The University of Nebraska at Kearney Men’s basketball team faced a pair of tough opponents last week and went 1-1. The Lopers started with a top 15 team, Southern Nazarene, at the GAC/MIAA Central Region Challenge. The Lopers fell 88-69. For UNK, freshman Kanon Koster showed off his ability to score as he poured in 17 points and five rebounds.
The Lopers then took on Oklahoma Baptist with an 80-78 victory. UNK trailed 40-35 at halftime but bounced back in the second half by outscoring Oklahoma Baptist 45-38 en route to their win. Koster had another big game with 21 points and Kyle Juhl added 17 points, six rebounds, and six assists.
This week the Lopers have three games the first being against former RMAC foe Chadron State. The Eagles are 1-1 and first beat Texas A&M 61-54 and then fell Texas A&M Kingsville 71-59. Before facing the Lopers, on Thursday at 7 P.M., they will face Augustana on Tuesday. Michael Sparks looks to be the go-to guy for Chadron State. The junior is averaging 13 points per game for the Eagles.
UNK then will face Colorado-Springs on Saturday. They are coming off of a 1-1 start with a win over Tarleton State, 87-77, and then a loss to Angelo State 84-74. Colorado-Springs have been led by Elijah Ross averaging 20 points per game. That game can be heard on 93.1 The River with pregame set for 11:45 A.M.
The final game of the week for UNK will be against Colorado School of Mines on Sunday at 1:45 P.M. Their record right now is 1-1. They initially lost to Lubbock Christian 70-62 and then beat St. Mary’s 61-56. They will face Fort Hays State before coming to Kearney. Brendan Sullivan leads the way for them with an average of 18.5 points per game. That game can also be heard on 93.1 The River with pregame set for 1:45 P.M.