SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A four-game homestand comes to a close Saturday as the Evangel men's basketball hosts Clarke University in Heart of America Athletic Conference action.
SERIES HISTORY A 75-68 loss by Evangel in December saw Clarke even the short-lived series at 2-2 all-time.
► Evangel closes its homestand Saturday against the Clarke Pride. The Crusaders and Pride are tied in the all-time series 2-2 with Clarke winning the first meeting this season in Dubuque, Iowa.
► Evangel has been solid protecting the rim ranking in the top 50 nationally, but the biggest block of the season came Thursday in the win over Baker. Freshman Ike Egwu blocked a layup as time expired to help preserve the first home win.
► Freshman Cade Coffman crossed 200 points and 100 rebounds for the season last Saturday with a season-high 30 points. Coffman is averaging 11.7 points per game and also ranks 16th in the Heart in rebounding as he is the only freshman in the top 20.
► Three Crusaders enter the weekend averaging double figures with junior Clark Brewington and freshman Cade Coffman both at 11.7 points per game. In six games since joining Evangel, sophomore Chris Stocks is averaging 16.1 points per game.
LOOKING AHEAD Evangel heads to Olathe, Kansas, on Wednesday for a second meeting with MidAmerica Nazarene. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.