Hoping to bounce back from two road losses last week

FORT SMITH, Ark. – After a tough road trip to the Lone Star State this past weekend, UAFS will return to the Stubblefield Center this week for a two-game Heartland Conference homestand.

The nationally-ranked Lions will host the Texas A&M International Dustdevils at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Live statistics and live stream will be available, and the game will be broadcast on KHGG-AM 1580 and KHGG-FM 101.1.

On Saturday, the Lions, who are ranked No. 23 in the latest NABC Division II Top 25, will host the St. Mary’s Rattlers at 3 p.m. at the Stubblefield Center.

UAFS (14-3, 3-3) is coming off a pair of road losses at St. Edward’s on last Thursday and at No. 23 Dallas Baptist on Saturday. The losses dropped the Lions into a four-way tie for third with St. Edward’s (13-5, 3-3), Lubbock Christian (6-10, 2-3) and Oklahoma Christian (6-10, 2-3).

Dallas Baptist (14-2, 4-1) leads the conference, while Newman (7-9, 4-2) and Rogers State (12-5, 3-2) are tied for second.

The Lions average 83 points per game with three players averaging double figures in scoring – senior guard Darrion Strong-Moore (15.5), senior guard DaVaunta Thomas (13.4) and senior guard Ladarius Coleman (12). Junior guard Chris Crawford leads the team in assists per game (3.2).

UAFS out-rebounds its opponents by almost eight rebounds per game (41.2-33.5). Coleman leads the team in rebounds per game (7.7) and is one of four players averaging four or more rebounds per game.

The Lions allow 72 points per game and force 16 turnovers per game. Coleman and Crawford lead the team in steals per game (1.1), and Coleman leads the team in blocked shots per game (0.6).

Texas A&M International (7-10, 0-5) has lost three games in a row and is coming off an 86-85 home loss to the Newman Jets on Saturday at the Kinesiology and Convocation Building in Laredo, Texas.

The Dustdevils, who are last in the nine-team conference, average 68 points per game with four players averaging double figures in scoring – senior forward Dan Milota (12.1), junior guard Xabier Gomez (12.1), senior forward Kamari Robinson (10.9) and senior guard Jeremy Wright (10.5). Wright leads the team in assists per game (five).

Texas A&M International out-rebounds its opponents by almost two rebounds per game (32.6-31.2). Robinson leads the team in rebounds per game (5.5) and is one of two players averaging four or more rebounds per game.

The Dustdevils allow 65 points per game and force 16 turnovers per game. Wright leads the team in steals per game (2.5), and Robinson leads the team in blocked shots per game (0.5).