Nathan Josephs. Photo by Brendan Maloney
(Seguin) – Texas Lutheran junior point guard Nathan Josephs (San Antonio/Clark) has been named to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Men's Basketball All-Conference Second Team.
In addition to being named to the All-SCAC Second Team, Josephs was one of three players to receive at least one vote for SCAC Player of the Year. He also received a vote for Newcomer of the Year.
No other Bulldog was named to the All-SCAC First, Second or Third Team, but two Bulldogs - freshman shooting guard Sebastian Andrade (El Paso/Americas) and junior shooting guard Jacob Kouremetis (San Antonio/O'Connor) - claimed All-SCAC Honorable Mention.
In his first year with the Bulldogs, after transferring to TLU from Texas State, Josephs led TLU in scoring, at 16.4 points per game. He also contributed 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.
Josephs shot 36.0 percent from the field, 31.8 percent from the three-point line and 84.5 percent from the free throw line. He went to the line 174 times and made 147 free throws.
Josephs hit three game-winning shots for TLU during the year - a three-pointer at the buzzer to beat Hardin-Simmons on the road, a lay-up with 0.2 left on the clock to beat Centenary (La.) at home, and a three-pointer with less than two seconds to play to defeat Southwestern on the road and send TLU to the SCAC Men's Basketball Championship.
The Bulldogs needed that win at Southwestern just to make the conference tournament. Josephs scored 30 points in the road victory. He scored a season-high 32 in a home win over Southwestern on Jan. 30. He led the team in scoring in 14 of the Bulldogs' 27 contests in 2017-18.
Kouremetis and Andrade were second and third, respectively, on the team in scoring average. Kouremetis averaged 11.8 points per game and led the team in three-point shooting percentage (.428) and free throw percentage (.929). He missed four free throws all season (52-for-56).
Kouremetis almost tied the school record for three-pointers in a game when he made nine in that key road win at Southwestern in the regular-season finale. The school record, held by Jerald Reiner, still stands at 10. Reiner made 10 three-pointers against Southern Nazarene (Okla.) in the 1993-94 season.
Andrade started the last eight games of the season and averaged 10.6 points per game. He shot 46.2 percent from the floor and 42.8 percent from the three-point line. Andrade also averaged 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game.
Andrade had a game-winning shot in a conference road win at Colorado College. He scored 10 points in a 24-second span in the final minute during a home win over Centenary (La.).
TLU junior guard Alex Cage (Austin/McNeil) figured into the voting for Defensive Player of the Year. He received one vote.
TLU, the three-time defending champion of the SCAC, had its quest for a fourth straight title end Saturday with a loss in the conference tournament semifinal against No. 2 seed Centenary. The Bulldogs knocked off No. 3 seed University of Dallas on Friday.
TLU ended its year with an overall record 12-15 and with a conference mark of 7-7. The Bulldogs tied for fifth in the SCAC regular-season standings and entered the tournament as the sixth seed.