Northwestern State hopes to use the lessons learned in a 102-95 loss last Tuesday at LSU in another matchup against a Southeastern Conference opponent as the Demon basketball team plays at Texas A&M Monday night at 8. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Southwest. It will be broadcast on the Demon Sports Network, flagshipped by 100.7 FM KZBL in Natchitoches and including 92.1 KSYR-FM in Shreveport and 99.9 KTEZ FM in Many. The broadcast will be streamed on the NSUDemons.com website.

Northwestern State hopes to use the lessons learned in a 102-95 loss last Tuesday at LSU in another matchup against a Southeastern Conference opponent as the Demon basketball team plays at Texas A&M Monday night at 8.

The game will be televised by Fox Sports Southwest. It will be broadcast on the Demon Sports Network, flagshipped by 100.7 FM KZBL in Natchitoches and including 92.1 KSYR-FM in Shreveport and 99.9 KTEZ FM in Many. The broadcast will be streamed on the NSUDemons.com website.

The Demons (3-1) were within four points of LSU twice in the final two minutes last Tuesday, but could not overcome subpar play and excellent LSU defense at the end of the first half and in the first 10 minutes of the second half. The Tigers pulled away from a 33-all tie with 3:48 left in the first half and opened a 21-point lead with 12:14 remaining.

The Aggies (4-1) also haven't played since Tuesday, when they posted a neutral site 55-54 triumph over Washington State a night after being drubbed 70-49 by St. Louis. A&M opened the season Nov. 9 with a 71-59 home win over Louisiana Tech, one of three victories at Reed Arena for the Aggies this season.

Former Centenary and Southeastern Louisiana head coach Billy Kennedy is in his second season as Texas A&M's coach. He was an assistant coach on Dan Bell's staff at NSU in 1988-89 when the Demons shocked Kentucky in Rupp Arena.

That is one of two SEC wins for Northwestern since 1976-77 when the Demons moved into NCAA Division I. The other came at Mississippi State early in the 2005-06 season.

Tempo could be a decisive issue in the NSU-A&M contest. The Demons are averaging 94 points a game while the Aggies are at 67.8 and are allowing only 61.4 per game.

Northwestern is paced by junior transfer DeQuan Hicks, a 6-7, 230-pound forward who sets the pace in scoring (19.5 average), rebounding (7.3) and is shooting 71 percent from the floor and 77 percent at the free throw line. Redshirt freshman guard Jalan West is averaging 14.8 points and shooting 57 percent overall, 50 percent on 3-pointers (9-18) and 91 percent (10-11) on free throws.

NSU's preseason All-Southland Conference picks, senior forward James Hulbin (14.8 points, 6.5 rebounds) and senior guard Shamir Davis (12.5 points) are also off to strong starts. Hulbin scored a career-high 29 at LSU while Hicks added a season-best 28.

Texas A&M gets 15.4 points per game from Elston Turner, 12.6 by Ray Turner and 10.8 from Fabyon Harris. Arcadia product Kourtney Robinson, a 6-9 sophomore, has started all five games and is averaging 6.0 points and a team-best 6.2 rebounds.

The Demons play Friday night at Oklahoma. They are at home next on Tuesday night, Dec. 4 against Louisiana Tech.