Men's Basketball

Men's basketball enters final two games against South Alabama, Troy

Texas State enters its final two games of the season against South Alabama on the road Thursday night and Troy Saturday afternoon with postseason hopes on the line.

The Bobcats are looking to end a three-game losing streak and avoid dropping seven straight on the road.

The Bobcats are now in a “must win” situation to have a  chance to make the Sun Belt Conference tournament due to the team losing its last two home games to Western Kentucky and Georgia State.

Texas State is 1‒11 on the road this year with its last win coming in January to Louisiana-Monroe.

Troy currently sits ahead of the Bobcats in the eighth and final spot of the tournament while South Alabama ranks last.

Men’s basketball falls short in final two home games of the season

The Bobcats dropped two straight games to Western Kentucky and Georgia State, putting the team on the brink of post-season elimination in its final home stand of the season.

Texas State fell Thursday night 51-50 to the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in a game during which neither team shot above 42 percent on offense. Joel Wright, senior forward, led the team with 15 points, going 9 of 11 from the free throw line. Emani Gant, sophomore forward, was second on the team scoring 10 points.

Texas State held a 3-point lead at halftime and was able to hold the Hilltoppers’ leading scorers, George Fant and T.J. Price, to a combined 6 points.

Texas State prepares for final two home games, post season hanging in balance

Post-season aspirations are on the line this weekend in the men’s basketball team’s final two home games with Western Kentucky and Georgia State taking on Texas State at Strahan Coliseum.

The Bobcats will participate in a Sun Belt battle of the two top defensive teams Thursday against second place Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers allow an average of 67.2 points per game compared to the Bobcats’ 66.5 points, making them the number one defense in the conference.

Both teams shot below 50 percent from the field and combined for 21 turnovers in their Feb. 1 meeting. Texas State lost the match 68-64 at the E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Ky. Wes Davis, junior guard, had four fouls in the contest and has experienced foul trouble in a series of recent games.

Texas State splits weekend games

Texas State men’s basketball split its two games this weekend, taking an overtime victory against South Alabama at home before losing on the road to Arkansas State.

The Bobcats are 8-19 on the season, tying with Troy for eighth in the Sun Belt. Texas State fended off the South Alabama Jaguars Thursday night 67-66 in overtime. The scoring load was spearheaded by a career-night from Reid Koenen, senior forward, as he shot 7-10 from the 3-point range and scored a Texas State season-high 26 points.

“I’m happy for Reid,” said Joel Wright, senior forward. “That’s one dude I’m always telling to shoot the ball. When Reid’s shooting the ball good, and we get a couple of points on the field, nobody can beat us.”

Men’s basketball gets third-straight loss against Georgia State

The Texas State men’s basketball team shot 29 percent from the field Monday in its 68-41 loss on the road to Georgia State and suffered its worst loss of the season since the 32-point loss to Texas.

The Bobcats’ current 7-18 record makes this Coach Danny Kaspar’s most losing season in his 23 years of coaching college basketball, supplanting his 9-17 record in his first year with Stephen F. Austin in 2000.

“I’m very upset with the lack of intensity and effort that our players are giving us right now,” Kaspar said. “There has to be a change in that regard or I’ll need to make some changes.”

Georgia State improved to 18-7 on the year and 11-1 in Sun Belt play, while Texas State is now a full game behind 8th-ranked Troy in the Sun Belt standings.

Georgia State game postponed, team to face UT—Arlington

A winter storm postponed Texas State’s road game against conference leader Georgia State scheduled to be played tonight. The team will now turn its focus to Saturday’s rematch with UT-Arlington.

“We know we’ll have to play one of the best games we’ve played all year,” said junior guard Wes Davis. “They’ve been crushing some teams in conference.”

Texas State welcomed UT-Arlington to Strahan Coliseum for their first meeting Jan. 18 and fell 56–48.
“The game was ours for the taking if we could have hit shots and not turn it over,” said Coach Danny Kaspar. “Just play simple basketball. The fans are here to watch us win. The people here at Texas State, I think, want to see us win.”

Winter storm postpones basketball games against Georgia State

The upcoming men and women’s basketball games against Georgia State have been postponed due to a winter storm in the Atlanta area. The games are to be rescheduled for a later date.

The women were supposed to take on the third-place Panthers in Atlanta tonight, both vying for the conference lead. The Bobcats are currently on a conference-high four-game winning streak.

The Texas State men’s basketball team was set to have its matchup against Georgia State Thursday.  The Panthers are undefeated in conference play, sitting in first place and currently on a 14-game winning streak. The Bobcats are coming off a one-point loss to Louisiana and are tied for the eighth and final spot to qualify for the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.


Bobcats split weekend matchups to Louisiana teams, Foster’s jersey retired

After completing a season sweep of Louisiana-Monroe Thursday night, Texas State lost Saturday to Louisiana 67–66 on the night Jeff Foster’s jersey was retired.

The Bobcats looked to improve their standing in the Sun Belt and build on their previous contest with Louisiana—Monroe. The Bobcats outrebounded Monroe 30-23 en route to a 65–57 victory over the Warhawks Thursday night.

Senior forward Joel Wright led the team with 19 points while senior forward Gordon Ball had a put-back and a jumper within the last two minutes to seal the victory for the Bobcats. Texas State remained in the 8th spot in the Sun Belt Tournament Thursday after its victory over Louisiana-Monroe.

Bobcats to face Louisiana teams at Strahan Coliseum

The Texas State men’s basketball team will host Louisiana-Monroe Thursday night and Louisiana Saturday afternoon, where Bobcat alumnus Jeff Foster will have his number 42 jersey retired at Strahan Coliseum.

Texas State previously beat the Warhawks 61-36 in its most lopsided win of the season to pick up the first conference win. Louisiana-Monroe has since gone 3-3, while Texas State’s record is 1-4 . The Bobcats are looking to stay focused near the end of games, where they have recently struggled.

“Almost every conference game since (Louisiana-Monroe) we’ve been right there,” said junior guard Wes Davis. “We just have to learn how to close out the game. That’s what we’ve been working on in practice.”

Texas State falls short against WKU in close road game

In a game that was not decided until the final minute, Texas State came up short 64–68 to the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Saturday night.

Western Kentucky controlled the offensive boards in Saturday’s game, outrebounding Texas State 9–4. The Hilltoppers outscored the Bobcats 12–3 in second chance points. The game went back and forth all the way to the end as the lead changed hands 11 times.

The starting lineup played most of the game, with one bench player participating for 15 minutes and the rest playing no more than eight. Usual starting senior guard Phil Hawkins was held to seven minutes as he was battling an illness before the game.


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