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Southland Week 1 recap

Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

I was going through the Southland results, so I figured I'd throw it all in a post. Here are the SLC Standings after one week of conference play, with a quick recap for each team.

1. Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (2-0, 13-2): The defending regular season SLC Champs opened conference play by sweeping a pair of home contests. On Thursday, SFA used a dominant second half to pull away from Lamar, winning 85-65. Desmond Haymond led five Jacks in double figures scoring 20 points, with five rebounds and four assists. On Saturday, SFA again clamped down in the second half and disposed of Sam Houston State 73-56. Jacob Parker led the way with an impressive 28 points and 11 rebounds. Deshaunt Walker added 17 off the bench.

2. Nicholls Colonels (2-0, 5-6): Nicholls won a pair of home contests this week. On Thursday, the Colonels defeated New Orleans 88-83 in a game that featured 72 fouls, and 104 free throw attempts. The Colonels were paced by Jeremy Smith (17 points) and Dantrell Thomas (16 points, 4 assists, 3 steals.) On Saturday, Nicholls edged Southeastern Louisiana 64-61. Thomas led the way with 21 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. His steal and assist in the final minute helped seal the Colonels' first 2-0 league start since 2005-06.

3. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (2-0, 5-10): Perhaps the most impressive opening week came from the Islanders, who won a pair of road games for their 2-0 start. On Thursday, TAMUCC beat Central Arkansas 81-66. Three Islanders reached double figures in scoring off the bench, led by Rashawn Thomas' 18. John Jordan led all scorers with 21 points. He added six assists, four steals, and three rebounds. On Saturday, the Islanders won 71-64 at league contender Oral Roberts. Thomas was a force off the bench again, scoring 15 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Zane Knowles added 14 and 10.

4. McNeese St Cowboys (2-0, 4-10): On Thursday, McNeese opened with a 69-60 home victory over Southeastern Louisiana in a game that was tied at halftime. As he usually does, Kevin Hardy filled up the box score. He scored 17 points and added nine boards, seven assists, three steals and three blocks. Ledrick Eackles scored 15. On Saturday, also at home, McNeese handled New Orleans 82-69. Hardy had 23 with five assists, four boards, three steals, and a block. Eackles, whose father Ledelle starred at New Orleans in the 1980's, scored 22.

5. Sam Houston St. Bearkats (1-1, 9-5): SHSU opened league play with an impressive Double-OT 107-104 win on the road at Northwestern State. Four Bearkats starters (and one reserve) fouled out in the game, but SHSU still found a way to overcome. Jabari Peters (21 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists) Michael Holyfield (20 points, 9 rebounds) and Paul Baxter (17 points, 6 rebounds) led the way for SHSU. On Saturday, the Kats fell on the road to league favorite SFA 73-56. Baxter led the way with 16 points in the loss.

6. Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (1-1, 7-8): ORU began its second, and last, season in the Southland with a home split. On Thursday, ORU dispatched Houston Baptist 88-55. Bobby Word led the scoring with 20 points in 17 minutes off the bench. On Saturday, ORU fell at home to TAMU-Corpus Christi 71-64. Shawn Glover scored 21, while Korey Billbury added 18 in the loss.

7. Northwestern St. Demons (1-1, 5-8): The up and down season for the Demons continued into the start of conference play, as NWST split a pair of home games. They lost to Sam Houston State 107-104 in two overtimes on Thursday. Jalan West scored 22 and DeQuan Hicks added 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Demons. On Saturday, the Demons outscored Lamar 99-85. They were led by a dominant 30 point performance by Zikiteran Woodley.

8. Central Arkansas Bears (1-1, 4-9): UCA split a pair of home games. On Thursday, the Bears fell to TAMUCC 81-66 despite Jalen Jackson's big performance (21 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals.) LaQuentin Miles continued his strong play, scoring 19 points. On Saturday, UCA bounced back with an 86-69 win over Houston Baptist. Miles scored 22 points, with six boards and five assists.

9. SE Louisiana Lions (0-2, 5-8): SLU dropped a pair of road games, Thursday at McNeese (69-60) and Saturday at Nicholls (64-61.) Dre Evans scored 19 at McNeese, while Devonte Upson had 16 points and nine boards at Nicholls.

10. New Orleans Privateers (0-2, 3-7): On Thursday at Nicholls, UNO lost 88-83 despite attempting an unthinkable 61 free throws. Cory Dixon led the Privateers with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Saturday, UNO lost 82-69 at McNeese. Dixon, again, led the way with a monster 24 point, 17 rebound performance. After limiting turnovers while playing the #1 ranked non-conference schedule in the country, New Orleans committed 22 and 21 in their SLC debuts.

11. Houston Baptist Huskies (0-2, 3-11): SLC newcomer HBU also dropped a pair of road contests, 88-55 at Oral Roberts and 86-69 at Central Arkansas. Cody Joyce and Tyler Russell scored 10 each at ORU, while Caleb Crayton led the way with 20 at UCA.

12. Lamar Cardinals (0-2, 1-13): Finally, Pat Knight's Lamar Cardinals also dropped a pair of road games, 85-65 at SFA and 99-85 at Northwestern State. Nimrod Hilliard led the way for the Cards. Against SFA, Hilliard had 13 points, six boards, and four assists. Against NSU, Hilliard had a monster game scoring 29 points, with eight assists and four rebounds.

N/A Incarnate Word Cardinals (12-1) Abilene Christian Wildcats (6-8): Neither DII transitional program played a conference game this week. Both teams begin their limited SLC schedules this week.

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