Thursday night marked the beginning of the exhibition season for the Harding men’s basketball team, and it was a great start. Matt Hall had 34 points and 11 rebounds in his return to competition, and Cole Kee sank a three at the buzzer to reach the final margin of three points. Neither school has posted the box score online, so I don’t have complete stats, so I only know this from NSU’s press release. The Bisons actually led the game with 4:21 to play, so it was close the whole game.
Playing a close game against NSU is quite an accomplishment, since the Demons are the two-time defending Southland Conference East Division champs and are picked to win it again this season. Last year, NSU won the conference tournament and went on to the NCAAs, where they beat Iowa in the first round and lost by 13 to a great West Virginia team in the second round.
This marks an outstanding start to the exhibition season, which would get even better with a win at Lipscomb next Thursday night. Unfortunately, since the game is on a weeknight, a 2.5 hour drive from here, and it starts at 9PM Eastern, I won’t be able to attend. I’ll post some stats from Thursday’s game once they’re up on someone’s site.