Southland Men’s Basketball Hits Week Six of League Play

first_imgThe Bearkats (13-10, 7-3 SLC) hold fifth place with the win over the Cowboys (7-12, 4-4 SLC) and remain as the only three-loss team in the league. Additional Storylines: FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State defeated McNeese 67-57 in Lake Charles, La., on Tuesday to open week six of Southland Conference play. Defending regular season and tournament champion New Orleans (11-10, 8-2 SLC) sits in first as one of just three teams to play 10 league games thus far. The Privateers host Northwestern State (3-17, 0-9 SLC) tonight at 7 p.m. CT and welcome the Colonels (13-9, 7-2 SLC) on Saturday at 4:15 p.m. A wild week four, including Southeastern Louisiana dropping its midweek contest to SHSU 75-65 before topping then-first place Nicholls 67-63 on Saturday, now has four teams leading the Southland – all with just two conference losses. Wednesday, Jan. 31Houston Baptist at Stephen F. Austin* (ESPN3) – 7 p.m.Lamar at Abilene Christian* – 7 p.m.Northwestern State at New Orleans* – 7 p.m.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Southeastern La.* (ELEVEN) – 7 p.m. Stephen F. Austin (17-4, 6-2 SLC) suffered another conference loss last Wednesday when they fell on the road at UCA. The Bears used a 43-point performance from Southland leading scorer Jordan Howard and a 28-point game from junior guard Thatch Unrah to lift UCA past SFA 100-92. The Lumberjacks defeated the rival Bearkats on Saturday 82-66 at home and stay in Nacogdoches to host Houston Baptist (5-17, 1-8 SLC) tonight at 7 p.m. They will then compete at Lamar (13-9, 5-4 SLC) on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. • Consecutive Conference Champs?: The top of the standings saw an early shakeup with Stephen F. Austin and Southeastern Louisiana falling on the road last Wednesday. New Orleans, the 2016-17 regular season and tournament champions, picked up two road wins and now lead the Southland standings with an 8-2 league record. Nicholls, Southeastern Louisiana and Stephen F. Austin each have just two conference losses. • Putting Up Points: Houston Baptist dropped 102 points at home this past Wednesday to earn the Huskies first Southland win of the season. Freshman David Caraher helped lead the team to the victory over UIW, shooting 9-of-16 from the field and 3-of-4 from three-point range. The Huskies’ mark is the most points a Southland team has scored in league action this year.• ‘Ders Defending Home: After starting the conference season 1-5, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi strung together back-to-back home wins to improve to 3-5 and start seperating from the bottom of the standings. The Islanders began the week with an 80-66 win over Abilene Christian before defeating Houston Baptist in overtime 79-69 on Saturday. Senior guard Joseph Kilgore earned a triple double behind 24 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists against HBU.• Hoops City, USA: Stephen F. Austin remained undefeated at home this season, defeating rival Sam Houston State 82-66 on Saturday. The Lumberjacks are 12-0 at home this season. The women’s team is 11-0 on its home court to make SFA the only Division I progam whose men’s and women’s teams are undefeated at home.Schedule and Result:Tuesday, Jan. 30Sam Houston State 67, McNeese 57* If the season ended today, Central Arkansas, Abilene Christian (13-9, 5-4 SLC) and Lamar would claim the final three spots in the 2018 Southland Basketball Tournament in Katy with McNeese being the first team out. Nicholls and Southeastern are tied for second place after a Saturday showdown in Thibodeaux, La., that saw the Lions overcome nine and 10-point deficits to stay in the top pack of conference. The Colonels do not have any midweek action and await their Saturday battle for first against the Privateers. The Lions stay at home this week to take on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – who rides a two-game winning streak – on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and contest Central Arkansas (12-11, 6-4 SLC) 5 p.m. on Saturday. Saturday, Feb. 3Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at UIW* – 3 p.m.McNeese at Northwestern State* (ESPN3) – 3:30 p.m.Nicholls at New Orleans* – 4:15 p.m.Stephen F. Austin at Lamar* (ESPN3) – 4:30 p.m.Central Arkansas at Southeastern Louisiana* (SLCDN) – 5 p.m.Abilene Christian at Sam Houston State* (ESPN3) – 6:15 p.m.* – Conference Gamelast_img

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