ABILENE, Texas – The McMurry University men's basketball team returns to the hardwood with a pair of Heartland Conference games at Ron Holmes Court at Kimbrell Arena. The War Hawks host Oklahoma Christian University Thursday night with tip set for 7:30 p.m. and welcome Dallas Baptist University Saturday at 2 p.m.
The War Hawks, who have dropped four in a row and six of their past eight, need wins to stay in contention with the upper echelon of the Heartland Conference.
McM enters with a 3-6 mark in conference play and is in a four-way tie for eighth place with OCU, DBU and St. Edwards University.
"We are still in the thick of things and two wins would really help us out," McM head coach Clif Carroll said. "A pair of wins would put us in the top half of the conference standings and jump us ahead of a couple teams. With that being said, this is a very important home stand for us."
The War Hawks have fared better in Abilene and sport a 6-4 record at home.
Prior to the season Carroll said he didn't want one player to dominant offensively, which has held true.
Seniors Kourtney Goff (Rochester, N.Y./Southern Illinois University) and Alfred Perez (Spring, Texas/Klein Collins HS) and juniors Brandon Golden (Austin, Texas/Coastal Bend College), Connor Robinson (Austin,Texas/Bowie HS) and Alex Lewis (Converse, Texas/Temple College) average between nine and 12 points and lead a balanced offensive attack that averages 73.22 points per game.
OCU sports its own balanced attack, which is led by the diminutive Kendre Talley. Talley, a senior from Spencer, Okla. Averages 17.7 p.p.g and is shooting 46 percent (94-of-204) from the field. Nick Tate (15.8 p.p.g), Willie Harper (14.8 p.p.g) and Jordan VanDeKop (12.3 p.p.g) figure to be a part of the Eagles' offensive attack.
The War Hawks will have their hands full Saturday afternoon when DBU comes to town. The Patriots' offense runs through sophomore Jonathan Perry. The 6-foot-4 forward averages 18.3 p.p.g and does the majority of his damage in front of the basket. He is shooting 47 percent (83-of-174) from the field; however, he's not afraid to shoot from behind the arc, where he's hit 36 percent (24-of-66) of his shots.
Both games can be heard live locally on KSLI, 1280 AM with the pre-game show beginning 20 minutes ahead of the scheduled tip-off time. The games can also be heard via links on the War Hawks' web site at mcmurrysports.com.