HBU Huskies (7-13, 3-4 SLC) at Northwestern State Demons (7-17, 3-4 SLC)
Thursday, February 10 – 7:30 p.m.
Prather Coliseum – Natchitoches, Louisiana
Audio (Husky Sports Network/Garrett Jones)
NATCHITOCHES, La. — HBU and Northwestern State will meet for the second time in eight days in Southland Conference men’s basketball action when they square off at Prather Coliseum Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. Husky fans can listen to all the action with Garrett. Jones providing play-by-play on the Husky Sports Network available at HBUHuskies.com.
The Huskies (7-13, 3-4 SLC) snapped a three-game losing streak on Saturday with a 93-80 win over Southeastern. Darius Lee scored a career-high 32 points, after scoring 30 against Northwestern State on Thursday, while Brycen Long added 15 and Jade Tse had 14. Lee also tied a career high with six interceptions in the win. HBU edged Southland Tip-Off champions SLU 43-31 in the win and forced the Lions to a season-high 21 turnovers.
Since starting SLC play, Lee has averaged 23.9 points per game to rank second in the league. Additionally, his 3.7 steals per game during that streak is the best in the conference and he also ranks third in field goal percentage (55.7%), sixth in rebounds (7.4 rpg) and seventh in assists (3.3 apg).
Northwestern State (7-17, 3-4 SLC) lost its last game to McNeese, 93-84, after winning its previous three. Carvell Teasett and Kendal Coleman each scored 16 goals for the Demons in the loss. NSU shot 44.4 percent from the floor and 40.9 percent from three in the loss.
Coleman and Teasett lead the Demons, averaging 14.8 ppg and 13.5 ppg, respectively. Coleman, meanwhile, ranks 23rd in the country with 9.4 rpg and his 11 double-doubles this season are tied for 13and most at the national level. The Demons found their three-point shot from the start of SLC play, connecting 43.5 percent from behind the arc against league foes while shooting 35.6 percent for the season.
When the Huskies and Demons met at Sharp Gym last Thursday, NSU tied a program record with 17 threes in a 97-87 win. HBU shot 54.7% for the game but was unable to overcome the Demons’ three-point barrage.
HBU’s return trip to the Southeast will be Saturday, Feb. 12 afternoon at the University Center in Hammond, Louisiana, with tipping scheduled for 4:00 p.m.