Canyon, TX - The U.T.P.B. basketball season came to a heartbreaking end last night when they fell short to West Texas A&M 97-85 in the South Central Region Final.
This year was the longest post-season run in program history with the Falcons recording the first two NCAA tournament wins in school history. U.T.P.B. will be graduating nine players from this historic team so after the game it was an emotional scene for Coach Andy Newman and a couple of his seniors.
"It's hard to think about life and coaching without this group. They're really special to me, to my family, and to the school. So it's going to be hard to talk about the game. West Texas A&M played great they deserve it so I don't want to take anything away from that. The emotions of being a family with these guys for two years and what they did for us, what they've done for this university it's hard to think about life without them right now," said Coach Andy Newman.
"I don't know what I would be without Coach Newman. He brought me to U.T.P.B. with open arms to his family, to the school, to the community. I don't have a lot of words right now. It's a hard loss, but coach will be in my life forever. He's my favorite coach I've ever had and he's brought the best out of me as a basketball player and as a young man. This is just forever," said Daeshon Francis.
"Coach is like another dad and the relationship I've had with him over these two years is incredible. He is the best coach I've ever had. He brought out the best in me. Sometimes when I was slacking he'd be in my ear. He just made me a better man off the court. He'll be apart of my life forever," said James McPherson.
It was an emotional ending to another great season for the Falcons and Coach Newman couldn't be any prouder of this team, especially the nine seniors.