by Hunter Rutty
In a year of hardship, adapting to change is increasingly important. With the majority of our nation’s sporting contests being halted or canceled completely, those that remain face many obstacles.
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The LSUS Men’s Basketball team is one of the few programs fighting through COVID-19 in an attempt to set themselves apart from the competition. Director of Athletics, Lucas Morgan, said, “Our coaches have continued to recruit and dedicate themselves to being the best we can possibly be, and our student-athletes want to continue the rich tradition of our program, so they give us their very best every day.” This is proven through their current 25 game win streak and seeing them rank #2 nationally in the latest NAIA Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
These accolades haven’t come without struggle, however. “The challenge with basketball is with the consistent close contact, and if someone does test positive it makes it difficult to continue playing because of the smaller squad size,” Morgan said. All LSUS teams undergo consistent weekly testing, social distancing and wear masks outside of practice and competition. Despite these precautions, the team recently missed a pair of games due to two positive tests. After contact tracing, the team did not have enough players to continue competing.
The team will look to continue their extended success once they return to the court with their next game scheduled for February 4th against Texas A&M University – Texarkana.