The University of Central Arkansas Bears have picked up the pace during a three-game winning streak, their first in Southland Conference playing since they became a member of NCAA Division I.

"We weren't playing 'Central Arkansas basketball,' which means we were playing at the other team's pace rather than how we wanted to play," said UCA coach Corliss Williamson at Monday's weekly Bearbacker luncheon.

Since his team has picked up the tempo, the Bears have defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on the road, McNeese State at home in three overtimes and romped past Lamar, 88-59, Saturday at the Farris Center. The victory over Lamar was the first for the UCA men over the Cardinals in 11 tries.

After the game, Lamar coach Pat Knight congratulated Williamson for how his team played. "He told me the reason we have won three straight games is we are playing harder than anyone else in the league," Williamsson said.

Further details in Tuesday's print edition of the Log Cabin Democrat.