Friday, January 13, 2017

Everybody Wins! Your Sports Headlines For Friday the 13th


In Natchitoches, Northwestern State swept a women's/men's double-header over Nicholls State. In the opening game, the Lady Demons opened on a 19-0 run and added a 12-0 run to start the 3rd quarter on the way to a 75-58 win. Beatrice Attura led the Natchitoches NSU with 23 points and 11 rebounds for her first career double-double. Northwestern State improved to 8-8 overall, 2-3 in Southland Conference play.

In the nightcap, Sabri Thompson lit up Prather Coliseum with 38 points to lead the Demons to a come-from-behind 86-81 win over Nicholls State.

Mike McConathy’s men trailed by 13 points in the second half before rallying to the win. Ishmael Lane’s jumper with just under 2:00 to play gave NSU the lead for good. Former Bossier Bearkat, Devonte Hall buried a “3” just before the shot clock expired, with 56 seconds remaining in the game to push the Demons one-point lead out to a four-point cushion. Hall added four free throws in the final minute while Thompson canned a pair to keep the Colonels at bay.

The game was the first this month at home for the Demons---they get to sleep in their own beds this weekend with Sam Houston State visiting NSU Saturday.


In North Carolina, Louisiana Tech improved to 3-1 in Conference USA play with a 79-73 win over Charlotte. The Bulldogs used a 13-0 run at the end of the first half to grab a 45-31 halftime lead. In the second frame, Tech laid down the hammer early, capped by a 360-degree jam by Jacobi Boykins to push the Dogs advantage to 23 points. The 49ers fought back by nailing their free throws and dialing in from beyond the arc, eventually pulling to within one point with 1:12 to play.

Clutch free throw shooting from Tech enabled Eric Konkol’s crew to pull out of Charlotte with a win. Boykins led Tech with 16 points.

While the fellas were notching the win on the road, Brooke Stoehrs’ Lady Techsters protected the home hardwood against a red-hot Charlotte team. The league leaders entered the Thomas Assembly Center on a 9-game winning streak that started on December 1st but exited the premises on the tail end of an 80-54 Lady Techster takedown.

The ladies of Lincoln Parish turned a close game in the 3rd quarter into a rout courtesy of a 7-0 run at the end of the period to grab a 58-47 lead. In the final quarter, the Techsters laid it on thick, outscoring their guests, 22-7.

Alexus Malone had her most productive game as a Techster, pumping in a career best 28 points and grabbing a career high 15 rebounds.

The win improved Tech’s record to 2-2 in CUSA play. That was the first league loss for Charlotte in five conference games.


The LSU-S Lady Pilots won their ninth straight game with a 73-70 overtime win on the road against Texas College in Tyler. Courtney Randle led LSU-S with 23 points to help her Lady Pilots improve to 6-0 in Red River Athletic Conference.

In men's play, the Pilots steered past Texas College 77-65 to move to 4-2 in RRAC play. Benjamin Batts topped all scorers among the Pilots with 18 points.

The Mudbugs won their fourth straight game, knocking off Topeka Thursday night on George’s Pond inside Hirsch Coliseum 3-1.

John Roberts got the win between the pipes, stopping 34 shots from the RoadRunners. Kieran Durgan salted the game away with a goal during a Topeka power play opportunity. The “man-down” goal made it 3-1 and Roberts made the lead hold up.

The same two teams tangle Friday and Saturday on George's Pond with the puck dropping each night at 7:11 p.m.  Friday's game will feature the number 34 jersey retirement of former Mudbugs goalie, Kenny Carroll.