Men’s basketball packs the nest to keep winning streak alive
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Men’s basketball packs the nest to keep winning streak alive

1/31/19

Thomas Salenbien

TNE Writer

NSU rolls into this week’s matchups with an 11-8 record and on a five-game winning streak. Despite a slow start, the team has found their momentum in their last string of conference games.

The RiverHawks started to feel a sense of urgency after losing their first five conference games, as they looked to keep their hopes of a postseason berth alive. It is safe to say the team has done just that after they won five games in a row, a streak they would like to keep alive this weekend with games against Central Missouri University on Thursday and Southwest Baptist University on Saturday. One week later, NSU will also be hosting Central Oklahoma University to end their three game home stand.

“It is fun to come to the games with the team performing like they have been lately,” said Brandon Hatfield, Broken Arrow Senior. “You can feel the belief in this team grow week in and week out.”

NSU is also hosting several events to further stimulate the growing hype around this team, who has a chance to have their best season since moving to the event center from the Jack Dobbins fieldhouse. During Thursday’s game, the annual “Blazing Wings Challenge” by Buffalo Wild Wings will return during halftime and the dash for cash challenge will also be held. These are all efforts by NSU to get people to come to the games and they certainly have had their effect. Following some position switches by head coach Mark Downey, the team looks better than they have all season and that translates to fuller arenas. More and more students want to come see what the hype is all about.

“As a team we love to see them do what they are doing right now.” Said Ben Watson, soccer team captain. “ We come out to support as much as we can and if we can combine it with our own practices and games, and I really think the teams appreciate our efforts on the sidelines every night.”

Momentum is starting to build for the team, and that is translating into hope that they will clincha postseason berth. Maybe even hope to repeat what coach Larry Gipson and his team did back in 2003, and bring home another national championship for NSU.

“Looking at the teams we have been beating, especially over the last few weeks, I (can not see) why not.” said Joshua Tatarian, Edmond Junior. “If the guys can keep up or even improve their current form, I can certainly see them getting into the postseason and perhaps even make a deep run into the tournament. They certainly have the assets to do so and a coach who has led several teams into the NCAA tournament.”

The RiverHawks are facing the Mules on Thursday at 7:30pm in the event center and the Bearcats on Saturday at 3:30pm. Students can enter all RiverHawks sports event for free by claiming their free ticket at the goriverhawksgo.com.


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