketball closes non-conference play with mixed matchups

Only one thing is on Coach Zenarae Antoine’s mind heading into the Stetson Hatter tournament this weekend in Florida—on-the-road defense.

The Bobcats edged past Texas A&M-Commerce Sunday with a 74-69 victory, but the defense lacked a presence in the paint. The Bobcats allowed 38 points in the paint, tying their season-high set against Houston Baptist. 

“For us it’s going to come down to defense on the road, period,” Antoine said. “Because one, we’re playing Bethune-Cookman on a court that they’re familiar with, so I wouldn't really consider it a neutral site. Then we turn around and play Stetson, who is also from the area.”

Antoine believes both games will be great looks for the Bobcats while they get ready for Conference play after the Christmas break. 

Men's basketball falls to Kaspar's former team

Despite bringing the game within a three-point margin with 20 seconds left in regulation, the Texas State men’s basketball team fell to Stephen F. Austin on Wednesday.

The 66-60 loss came in Coach Danny Kaspar’s first return to the William R. Johnson Coliseum—this time, as a visitor.

Texas State’s largest lead of eight points came in the first half. The lead, however, was offset by a 15-0 run from the Lumberjacks in the second half.

In the final five minutes of the game D.J. Brown, senior guard, and Ethan Montalvo, junior guard, revived the team’s offensive efforts and combined for nine points to bring the game within one possession.

Bobcats to rely on chemistry to defeat Kaspar's former team

Texas State men’s basketball Coach Danny Kaspar said this game has been his most emotional since he joined the Bobcats. 

The Stephen F. Austin team he coached and recruited went to the third round of the NCAA tournament, maintained a 34-home-game winning streak and beat the Bobcats by seven points in the 2013-14 season. 

Wednesday, however, will be a final homecoming for Kaspar as he takes his team to Nacogdoches, Texas. Kaspar will settle a score that was started when he left the Stephen F. Austin program in 2013.

"Last year after playing them—they were our first home game—being embarrassed like that on our home court, we just want to play them and beat them," said sophomore forward Kendell Ramlal.

Women's basketball edges past Texas A&M Commerce at home

Strahan Coliseum fell silent when Erin Peoples, senior guard, went down with an ankle injury Sunday against Texas A&M Commerce.

Peoples was leading the Bobcats with 18 points in a close game when she was assisted by trainers to the locker room.

"I haven’t actually had a chance to talk to Darcy Downer, our athletic trainer," Coach Zenarae Antoine said. "My assumption is that she’ll still be okay, but she’s still going to travel with us."

Despite her absence, Texas State held on to the lead to defeat the Lions, 74-69.

Meghan Braeuer, senior guard, played a key role in maintaining the lead by finishing the game with a team-high 22 points on 11 field goal attempts.

Longhorns stifle Bobcats offense in 59-27 victory

Coach Danny Kaspar incorporated a different strategy heading into this year's matchup against the Texas Longhorns. 

Kaspar’s goal was to limit Texas’ offensive possessions by taking calculated shots late in the shot clock. 

The change in philosophy is in response to last season’s performance, when the Bobcats blitzed the Longhorns for 64 field goal attempts in a 85-53 loss. 

"We tried to run-and-gun with them last year and we got blasted," Kaspar said. "This time we tried to slow it down and we got beat again."

The end result, however, was the same — another 32-point loss. Texas State tallied 27 points, the fewest points Texas has allowed since Houston YMCA scored 23 points in 1946. 

Men's basketball enters matchup against Texas with 'nothing to lose'

Saturday will be the last time the Texas State men's basketball team plays Texas until Coach Danny Kaspar feels his team is ready for the matchup.

With nothing to lose, the 5-1 Bobcats will go to the Frank Erwin center with an “anything-can-happen” mindset. Texas State will take on the eighth-ranked Longhorns in the Bobcats’ second guarantee game this season.

"Texas plays about eight or nine guarantee games a year, and they’ve never lost a guarantee game—never," Kaspar said. "As long as I’ve been coaching, I’ve never seen them lose a game at Texas in which they paid somebody to play that game for money."

Orakpo declares for 2015 NFL Draft

After being unable to secure a medical redshirt from the NCAA for his sixth year of eligibility, Mike Orakpo, senior linebacker, declared for the 2015 NFL Draft according to Joe Vozelli of the San Marcos Daily Record. 

Orakpo, named to the Sun Belt Conference first team defensive team in the preseason, missed 10 games this year, after tearing his ACL and MCL in the second quarter in Texas State's 35-21 loss to the Navy Midshipmen.

Orakpo tallied 76 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 14 career games for the Bobcats. 

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