Men's Basketball

Bobcats attempt to bounce back from three-game losing streak

The Texas State men’s basketball team is in the midst of a four-game losing streak, and the offense has failed to exceed 60 points in three of the four losses.

To break the streak, the Bobcats will need to beat Louisiana-Lafayette, an opponent Coach Danny Kaspar called “one of the more talented teams in the conference.”

“It's a tough opponent for us,” Kaspar said. “We are going to have to play better offensively than we have been in the last three or four games.”

Shawn Long, Ragin’ Cajuns junior forward, is averaging a team-high 17.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. Long, a 6-foot-9 forward, is a projected selection in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft according to DraftExpress.com.

Bobcats face offensive woes after loss to Mountaineers

Coach Danny Kaspar does not make excuses when it comes to the Texas State men’s basketball team’s offense.

The statistics reflect an offense that is not gelling. Texas State is last in the Sun Belt in scoring and conference field goal percentage.

"Numbers never lie," Kaspar said. 

The Bobcats' 64-58 loss to the Appalachian State Mountaineers is their fourth consecutive defeat, dropping them to eighth in the conference.

Kaspar called the offensive performance against Appalachian State "dismal." Emani Gant, junior forward, said the team is going through a "rough patch."

“I’m frustrated right now," Kaspar said. “I’m at a loss for words. We have to shoot the basketball better. I’ve never had a team go through this bad in my history as a coach.”

Notebook: Appalachian State 64, Texas State 58

WHAT THE LOSS MEANS

Not all is lost, but the Texas State men’s basketball team is need of a win to reclaim some stability. The Bobcats are now on the fringes of postseason contention with 10 conference games remaining.

TURNING POINT

Happened at the four-minute mark. Texas State shaved the deficit to three points. Appalachian State drew a free throw on the next possession and missed the front end of a one-and-one. The Bobcats could not corral the rebound, and Mountaineers junior guard Frank Eaves converted a layup. Emani Gant, junior forward, missed a shot on the next two possessions, and the Mountaineers bumped the lead to 10 points in fewer than two minutes.

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Bobcats lose at home in 'dismal' offensive performance

Coach Danny Kaspar called the Texas State men's basketball teams' offensive performance "dismal."

Emani Gant, junior forward, said the team is going through a "rough patch."

The Bobcats' 64-58 loss to the Appalachian State Mountaineers is their fourth consecutive loss, dropping them to eighth in the Sun Belt Conference. 

“I’m frustrated right now," Kaspar said. I’m at a loss for words. We have to shoot the basketball better. I’ve not had a team go through this bad in my history as a coach.”

For a team who has not exceeded 60 points in four of the last six games, Gant's response to the offensive woes was simple. 

“We have to put a better job putting the ball in the basket," Gant said. "That’s pretty much it.”

Men's basketball loses at home, 45-43

With his hands clasped over his head, JaMarcus Weatherspoon, junior guard, could only watch as Georgia Southern celebrated their 45-43 win over the Bobcats. 

“When you put in time, and you really think—you know you’re supposed to be someone, it kind of hurts,” Weatherspoon said. “For myself, in the locker room, I kind of tried to lift everybody up. I tried to tell everybody ‘keep your head up, we got more, we got more,’ but tonight everybody wanted to win.”

For reasons Texas State men’s basketball Coach Danny Kaspar does not know, D.J. Brown, senior guard, drove into the paint only to be met by three Georgia Southern players.

Men's basketball looks to bounce back at Strahan

JaMarcus Weatherspoon, junior guard, was initially a staple of the Texas State men’s basketball team’s starting lineup.

Weatherspoon assumed a new role that put him on the bench against Arkansas-Little Rock.

Coach Danny Kaspar has made several modifications to his team’s offensive scheme since the Bobcats last played Georgia Southern. Weatherspoon said not starting would have bothered him in high school, but he understands a greater goal is to be accomplished as the Bobcats begin a three-game home stretch against Georgia Southern.

Beyond the game: Kendell Ramlal, sophomore forward

Most kindergarten parents deal with issues of intellectual underdevelopment, but Cherrie and Keith Ramlal were different.

Their son, Kendell, now a sophomore forward for the Texas State men’s basketball team, was too smart.

“Kendell got bored very easily in school,” Cherrie said. “He only spent four months in kindergarten, and when we went back after Christmas break, they moved him up to the first grade.”

For Kendell, the learning never ended.

He completed three pages from five different workbooks to occupy himself during the summer. Otherwise he would get bored.

Kendell was the tallest in most of his classes, the youngest, and often the smartest.

Beyond the game: Wes Davis, senior guard

The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks earned their 12th win of the season over Southern Methodist University during the 2007 SMU Holiday Classic with over 2,400 people watching.

Despite the large crowd, Preston Davis was concerned about only one person—Wes, his younger brother.

“Just to see the look on his face,” Preston said. “We actually won that game, and just for him to see the school that was considered the smallest school to play SMU come in and win.”

Growing up, Wes Davis, senior guard, largely followed the example his brother set.

Preston led and Wes followed both in conditioning and playing basketball in the driveway.

Wes had no idea he would be following in his brother’s footsteps once again with college basketball.

Men's basketball loses seventh consecutive game against UT-Arlington, 66-55

Texas State men’s basketball Coach Danny Kaspar told the Bobcats they needed at least one win in order to “stay in the picture” during the practices leading up to their two-game road trip.

The Bobcats have dropped to 4-4 in conference play after losing to Arkansas State in overtime Saturday and suffering an 11-point defeat against UT Arlington Monday.

“We are not shooting the ball well right now,” Kaspar said. “We have to find a way to overcome that.”

The Bobcats shot less than 30 percent from the field, connecting on 16 of 54 shots.

Emani Gant, junior forward, was the only Bobcat who exceeded 45 percent shooting, making four of eight shots in the game. Gant accounted for 13 of the team’s 55 points.

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