Score: Northwestern State 68 – ULM 64
Teams: ULM (4-6)
Northwestern State (5-4)
Location: CenturyLink Center, Bossier City, La.
Bossier City, La. – The ULM Men’s basketball team used a hot shooting start in the second half to come back on Northwestern State however it was all for not as the Demons held on 68-64 Saturday afternoon in the Shreveport Bossier Holiday Classic tournament inside the CenturyLink Center.
THE TURNING POINT
-Northwestern State shot 61.5 percent in the first half to jump out to a 18 point halftime lead after the Warhawks shot just 33.3 percent in the opening 20 minutes, which turned out to be the difference in the game.
-Sam McDaniel paced the Warhawks with 13 points on Saturday while going 5-of-13 from the floor and grabbing six defensive rebounds.
-Travis Munnings tallied his fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds, making 5-of-9 field goals in the game, including both of his three point attempts. Marcus Washington added 11 points for the Warhawks on 4-of-9 shooting while also adding three assists.
-Munnings and McDaniel continue to put in double-digit points per game, as Munnings has scored at least 10 points in eight straight games (including three double-doubles), while McDaniel has done it in seven straight contests, highlighted by his first double-double a week ago against Jacksonville State.
-Senior guard Nick Coppola picked up seven assists on Saturday and he currently sits third in the country with a 5.09 assist to turnover ratio. He has 56 assists and just 11 turnovers through the Warhawks' first 10 games.
-The Warhawks met with the Demons for the 122nd time on Saturday in Bossier City. The Warhawks still hold a distinct advantage in the head-to-head series with a 73-49 all-time record. The Demons ended the Warhawks three-game winning streak with the win on Saturday.
-ULM continued its strong performance on the offensive glass and has now grabbed eight or more offensive rebounds in all 10 games this season. Travis Munnings leads the way with 22 offensive rebounds and Sam Alabakis has 20 offensive rebounds so far this season.
Head Coach Keith Richard
Thought on the game: I don’t understand why we struggled early tonight. We looked shell-shocked early and we were able to play better in the second half, however, we were too far behind to make up the margin in the game. It seemed like a little bit of everything is why we struggled early but credit to Northwestern as they played extremely well early and were able to put us in that hole.
-Following Saturday’s game, the Warhawks now get set for a quick, two-game road trip to the east coast, beginning with a Tuesday afternoon tilt in Baltimore against Coppin State at 1:00 p.m. CST. The Warhawks then close their pre-Christmas schedule on Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. CST against VCU.
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