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FORT SMITH, Ark. – UAFS will face one its toughest road trips of the season this week when the nationally-ranked Lions play the St. Edward’s Hilltoppers and the nationally-ranked Dallas Baptist Patriots in a three-day stretch.
The Lions, who are ranked No. 13 in the latest D2SIDA Top 25 and No. 14 in the latest NABC Division II Top 25, will play the Hilltoppers at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Convocation and Recreation Center in Austin, Texas. Live statistics and live stream will be available.
UAFS (14-1, 3-1) is tied atop the Heartland Conference with No. 23 Dallas Baptist (12-2, 3-1) and Newman (6-8, 3-1). Five teams are close behind with two conference losses apiece – St. Edward’s (12-4, 2-2), Lubbock Christian (6-9, 2-2), Rogers State (10-5, 1-2), Oklahoma Christian (5-9, 1-2) and St. Mary’s (5-9, 1-2).
The Lions are coming off a lopsided 96-71 win against Newman on Saturday at the Stubblefield Center.
UAFS averages 85 points per game with three players averaging double-figures in scoring – senior guard Darrion Strong-Moore (16.1), senior guard DaVaunta Thomas (12.8) and senior guard Ladarius Coleman (12.2). Junior guard Chris Crawford leads the team in assists (3.1).
The Lions out-rebound their opponents by more than seven rebounds per game (41.1-33.9). Coleman leads the team in rebounds per game (7.7) and is one of five players averaging four or more rebounds per game.
UAFS allows 71 points per game and forces 16 turnovers per game. Coleman leads the team in steals per game (1.1), and senior forward Brett Jolly leads the team in blocked shots per game (0.6).
St. Edward’s is coming off an 85-81 win at Oklahoma Christian on Saturday. The Hilltoppers’ conference losses were against Newman and Dallas Baptist.
The Hilltoppers average 93 points per game with four players averaging double-figures in scoring – junior guard Landon Goesling (20.5), sophomore forward Dorian Lopez (13.9), junior forward James Taylor (12.7) and senior guard Sean Watkins (10.4). Watkins leads the team in assists per game (5.1).
Opponents out-rebound the Hilltoppers by three rebounds per game (39.9-36.9). Lopez leads the team in rebounds per game (7.8) and is one of four players averaging four or more rebounds per game.
St. Edward’s allows 81 points per game and forces 17 turnovers per game. Watkins leads the team in steals per game (1.7), and junior forward Cory McKendree leads the team in blocked shots per game (1.1).
Following Thursday’s game at St. Edward’s, UAFS will play Dallas Baptist at 2 p.m. on Saturday at The Burg Center in Dallas.