Score: ULM 88 – Jacksonville St. 83 (OT)
Teams: ULM (3-5, 0-0 SBC)
Jacksonville State (5-5, 0-0 OVC)
Location: Fant-Ewing Coliseum/Monroe, La.
Monroe, La. – The ULM Men’s basketball team battled throughout Saturday night against Jacksonville State but used Senior Nick Coppola’s season-high 23 points to propel them to an 88-83 win in overtime. Coppola became the 36th member of the 1,000 point club on Saturday as he helped lead the Warhawks to the victory over the Gamecocks.
THE TURNING POINT
-The Warhawks used a season-high night at the free throw line to propel them into the victory as they hit 27-of-38 atempts, led by Coppola’s 11-of-12 and six-of-six down the stretch in overtime.
-With 7:23 to play in the second half, Coppola stepped to the line and buried two free throws which pushed him over the 1,000 point plateau and he then hit back-to-back three-pointers to propel the Warhawks to a double digit lead at the time.
-Nick Coppola paced the Warhawks as one of five Warhawks in double figures with 23 points as he eclipsed the 1,000 point mark this evening. Coppola was 5-of-12 from the floor and made 11-of-12 from the foul line including going a perfect 6-of-6 from the stripe in the OT session to help propel the Warhawks to a victory.
-Travis Munnings set a new season-high with 19 points, hitting a career best four threes and dishing out a career-best six assists. Sam McDaniel tied a career-high with 17 points and had his first double-double as a Warhawk as he grabbed 12 rebounds in the victory.
-Senior Marcus Washington had 13 points, setting a new career-high as he hit 5-of-7 from the floor, including the Warhawks' first seven points to help jumpstart the offense on Saturday. Marvin Jean-Pierre rounded out the double figure scoring with 11 points.
-Coppola became the 36th member of the 1,000 point club Saturday night in the win and was the first Warhawk to hit the milestone since Tony Hooper did it during the 2007-08 season. Hooper finished his career with 1,592 points and currently ranks 6th all-time in school history in points.
-The Warhawks ended up with five players in double figures - the third time this season that the Warhawks have had at least five score in double figures. In the previous two instances, ULM defeated Stephen F. Austin and lost to Seattle in overtime.
-Travis Munnings and Sam McDaniel became the second Warhawk duo this season to play in all 45 minutes of a game. Coppola and Jordon Harris did the same in the Warhawks' overtime game against Seattle earlier this season.
-The Warhawks continued their strong performance on the offensive glass and have now grabbed nine offensive rebounds in all eight games this season.
-The Warhawks continued their home magic on Saturday night and have now won 16 in a row at home. ULM is 30-4 over the last two-plus seasons.
-The Warhawks move to 47-45 all-time in overtime games and have won OT games in each of the last four seasons. The Warhawks are now 24-12 all-time in OT games inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
-The Warhawks moved to 2-0 in the all-time series against the Gamecocks as the Warhawks won the first meeting 57-50 back in the 2010 Global Sports Roundball Classic.
Head Coach Keith Richard
Thought on the game: I am proud of our team persevering and getting a win that we really needed tonight. A big key for us was being able to defend without fouling as much. We would have liked for it to be lower but it was a step in the right direction as they didn’t get in the double bonus in either half until late. Before we were letting that occur in the first 10 minutes. It was encouraging to hit the free throws down the stretch in overtime because we missed some at the end of regulation which could have helped us win it in regulation.
Senior Guard Nick Coppola
Eclipsing the 1,000 point mark: It is a great accomplishment as I have been playing here for four years. The coaches have trusted me and have me on the floor quite often. To hit the mark tonight feels good for sure.
-Following Saturday night’s overtime win, the Warhawks have a quick turnaround as they host Blue Mountain Monday night inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum at 7:00 p.m.
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