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Men's basketball loses to UTSA on road

The Texas State men’s basketball team earned their first loss of the season after falling to UTSA, 80-67.

The Bobcats shot 41 percent from the field, while the Roadrunners converted on 51 percent of their shots. Emani Gant, senior forward, and D.J. Brown, senior guard, combined for 29 points, eight assists and five steals. 

Texas State will play Howard Payne Nov. 30 at Strahan Coliseum. 

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Men's basketball wins home opener against Lamar Cardinals

The Texas State men’s basketball team has opened the season 2-0 against Division I opponents for the first time since 1998.

The Bobcats led the entire game in their 65-55 victory against the Lamar Cardinals.

Lamar was within seven points of a tie with five minutes left in the game.

“I think Lamar is a good team,” Coach Danny Kaspar said. “I don’t think they are as good as Seattle, and there we go beating Seattle on their floor. Last year we seemed to play better away than we did at home. I hope that’s not (the) case because then we have a very immature team.”

Lamar came out attacking in the second half. The Cardinals, bolstered by their full-court press defense, went on a 7-2 run against the Bobcats’ defense.

Men's basketball preps for Lamar's defense in home opener

Coach Danny Kaspar knows handling and being able to recognize the Lamar Cardinals’ varying press defenses could be troublesome for the Bobcats’ offense.

Kaspar and the Bobcats will rely on D.J. Brown, senior point guard, in order to counteract Lamar’s defense.

“We are going to play as a unit defensively and offensively,” Brown said. “I feel like our chemistry is really good, even though we have a lot of new guys. We are already drawn together, so I think that’s going to work to our advantage.”

Emani Gant, junior forward, led the Bobcats with 17 points against Seattle. Gant is a key safety valve against Lamar’s active defense.

Lamar takes pride in its rebounding ability. The Cardinals are averaging 37 rebounds in their last two games.

Notebook: Texas State 62, Seattle 53

WHAT THE WIN MEANS

The Texas State men’s basketball team left the first period trailing 33-26 but came back to win the season opener against the Seattle Redhawks 62-53. The win speaks to the team’s capabilities after acquiring nine new players and returning only three starters.

SECOND HALF

Redhawks senior guard Isiah Umipig finished with 23 points. He scored 17 points in the first half.

Wes Davis, senior guard, can be credited for containing Umipig. D.J. Brown, senior guard, was effective in solidifying the team’s lead with six free throws in the final two minutes of the second half.

GOOD

Men's basketball recovers in second half to win opener

The Texas State men's basketball teams' comeback was led by Emani Gant, junior forward, defense, and old fashioned team basketball.

The Bobcats outscored the Redhawks 36-20 in the second half, propelling them to a 62-53 win in the season opener.

“It was a great come-from-behind-win for us,” Coach Danny Kaspar said.  

Redhawks senior guard Isaiah Umipig didn't make the comeback easy however. The All-Western Athletic Conference first-team selection had 23 points in the matchup.

Gant lead the Bobcats in scoring with 17 points, followed by a 15-point performance from D.J. Brown, senior guard, and a 10-point performance from Kavin Gilder-Tilbury, sophomore forward.

Men's basketball to open season on road

The Texas State men’s basketball team will launch its regular season campaign this Friday on the road against the Seattle Redhawks.

The Bobcats are seeking their first winning season in 15 years.

Seattle is a mature team, with 10 players returning from last year’s roster. Isiah Umipig, senior guard, was named to the Preseason All-WAC First Team. He averaged 19.6 points and 3.8 assists per game in the 2013-2014 season.

“I am really concerned about this game,” Coach Danny Kaspar said. “I do think we can beat them. Like I tell all my teams, ‘Fellas, when you go on the road, you’re going to have to be 10-14 points better and hope you can get out with a close win.’”

Men's basketball to focus on defense, leadership heading into season

After finishing the season 8-23, the Texas State men’s basketball team hopes to finish their season with double the number of wins.

In this expectation Coach Danny Kaspar realizes the level of participation needed from his team. Texas State will play familiar foes ranging from the Texas Longhorns, currently ranked 10th in the nation by the Associated Press preseason polls, to the defending conference champions, Louisiana-Lafayette.

Defense, Kaspar says, is what will define the outcome of the season.

Notebook: Texas State 76, Texas Wesleyan 57

WHAT THE WIN MEANS

The Texas State men’s basketball team finished its exhibition game against Texas Wesleyan with a 19-point win. Some will look at the score and wonder if the team will mirror coach Danny Kaspar’s winning record. However, the exhibition contest doesn’t mean much.

GOOD

Texas Wesleyan is a Division II program. Kaspar found solace in the fact that Wesleyan’s program added two Division I recruits, one of whom began his career with Kansas. Emani Gant, senior forward, expressed content but mentioned areas of improvement ranging from defensive play to the way the team “gels."

BAD AND UGLY

Men's basketball opens season with exhibition win

Despite what his players may think, Texas State men’s basketball Coach Danny Kaspar doesn’t want perfection. He wants improvement.

While the Bobcats secured a 76-57 win over Texas Wesleyan in their exhibition game Friday, Kaspar says the team has much room for progress on defense.

“I saw some good things," Kaspar said. "I saw some negative things out there. But I guess that’s what these exhibition games are for.”

In the Bobcat’s win over the Texas Wesleyan Rams, Kaspar said he saw glimpses of last season in his team’s play with regard to maintaining large leads. Last season, the team finished 1-9 in games in games decided by six points or less. 

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