The Northwestern State men’s basketball team will travel up north to take on Central Arkansas Feb. 2.
The Demons have been on the road for the past four games; the first two of these away games were against McNeese State and Southeastern. NSU defeated McNeese easily, winning 78-65, but had a much tougher test when they faced the Lions from Hammond.
Down 37-35 at halftime, Devonte Hall lit up the floor with a career-high 28 points, and Jordan Bell made a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds to help the Demons pull off the victory, 85-71.
“Devonte had an incredible game,” Demons Head Coach Mike McConathy said. “He had the ball in his hands and got to the line again and again and converted. He’s a tough guy who has made late game plays for us again and again.”
Their two-game win streak came to a halt, however, when they traveled to Texas to take on Lamar. The Cardinals were able to whip up on the Demons, 85-64. They shot 55 percent from the floor and had almost double the amount of rebounds on the Demons, 39-21.
“We didn’t have the extra energy to win the 50-50 balls, and it seemed like Lamar got nearly every one,” McConathy said. “We didn’t lay down by any means, but we weren’t effective except in a couple of spurts.”
In the final game of the away game stretch, the Demons take on a Central Arkansas team that has struggled mightily all season. The Bears have won only four of their 22 games this season, and three of them were in conference.
“It’s been a long stretch of games,” Guard Reginald Kissoonlal said. “We got one more on the road, and we’ve got to pick up a win. We need to keep up with the conference.”
Northwestern State’s next home game is a double header against reigning Southland Conference champion s Stephen F. Austin Feb. 4.