This is not how Arkansas-Pine Bluff wanted to start its Southwest swing.

This is not how Arkansas-Pine Bluff wanted to start its Southwest swing.

The Golden Lions have waited for their second victory of the season for more than a month now. They couldn’t pick it up in two tries in El Paso, Texas, where they lost to Jacksonville State 78-55 and UTEP 78-58 in the Don Haskins Invitational.

At 1-11, today marks UAPB’s last chance just to win a nonconference game, the last chance in 2011 to win. The Lions will get their chance at New Mexico State, a team that’s beaten a SWAC team so far in Southern (91-66 on Dec. 19).

UAPB found another scorer capable of a big game in forward Daniel Broughton, who had a career-high 30 points against UTEP, but the team’s leading scorer, guard Savalace Townsend, was cold from the floor — 1 of 10 for three points, to be exact — and is looking to warm back up today.

New Mexico State is trying to recover from an 89-69 home loss to in-state rival New Mexico, the Aggies’ largest margin of defeat this season. Senior forward Wendell McKines will seek another big game though — he had 25 points against New Mexico — to lead the Aggies.

UAPB will begin conference play Tuesday at Mississippi Valley State.