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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.

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."

Men's basketball earns fifth win of season

To JaMarcus Weatherspoon, junior guard, there was no most valuable player.

It was a team effort that brought the Texas State men's basketball team their fifth win of the season -- five players finished with at least nine points making the 81-65 win over the Prairie View A&M Panthers possible.

Coach Danny Kaspar commended the team on their performance, but saw much room for improvement despite the win.

Men's basketball defense clamps down in victory

Texas State immediately felt the presence of Emani Gant, senior forward, in the first half. Gant scored the first six points for the Bobcats, including a second chance shot after DJ Brown, senior guard, missed a 3-point attempt.

The Bobcats forced the Bulldogs to turn the ball over 30 times, holding them to 37 points, the lowest mark allowed since 1957. Texas State improves to 4-1 with its 72-31 victory, the programs best start since the 2007-08 season.

“Our staple is our defense," Gant said. "We just want to come out and have intensity on defense. We have to do a better job rebounding defensively."

Men's basketball prepares to play in Texas Lutheran exhibition

To the Texas State men’s basketball team, their most recent competitor, Howard Payne, was an “easy win.”

When the Bobcats were down by six points, what Coach Danny Kaspar and his staff had been preaching all week became evident—the importance of respecting the opponent.

The Bobcats will compete with yet another Division III team on Wednesday—Texas Lutheran University, a group assistant coach Terrence Rencher says is more talented and aggressive than Howard Payne. 

“When you’re playing a non-Division I opponent, regardless of who it is, it’s always a bigger game for them to come play on a bigger stage,” Rencher said.

Bobcats bench scores 48 in victory over Howard Payne

Back-to-back shots from Howard Payne’s senior center Sterling Smoak put the Texas State basketball team under 7-11 against their first division three competitor this season.

Coach Danny Kaspar looked to the bench for support when he substituted out all of his starters before the end of the first half.

Less than two minutes after being substituted into the game Cameron Naylor, junior forward, sparked a 17-0 run from Texas State with a dunk following a Howard Payne turnover.

Texas State improved their record to 2-1 in their 68-39 win over Howard Payne.

Men's basketball stresses cohesiveness before matchup against Howard Payne

There are 14 players on the Texas State men’s basketball roster, but Coach Danny Kaspar wants his team to realize there is only one Bobcat team.

After losing a 16-point lead against UTSA in an 80-67 loss, the team will play the Howard Payne Yellow Jackets on Sunday at Strahan Coliseum.

Before taking on the Division III program, JaMarcus Weatherspoon, junior guard, says there are things Kaspar is challenging his team to improve upon.

"We’re trying to be more team-led versus coach Kaspar-led," Weatherspoon said. "More of an inside presence with teams leading each other in every position. Everybody encouraging each other and not being down when things aren’t going in our favor."

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. 

Follow Mariah Medina on Twitter @Mariahmedinaaa.

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