2021–22 Northwestern State Demons basketball team

The 2021–22 Northwestern State Demons basketball team represented Northwestern State University in the 2021–22 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Demons, led by 23rd-year head coach Mike McConathy, played their home games at Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches, Louisiana as members of the Southland Conference. They finished the season 9–23, 5–9 in Southland play to finish sixth place. They lost in the first round of the Southland Tournament to McNeese State.

2021–22 Northwestern State Demons men's basketball
Northwestern State Demons wordmark.svg
ConferenceSouthland Conference
Record9–23 (5–9 Southland)
Head coach
Associate head coachJeff Moore
Assistant coaches
Home arenaPrather Coliseum
Seasons
← 2020–21
2022–23 →
2021–22 Southland Conference men's basketball standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   PCT W   L   PCT
Nicholls 11 3   .786 21 12   .636
Southeastern Louisiana 10 4   .714 19 15   .559
New Orleans 10 4   .714 18 14   .563
Texas A&M–Corpus Christi 7 7   .500 23 12   .657
Houston Baptist 6 8   .429 11 18   .379
Northwestern State 5 9   .357 9 23   .281
McNeese State 4 10   .286 11 22   .333
Incarnate Word 3 11   .214 7 25   .219
2022 Southland Tournament winner

After the season, head coach Mike McConathy announced his retirement.[1] On March 23, 2022, the school named former Missouri State assistant Corey Gipson the team's new head coach.[2]

Previous seasonEdit

In a season limited due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Demons finished the 2020–21 season 11–18, 9–7 in Southland play to finish in fifth place. They defeated New Orleans in the quarterfinals of the Southland Tournament,[3] before falling to New Orleans in the semifinals.[4]

RosterEdit

2021–22 Northwestern State Demons men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 0 Brian White 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Jr Natchitoches, LA
G 2 Emareyon McDonald 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Fr Coushatta, LA
G 3 LaTerrance Reed 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sr Buffalo, NY
C 4 Kendal Coleman 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Shreveport, LA
G 10 Jalen King 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Columbus, GA
F 11 Shaun Riley II 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr O'Fallon, IL
G 12 Carvell Teasett 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Baton Rouge, LA
G 13 Jordan Potts 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jr Bothell, WA
G 15 Jovan Zelenbaba 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) So Kfar Blum, Israel
G/F 22 Cedric Garrett 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Houston, TX
G 30 Jackson Waggoner 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Colleyville, TX
C 32 Larry Owens 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 275 lb (125 kg) Sr Monroe, LA
F/C 33 Stavros Polatoglou 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Athens, Greece
F 34 Robert Chougkaz 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 195 lb (88 kg) So Athens, Greece
F 35 Zurabi Zhgenti 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) So Tbilisi, Georgia
G 44 Cooper Smith 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Fr Hornbeck, LA
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: November 21, 2021

