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100th year of NSU basketball starts tonight at Prather Colisuem
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NATCHITOCHES – The centennial season of Northwestern State basketball tips off Friday night at 7 in Prather Coliseum with preseason All-Southland Conference picks Shamir Davis and James Hulbin, both seniors, leading the Demons against East Texas Baptist.

 Northwestern’s first recorded men’s basketball games took place in 1912-13. The centennial will be celebrated in midseason with a reunion and dinner around a Saturday afternoon Southland Conference doubleheader.

 It’s the start of Mike McConathy’s 14th season as NSU’s head coach. He is 20 wins shy of tying the state men’s college coaching victories record of 572 set by Grambling legend Fred Hobdy, a Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame member. McConathy has 200 triumphs with the Demons, and 352 in 16 seasons at Bossier Parish Community College.

 Davis led last year’s 16-16 team with a 13.3 scoring average. The senior will shift from point guard to shooting guard with the addition of redshirt freshman Jalan West, who led Bossier High School to a 2011 state championship.

 Hulbin, a 6-8 forward, averaged nearly 18 points a game in August during a four-game Canadian tour.

 East Texas Baptist is guided by veteran coach Bert West, a former state championship coach at Zwolle High in adjacent Sabine Parish.

 “Bert is a truly outstanding basketball coach and his teams reflect that year after year,” said McConathy. “Our 2005-06 team that won the Southland Conference and beat Iowa in the NCAA Tournament had to come from behind in the final minute to beat ETBU.

 “We want to get out to a strong start. We need to, considering we have a very demanding schedule this month,” he said. “I do feel like we have the capability to be a very fine basketball team if we will come ready to work hard game after game and we’ll mesh together. We have some very solid veterans and some very exciting newcomers.”

 The Demons will play twice in the first four nights of the season, hitting the road Sunday for a Monday evening visit to North Carolina for a rematch of last year’s BracketBusters victory over Campbell. NSU is home again next Saturday afternoon, Nov. 17, against Hannibal Legrange, before a Thanksgiving week series of games at LSU, Texas A&M and Oklahoma.

 Friday night’s game will be carried as a webcast with audio and video available at the website.


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