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West’s long-range aim stops Northwestern State’s slump
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Northwestern State’s Jalan West broke out of a 3-point shooting slump while the Demons’ defense cooled off one of the Southland Conference’s better teams from behind the arc, with West pitching in 28 points Jan. 23 in a 76-68 victory at Central Arkansas.
West drained 5-of-7 on 3-pointers, and sank 11-of-13 free throws, while also handing out five assists and grabbing two steals. DeQuan Hicks drained 11 of 14 at the free throw line while posting his sixth double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds, helping NSU (6-11 overall, 2-4 Southland) halt a three-game skid.
The Demons, last in the Southland with a 26 percent rate on 3-pointers, canned 7-of-11 while West and Hicks spearheaded an 84 percent (31-37) performance at the free throw line. NSU, which played a 3-2 zone defense nearly all night, cooled off a UCA team hitting 38.5 percent on 3-pointers, with the Bears (4-13, 1-5) making only 21 percent (6-28), including missing all 11 tries after halftime.
West had made just two of his 16 tries on 3-pointers in league play but nailed his first three and 4-of-5 by halftime.  That helped offset six turnovers in the first four minutes by NSU, which steadied itself and had eight more the rest of the game.
Demons coach Mike McConathy said his team’s tenacity helped make the difference. NSU held UCA to overall 36 percent shooting aim and earned a virtual stalemate (40-39 UCA) in rebounding. Demon foes were hitting 52 percent in league play and outrebounding NSU by seven, including a 44-25 whipping on the boards last Thursday by Stephen F. Austin.
“The mindset we brought tonight was paramount. We had to have a win, and we sure feel good about getting one,” said McConathy. “We had rough spots, but we sank free throws and held our own on the boards, and defended their perimeter shooting game very well. They didn’t get many uncontested 3-pointers and that was important.”
Northwestern trailed briefly early but was on top for the final 33 minutes. The margin was as much as nine in the first half, with UCA clawing back within 57-56 with 8:59 left on a short jumper by LaQuinten Miles, who had 23 points.
Marvin Frazier, who had eight points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots, drained four straight free throws and West pumped in a 3-pointer to fuel an 8-0 burst for NSU over the next two minutes. The Bears never got closer than six points afterward and was as big as 12 down the stretch.
The Demons go to Tulsa today for a 3:30 p.m. game against Oral Roberts, and then come home to begin a four-game homestand Jan. 30 against Incarnate Word.
Northwestern State’s Jalan West broke out of a 3-point shooting slump while the Demons’ defense cooled off one of the Southland Conference’s better teams from behind the arc, with West pitching in 28 points Jan. 23 in a 76-68 victory at Central Arkansas. West drained 5-of-7 on 3-pointers, and sank 11-of-13 free throws, while also handing out five assists and grabbing two steals. DeQuan Hicks drained 11 of 14 at the free throw line while posting his sixth double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds, helping NSU (6-11 overall, 2-4 Southland) halt a three-game skid. The Demons, last in the Southland with a 26 percent rate on 3-pointers, canned 7-of-11 while West and Hicks spearheaded an 84 percent (31-37) performance at the free throw line. NSU, which played a 3-2 zone defense nearly all night, cooled off a UCA team hitting 38.5 percent on 3-pointers, with the Bears (4-13, 1-5) making only 21 percent (6-28), including missing all 11 tries after halftime. West had made just two of his 16 tries on 3-pointers in league play but nailed his first three and 4-of-5 by halftime. That helped offset six turnovers in the first four minutes by NSU, which steadied itself and had eight more the rest of the game. Demons coach Mike McConathy said his team’s tenacity helped make the difference. NSU held UCA to overall 36 percent shooting aim and earned a virtual stalemate (40-39 UCA) in rebounding. Demon foes were hitting 52 percent in league play and outrebounding NSU by seven, including a 44-25 whipping on the boards last Thursday by Stephen F. Austin. “The mindset we brought tonight was paramount. We had to have a win, and we sure feel good about getting one,” said McConathy. “We had rough spots, but we sank free throws and held our own on the boards, and defended their perimeter shooting game very well. They didn’t get many uncontested 3-pointers and that was important.” Northwestern trailed briefly early but was on top for the final 33 minutes. The margin was as much as nine in the first half, with UCA clawing back within 57-56 with 8:59 left on a short jumper by LaQuinten Miles, who had 23 points. Marvin Frazier, who had eight points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots, drained four straight free throws and West pumped in a 3-pointer to fuel an 8-0 burst for NSU over the next two minutes. The Bears never got closer than six points afterward and was as big as 12 down the stretch. The Demons go to Tulsa today for a 3:30 p.m. game against Oral Roberts, and then come home to begin a four-game homestand Jan. 30 against Incarnate Word.
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Northwestern State’s Jalan West broke out of a 3-point shooting slump while the Demons’ defense cooled off one of the Southland Conference’s better teams from behind the arc, with West pitching in 28 points Jan. 23 in a 76-68 victory at Central Arkansas.

West drained 5-of-7 on 3-pointers, and sank 11-of-13 free throws, while also handing out five assists and grabbing two steals. DeQuan Hicks drained 11 of 14 at the free throw line while posting his sixth double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds, helping NSU (6-11 overall, 2-4 Southland) halt a three-game skid.

The Demons, last in the Southland with a 26 percent rate on 3-pointers, canned 7-of-11 while West and Hicks spearheaded an 84 percent (31-37) performance at the free throw line. NSU, which played a 3-2 zone defense nearly all night, cooled off a UCA team hitting 38.5 percent on 3-pointers, with the Bears (4-13, 1-5) making only 21 percent (6-28), including missing all 11 tries after halftime.

West had made just two of his 16 tries on 3-pointers in league play but nailed his first three and 4-of-5 by halftime. That helped offset six turnovers in the first four minutes by NSU, which steadied itself and had eight more the rest of the game.

Demons coach Mike McConathy said his team’s tenacity helped make the difference. NSU held UCA to overall 36 percent shooting aim and earned a virtual stalemate (40-39 UCA) in rebounding. Demon foes were hitting 52 percent in league play and outrebounding NSU by seven, including a 44-25 whipping on the boards last Thursday by Stephen F. Austin.

“The mindset we brought tonight was paramount. We had to have a win, and we sure feel good about getting one,” said McConathy. “We had rough spots, but we sank free throws and held our own on the boards, and defended their perimeter shooting game very well. They didn’t get many uncontested 3-pointers and that was important.”

Northwestern trailed briefly early but was on top for the final 33 minutes. The margin was as much as nine in the first half, with UCA clawing back within 57-56 with 8:59 left on a short jumper by LaQuinten Miles, who had 23 points.

Marvin Frazier, who had eight points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots, drained four straight free throws and West pumped in a 3-pointer to fuel an 8-0 burst for NSU over the next two minutes. The Bears never got closer than six points afterward and was as big as 12 down the stretch.

The Demons go to Tulsa today for a 3:30 p.m. game against Oral Roberts, and then come home to begin a four-game homestand Jan. 30 against Incarnate Word.
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