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Demons return from longest break of season to host Dallas Christian on Saturday

NATCHITOCHES – The Northwestern State men’s basketball team is coming out of its longest break of the season with six days between competitions to recalibrate from the grueling schedule and take the final exams.

The Demons’ next test (1-8) comes in the form of Dallas Christian on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Prather Coliseum.

Fans who bring an unpacked game to the game will receive free popcorn and a drink from the concession stand while NSU continues to drive its game across campus.

Demons unable to watch the game in person can listen to it via radio on 94.9 FM The River, on video and audio streams at nsudemons.com, or on the NSU app.

NSU is attempting to capture a six-game losing streak that includes two games against members of the American Athletic Conference SMU and No. 15 Houston, two losses to the Sun Belt member ULM and tough defeats at the hands of Stephen F. Austin (West Athletic Conference) and Louisiana Tech (USA Conference).

Four of NSU’s eight losses came against Power Six opponents (Oklahoma and Tulsa), which does not include competitions against regional powers La. Tech, SFA, and two against ULM.

NSU is only one of six teams in the country to schedule at least seven games against Power Five or mediocre foes, joining Alcorn State (nine), Texas Southern (nine), Alabama State, Florida A&M and Coppin State.

“I would say it’s the toughest schedule in the country,” said the NSU coach. Mike McConathy. “We’ve learned things about ourselves in each of these matches, but we haven’t played many matches against ‘like’ competitors.

“Last Saturday’s game against ULM was a ‘like’ opponent, and we competed more consistently and played better than in the first meeting, but we can’t keep slipping up against well-trained teams like ULM.”

Five Devils scored in double digits for the first time this season, most notably the new student Kendall Coleman The second double of the year (18 points and 10 rebounds) in the 84-71 defeat to ULM.

second guard Galen King Turned into a career high 12 points, junior goalkeeper Brian White He had 14 points, the highest level of the season, senior goalkeeper Laterance Red He had 11 and the original Monroe Larry Owens Contribute 10 points.

But the flip side is that NSU only scored six more points on a team that usually has a deep, productive seat.

The main focus during the break is limiting the shifts that create easy opportunities for opponents. ULM captured 21 points from NSU’s 16 turns on Saturday, which is an improvement from 25 turns in the first meeting with the Warhawks.

But after committing only 46 spins in its first four games, NSU has earned a 94 in its last five as the Devils increased their pace and played against more aggressive defenses.

Dallas Christian, a member of the National College of Christian Athletics and the Association of Christian College Athletics, will play NSU for the first time in their history.

The Crusaders are official 0-2 in matches against non-Scholarship opponents like themselves prior to Friday Night’s competition.

But the DCC is 1-9 in showtime games against NCAA/NAIA members, though the Devils will be the first DCC Division I opponent.

NSU’s win this season came against Champion Christian, who led Dallas Christian by 14 points.

Demons play at home on Saturday in a row with Dallas Christian and then Southwestern Adventists, which will be their only home games next month, and they return on January 22 to host New Orleans.

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