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COLLEGE HOOPS: ACU men waiting word on Oral Roberts game

Published On: Jan 15 2014 05:51:45 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 15 2014 08:22:15 PM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

The ACU Wildcats will host their first Southland Conference home games since the end of the 1972-73 season this weekend as they begin a four-game home stand at Moody Coliseum.

Last week the Wildcats were granted a forfeit win over Oral Roberts, but the Southland and both teams are awaiting word on Thursday morning from the NCAA on a waiver that would put the Golden Eagles on the floor against the Wildcats later that night. If the game does end up being played, ACU and ORU will play a doubleheader with the women starting at 5:30 p.m. and the men playing at 7:30 p.m.

If the men's game ends up being cancelled and forfeited to the Wildcats, the women's game will still start at 5:30 p.m. That means the ACU women will play Thursday night at 5:30 p.m., regardless of what happens with the men's game.

After Thursday's game, the Wildcats will host Central Arkansas at 3 p.m. Saturday at Moody Coliseum before hosting Lamar and Sam Houston State next Thursday and Saturday, respectively. The Saturday contest against Sam Houston State is set to be broadcast on espn3.com.

The Wildcats are 6-10 on the season and 0-2 in the Southland Conference after dropping two heartbreakers last week. ACU dropped an 87-81 decision last Thursday at New Orleans, and then followed that up with ann 85-77 double-overtime loss last Saturday at Southeastern Louisiana.

In the win over Southeastern Louisiana, junior guard LaDarrien Williams had a career-high 30 points in 47 minutes, while his backcourt mate, junior guard Harrison Hawkins, had a career-high 29 points in 43 minutes before fouling out.

Williams and Hawkins lead the Wildcats in scoring at 12.3 points per game, which ties them for 20th in the league in scoring. Williams is sixth in the league in assists at 3.9 per game, while Hawkins is third in the league in free throw percentage at 84.7 percent.

Sophomore guard Parker Wentz leads the Southland in 3-point field goals with 41, and he's seventh in the league in 3-point field goal percentage at 42.7 percent (41 of 96). As a team, the Wildcats are second in the league in 3-point field goals made (116) and fourth in 3-point field goals made per game (7.3).

Oral Roberts is led by Southland Conference scoring leader Shawn Glover, who is averaging 20.3 points per game and has led the Eagles in scoring in 12 of their last 13 games. The Eagles are 8-8 overall and 2-1 in the Southland after last week's93-80 win over Central Arkansas.

Ebi Emegano is averaging 19.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, while Korey Billbury is averaging 11.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. ORU is second in the league in scoring defense (allowing 68.4 ppg) and ninth in the league in scoring offense (scoring 68.9 ppg).

Central Arkansas is 4-10 overall and 1-2 in the league, but the Bears recently welcomed back LaQuentin Miles, their leading scorer from the 2012-13 season. Miles missed the fall semester because he was academically ineligible. However, in the six games he has played, Miles is averaging 23.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.

In the six games he has played, Miles has scored 28, 28, 14, 19, 22 and 29 points, respectively. In an 86-69 win over Houston Baptist last week, Miles scored 22 points, and then added 29 in a 93-80 loss to Oral Roberts.

DeShone McClure is 11th in the Southland in scoring at 15.3 ppg, while Jalen Jackson is 16th at 12.9 ppg. Jackson leads the league in 3-point field percentage (50 percent, 22 of 44) and is with in steals at 1.9 per game.

Central Arkansas will play at Incarnate Word on Thursday night and enters that game 2-2 in its last four games after a five-game losing streak.

Information provided by ACU athletics department.