FORT SMITH, Ark. – UAFS began defense of its Heartland Conference title with a win over Rogers State on Thursday night at the Stubblefield Center. Now, the nationally-ranked Lions face their first conference road test of the young season.
The Lions will play the Lubbock Christian Chaps at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Rip Griffin Center in Lubbock, Texas. Live statistics and live stream will be available.
UAFS (8-0, 1-0) is off to its best start of its NCAA Division II era and is ranked No. 7 in the latest D2SIDA Top 25 and No. 22 in the latest NABC Division II Top 25. The Lions are also the top-ranked team in the D2SIDA South Central Region Poll.
It will be the second game in a three games in four days stretch for the Lions, who beat Rogers State 73-69. UAFS will play NCAA Division I Pacific at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at Alex G. Spanos Center in Stockton, Calif.
UAFS averages 88 points per game with four players averaging double-figures in scoring – senior guard Darrion Strong-Moore (14.9), senior guard Ladarius Coleman (12.9), senior guard DaVaunta Thomas (12.4) and sophomore guard Kyree Elder (10.6). Junior guard Chris Crawford and Thomas lead the team in assists per game (three).
The Lions out-rebound their opponents by almost 11 rebounds per game (42.4-31.8). Coleman leads the team in rebounds per game (7.8).
UAFS allows 73.1 points per game and forces almost 16 turnovers per game. Thomas and Coleman lead the team in steals per game (1.1), and Thomas leads the team in blocked shots per game (0.8).
Lubbock Christian (3-5, 0-1) will encounter its second nationally-ranked opponent in three days and fourth nationally-ranked opponent of the season. The Chaps began conference play on Thursday night with an 88-74 loss to No. 25 Dallas Baptist at The Burg Center in Dallas.
The Chaps average 76 points per game with three players averaging double-figures in scoring – junior guard Isaac Asrat (21.1), junior forward Brennen Fowler (14.9) and senior guard Marcos Schuster (11.6). Schuster leads the team in assists per game (3.5).
Lubbock Christian out-rebounds its opponents by almost one rebound per game (34.4-33.6). Fowler leads the team in rebounds per game (6.1).
The Chaps allow 76.3 points per game and force 13 turnovers per game. Fowler and Asrat lead the team in steals per game (0.9), and Fowler leads the team in blocked shots per game (1.4).