Lions set for home opener Friday against Southeastern Baptist

Published 3:05 pm Thursday, November 11, 2021

Following a hard fought loss on opening night to Tulane, the Southeastern Louisiana University men’s basketball team looks to bounce back as they face Southeastern Baptist College Friday night at 7 p.m. in the University Center in the home opener.

The Lions (0-1) pushed Tulane (1-0) for 40 minutes Tuesday night in the season opener as SLU led 39-34 five minutes into the second half. After withstanding a 13-0 run by the Green Wave, SLU trailed 64-63 with five minutes to go but couldn’t close the gap as Tulane held on for a 70-67 win.

Southeastern will look to bring the hot shooting from beyond the arch home with them as the Lions drilled 10 three-pointers at Tulane.

Graduate Transfer Ryan Burkhardt and junior Joe Kasperzyk each had 15 points to lead the Lions in the absence of first team preseason All-Southland selection Keon Clergeot. Clergeot played just 19 minutes in the loss as he was whistled for 4 fouls, two in the first seven minutes of the first half and two in the five four minutes of the second half.

SLU will turn to an unfamiliar opponent Friday in Southeastern Baptist College (0-0), a NCCAA (National Christian Collegiate Athletics Association) Division II team. The Chargers’ campus is located in Laurel, Mississippi roughly two and a half hours from the University Center.

Fans can watch Friday’s game on ESPN+ with links to video and stats available on the Southeastern men’s basketball schedule page at www.LionSports.net.

Following Friday’s home opener, SLU will begin preparation for Sunday’s Maxwell Lieberman Classic matchup with Paul Quinn College at 1 p.m. in the University Center. The game takes on special meaning to SLU men’s basketball associate head coach Mark Lieberman. The third-year Lions’ coach lost his four month old son back in 2012. Fans are encouraged to donate to March of Dimes at (https://p2p.onecause.com/marchofdimes/accept?challenger=riley-conroy&team=maxwell-lieberman-classic).

HARDWOOD CLUB/S CLUB

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TICKETS

For ticket information, please contact the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466 or visit www.LionSports.net/tickets. Southeastern is implementing mobile ticketing as the primary source for securing tickets for the 2020-21 season. All tickets will be available via e-mail in a PDF format for fans to download on their phone or print at home. Tickets can also be downloaded to Apple Wallet.