After halting a 10-game losing streak Saturday with a 64-63 victory over Southeastern Louisiana, the University of Central Arkansas Bears have refocused their goals.
Despite the victory, wins by Texas State and Nicholls State on Saturday eliminated postseason prospects for the Bears (8-19, 3-11).
The UCA men, who have two games remaining, play their last regular-season game at home Wednesday night against Texas-San Antonio. They close the season Saturday at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
The goal now, assistant coach Janson Hightower says, is for the Bears to have a winning record at home for the first time since 2007.
“It is important to us to having a winning record at home,” said Hightower, who substituted for coach Corliss Williamson (who was on a recruiting trip) at Monday’s Bearbacker luncheon at Beef O’Brady’s. “We also want to send our seniors out the right way for what they’ve done for our program.”
Seniors who will be honored on Senior Night will be Dwan Clayborn, Mark Rutledge, Jeremy Nordman, Chris Henson and Joe Harris.
Harris, who was a walkon from the football team, has worked himself into the regular rotation at guard.
“He has played well the last few games,” said Hightower.
UCA Sugar Bear coach Matt Daniel, whose team had an 11-game winning streak halted Saturday at Southeastern Louisiana, was absent at Berabackers because his team remains on the road with a game at UTSA set for Wednesday night.
The Sugar Bears need to win one of their next two games to assure the No. 1 seed in the Southland Conference Women’s Tournament, which begins Tuesday, March 7, and continues through Friday at Katy, Texas.
If UCA secures the top seed, they would play at 6 p.m. Tuesday. If they win, they would play at 2:30 p.m. Thursday. The title game will be at 7 p.m. Friday.