Northwestern State hosting intrasquad scrimmage Thursday

Fans can get a sneak peek at the Northwestern State men’s basketball team Thursday as the Demons will play an open intrasquad scrimmage in Prather Coliseum.
The scrimmage begins at 6:30 p.m., and admission is free.

NSU returns seven letterwinners and three starters, but supporters will want to get acquainted with eight newcomers that coach Mike McConathy expects to contribute as the Demons aim to reinstall McConathy’s signature wave system.

Competition has heated up in recent weeks as players battle to define roles ahead of NSU’s season opener Nov. 5 against Centenary at 5:30 p.m., part of a home doubleheader with women’s basketball (vs. LeTourneau).

“This is a great opportunity for our fans to see these players before we start the season,” McConathy said. “We wanted to put our players in more game-like situations so our kids our better prepared to play Tuesday.

“We’ll be able to institute the wave system, but it might be in a different format. We’re trying to find the combinations of players that play the best together, and we’re continuing to make adjustments.”

McConathy said he expects as many as 11 players could see regular playing time as the Demons are expecting to improve its shooting accuracy from the field this season.

NSU’s three returning starters include senior guard LaTerrance Reed (9.5 points per game) and juniors C.J. Jones (led team in assists) and Larry Owens (second-leading rebounder).

At Tuesday’s season-opening doubleheader, all season-ticket holders are invited to a meal in the VIP area between games.

Season tickets are still available and can be purchased by contacting the ticket office at 318-357-4268.

Photo Credit: Chris Reich/NSU Photographic Services