The Demons (14-10 overall, 7-3 in the Southland with six league games left) are aiming for season sweeps over both teams. NSU beat Southeastern two weeks ago 55-38 in Prather Coliseum, while the Demons blew a comfortable lead in Lake Charles Jan. 21 and rallied from six points down in the final four minutes to edge the Cowboys 64-61 on Shamir Davis’ buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
“These next two games are going to be really important, not only in the standings but to see how our team responds after getting whipped at Lamar,” said 13th-year head coach Mike McConathy. “Sometimes getting it handed to you can help. We got a reminder that we have to give exceptional effort and be tough as nails.”
Tipoff at SLU’s University Center Saturday is 6 p.m., with the Demons hoping to pick up their sixth win in seven games. Their five-game winning streak was derailed Wednesday night with an 85-66 defeat at Lamar. Southeastern is 8-14 overall and 2-8 in the league, but owns an 8-3 record at home. NSU is 5-8 overall on the road, including a 3-2 league mark.
Davis tops the Demons with a 13.5 scoring average but managed only five points after running into foul trouble at Lamar, despite averaging just 1.5 fouls per game. With him missing the final 15 minutes of the first half, Northwestern saw a 24-19 lead evaporate into a 40-30 halftime hole, and ultimately piled up their worst turnover total, 18, in conference play.
Senior center William Mosley had 16 points and 13 rebounds along with four blocks at Lamar. He is averaging 10.9 points, 9.9 rebounds and 4.3 blocks (second nationally). The 6-7 Shreveport-Huntington product needs three blocks to move into 11th place all-time in NCAA history, and is seven away from joining the career top 10 in college basketball history. He took over ninth on the conference rebounding career list at Lamar.
Senior guard Louis Ellis is averaging 10.5 points per game. In the last two games, junior forward James Hulbin has shaken a scoring slump and is averaging 12.5 a game, edging his season’s scoring norm to 9.3 per outing.
The game at SLU will be broadcast on the Demon Sports Network, flagshipped by 100.7 KZBL FM in Natchitoches and including 99.9 KTEZ FM in Many and 92.1 KSYR FM in Shreveport. The audio will be streamed on nsudemons.com and Twitter updates will be provided at the @NSUDemonsMBB account.