Long, winding road takes Cowboys to Pacific Northwest

Published 2:00 am Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Staying on their six-game road trip, McNeese State is crisscrossing the country in the hopes of finding consistency.

After playing a pair of games in Florida, the Cowboys will head all the way to the Pacific Northwest for a game tonight against Seattle. It is part of a two-game stretch out west with a game against Wyoming to follow on Saturday.

“These are important games for us to play more like opponents,” said first-year McNeese head coach John Aiken. “We are playing better and better with each game, getting used to each other, but we have to be more connected for a full game.”

Tip off for the game is set for 9 p.m.

The Cowboys (3-4) have won two of their last three games. The Redhawks (6-1) are in the midst of a five-game winning streak, their longest since the 2016-17 season.

“They are a good team that plays solid,” Aiken said. “I think our schedule has been a little tougher and I hope that pays off in this game.”

Redshirt sophomore guard Cameron Tyson (15 ppg) is one of three Redhawks in double figures.

McNeese’s defense has been strong, leading the Southland Conference in steals and blocked shots. The Cowboys average 12.29 steals and 4.71 blocked shot a game.

Now Aiken said they are hoping to improve their offense by using the inside game more.

“We don’t want to take our foot off the gas with our defense, but we would like to execute better and have more action on offense,” he said.

Transfer center Brendan Medley-Bacon leads McNeese in scoring at 12.4 points a game. Myles Lewis is next at 11.7.