SAN ANTONIO (KPLC) – McNeese returns to Southland Conference action on Wednesday night when it visits Incarnate Word looking for its first league win of the season.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at UIW’s McDermott Center. The game will broadcast live on the McNeese Radio Network (Magic 92.1 FM and mymagiclc.com).
The Cowboys (6-5, 0-2 SLC) are coming off a 78-75 loss to Northwestern State this past Saturday in a game that saw the Pokes missing 30 points per game average among starters Braelon Bush and Chris Orlina along with Collin Warren who is typically the first player off the bench.
McNeese’s KeyShawn Feazell returned to the floor after missing the previous three games due to a positive COVID test. He scored a career-high 22 points to go along with eight rebounds.
Bush and Warren missed the game due to COVID protocol contact tracing but will be back in action on Wednesday after testing negative for the virus. Orlina will miss 4-5 more weeks due to a broken hand suffered against Central Arkansas on Jan. 2.
The Cowboys were dealt another blow on Monday afternoon when key reserve Ra’Shawn Langston suffered a knee injury that will keep him out of at least Wednesday’s game.
McNeese hasn’t fielded a fully healthy team since Dec. 15 against Arlington Baptist.
UIW (4-5, 1-1) dropped an 86-64 decision at New Orleans on Saturday, three days after defeating Northwestern State on the road by a 75-67 count to open conference play.
McNEESE STAT LEADERS:
The Cowboys have four players averaging double-digit scoring on the season – Feazell (14.3), Dru Kuxhausen (13.3), A.J. Lawson (12.2), and Warren (11.4).
Feazell also tops the team and league in rebounding with a 12.4 average while A.J. Lawson ranks No. 1 in the league with 4.7 assists per game.
As a team, McNeese is No. 3 in the nation with 21.2 assists per game, fourth in total assists (233), No. 5 in scoring offense (89.4 ppg), and ranked sixth in the NCAA in scoring margin (22.3).
McNeese leads the young series by a 6-2 margin and had a five-game winning streak snapped last year in San Antonio by a 65-59 score.
The two teams met for the first time on Feb. 27, 2014 with the Cowboys posting an 87-72 win.
McNeese will visit New Orleans on Saturday at 6 o’clock before returning home on Jan. 20 against Southeastern Louisiana. After that, the Cowboys will hit the road for five straight games and will not be back home until Feb. 17 vs. UIW.