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Non-conference regular season
November 9, 2021*
7:00 pm, BSOK
at Oklahoma L 59–77  0–1
Lloyd Noble Center (6,022)
Norman, OK
November 10, 2021*
7:00 pm, ESPN+
at Tulsa L 75–82  0–2
Reynolds Center (2,461)
Tulsa, OK
November 13, 2021*
7:30 pm
Champion Christian W 91–62  1–2
Prather Coliseum (508)
Natchitoches, LA
November 15, 2021*
7:00 pm, ESPN+
at SMU L 48–95  1–3
Moody Coliseum (3,184)
University Park, TX
November 19, 2021*
7:30 pm
Louisiana Tech
Lanky Wells Memorial Classic
L 64–83  1–4
Prather Coliseum (1,378)
Natchitoches, LA
November 22, 2021*
2:00 pm
vs. Louisiana–Monroe
Lanky Wells Memorial Classic
L 66–96  1–5
Thomas Assembly Center (112)
Ruston, LA
November 28, 2021*
3:00 pm
Stephen F. Austin L 68–72  1–6
Prather Coliseum (1,005)
Natchitoches, LA
November 30, 2021*
7:00 pm, ESPN+
at No. 15 Houston L 58–99  1–7
Fertitta Center (6,639)
Houston, TX
December 4, 2021*
2:00 pm, ESPN+
at Louisiana–Monroe L 71–84  1–8
Fant–Ewing Coliseum (1,321)
Monroe, LA
December 11, 2021*
3:00 pm
Dallas Christian W 89–67  2–8
Prather Coliseum (835)
Natchitoches, LA
December 14, 2021*
6:00 pm, SECN
at No. 19 LSU L 49–89  2–9
Pete Maravich Assembly Center (8,904)
Baton Rouge, LA
December 18, 2021*
6:00 pm
Southwestern Adventist W 104–50  3–9
Prather Coliseum (348)
Natchitoches, LA
December 21, 2021*
5:00 pm, SECN+/ESPN+
at Texas A&M L 61–80  3–10
Reed Arena (5,440)
College Station, TX
December 28, 2021*
7:00 pm, Big 12 Now
at No. 1 Baylor L 68–104  3–11
Ferrell Center (6,516)
Waco, TX
January 6, 2022*
5:00 pm, ESPN+
vs. Texas A&M–Corpus Christi
Southland Basketball Tip-Off First Round
L 67–89  3–12
Merrell Center (87)
Katy, TX
January 7, 2022*
1:30 pm, ESPN+
vs. Nicholls
Southland Basketball Tip-Off Consolation 2nd Round
W 83–80  4–11
Merrell Center 
Katy, TX
January 8, 2022*
1:30 pm, ESPN+
vs. New Orleans
Southland Basketball Tip-Off 5th Place Game
L 79–80  4–13
Merrell Center (101)
Katy, TX
Southland regular season
January 15, 2022
4:00 pm, ESPN+
at Southeastern Louisiana L 74–79  4–14
(0–1)
University Center (375)
Hammond, LA
January 20, 2022
7:00 pm
at Nicholls L 58–69  4–15
(0–2)
Stopher Gymnasium (325)
Thibodaux, LA
January 22, 2022
4:00 pm, ESPN+
at New Orleans L 77–85  4–16
(0–3)
Lakefront Arena (921)
New Orleans, LA
January 27, 2022
7:30 pm
Incarnate Word W 79–70  5–16
(1–3)
Prather Coliseum (1,022)
Natchitoches, LA
January 29, 2022
3:00 pm
Texas A&M–Corpus Christi W 90–76  6–16
(2–3)
Prather Coliseum (1,005)
Natchitoches, LA
February 3, 2022
7:00 pm, ESPN+
at Houston Baptist W 97–87  7–16
(3–3)
Sharp Gymnasium (462)
Houston, TX
February 5, 2022
3:00 pm
at McNeese State L 84–93  7–17
(3–4)
The Legacy Center (2,115)
Lake Charles, LA
February 10, 2022
7:30 pm
Houston Baptist L 69–76  7–18
(3–5)
Prather Coliseum (1,202)
Natchitoches, LA
February 12, 2022
3:00 pm, ESPN+
McNeese State L 75–80  7–19
(3–6)
Prather Coliseum (738)
Natchitoches, LA
February 17, 2022
7:30 pm
at Incarnate Word W 88–64  8–19
(4–6)
McDermott Center (267)
San Antonio, TX
February 19, 2022
3:30 pm, ESPN+
at Texas A&M–Corpus Christi L 76–83  8–20
(4–7)
American Bank Center (2,301)
Corpus Christi, TX
February 24, 2022
7:30 pm
Nicholls L 62–80  8–21
(4–8)
Prather Coliseum (772)
Natchitoches, LA
February 26, 2022
3:00 pm
New Orleans W 87–77  9–21
(5–8)
Prather Coliseum (648)
Natchitoches, LA
March 5, 2022
3:00 pm
Southeastern Louisiana L 80–85  9–22
(5–9)
Prather Coliseum (654)
Natchitoches, LA
Southland Tournament
March 9, 2022
7:30 pm, ESPN+
(6) vs. (7) McNeese State
First round
L 67–80  9–23
Merrell Center 
Katy, TX
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central.

Sources[5][6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Watson, Jimmy. "Northwestern State men's basketball coach Mike McConathy to retire after 23 seasons". The Times. Retrieved 2022-04-20.
  2. ^ Hadnot, James. "NSU introduces new men's basketball coach". www.ksla.com. Retrieved 2022-04-20.
  3. ^ "Demons dig deep, hold off New Orleans in SLC Tournament quarterfinals". Northwestern State University Athletics. Retrieved November 21, 2021.
  4. ^ "Top-Seeded Nicholls Puts Away Northwestern State, Heads to Title Game". Southland Conference. Retrieved November 21, 2021.
  5. ^ "2021–22 Men's Basketball Schedule". Northwestern State University Athletics. Retrieved November 21, 2021.
  6. ^ "2021–22 Northwestern State Demons Schedule". ESPN. Retrieved November 21, 2021.