Score: ULM 72 – Blue Mountain 41
Teams: ULM (4-5)
Blue Mountain (5-2)
Location: Fant-Ewing Coliseum/Monroe, La.
MONROE, La. – The ULM men’s basketball team used a lights-out second half shooting performance to race past visiting Blue Mountain College on Monday night in route to a 72-41 victory. The Warhawks outscored the Toppers 43-15 in the second half.
THE TURNING POINT
-Leading by three at the half, the Warhawks turned on the jets after intermission and left no doubt, shooting 72.7 percent from the floor in the second half in route to Monday night’s victory.
-Sam McDaniel paced the Warhawks with a season-high 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor to go along seven rebounds. McDaniel also buried all three of his shots from beyond the arc.
-Travis Munnings put up his third double-double of the season and seventh of his career as he had 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Marcus Washington and Jordon Harris each added 11 points to round out the four Warhawks in double figures.
-The Warhawks shot a season-best from the floor for a half with the 72.7 percent clip in the second half. The last Warhawk shooting performance that high for a half was December 2015 when they shot 75.0 percent in a 101-76 win over Central Baptist.
-ULM held Blue Mountain under 50 points on Monday night - the first time the Warhawks have accomplished that feat since last season’s home opener against McMurry (an 88-43 victory).
-ULM continues to protect its home court with Monday night’s victory. The Warhawks move to 31-4 over their last two and a half seasons inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum and have now won their last 17 games. They move into a tie for seventh in the nation with their 17-game home win streak, joining both Miami and Yale..
-As a team ULM shot 9-of-10 from the foul line, led by Munnings' perfect 5-for-5. The Warhawks last posted a 90 percent night at the foul line when they shot 10-of-11 against Georgia Southern on March 14, 2015.
Head Coach Keith Richard
Thought on the game: I am very pleased with the second half effort and our team learned a valuable lesson about playing inside-out. We didn’t take bad shots early on tonight, we just didn’t produce anything in the interior and we discussed ways to improve that because it was all about our offense and we came out in the second half and pushed the ball inside.
-Following Monday night’s victory, the Warhawks are now set to head over to Bossier City for a neutral site matchup with Northwestern State on Saturday afternoon. Tip off from Centurylink Center will be at 4:30 p.m.
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