Score: ULM 65 – Coppin State 53
Teams: ULM (5-6)
Coppin State (1-13)
Location: Physical Education Complex, Baltimore Md.
Baltimore, Md. – The ULM men’s basketball team used the strong shooting of Marvin Jean-Pierre early and hung on late to pick up its first road win of the season on Tuesday afternoon, 65-53 over Coppin State.
THE TURNING POINT
-Jean-Pierre’s hot shooting turned out to be the difference for the Warhawks, as he shot 10-of-12 from the floor with a season-high 23 points in the win.
-Jean-Pierre paced the Warhawks with his 23 points while grabbing a season-high six rebounds with five of those coming on the offensive glass.
-Sam McDaniel put in 20 points on Tuesday, finishing with a double-double as he grabbed 10 rebounds. He made 9-of-12 free throws including multiple key free throws down the stretch to clinch the win. McDaniel picked up his second double-double of the season Tuesday.
-Senior guard Nick Coppola had seven points while grabbing five rebounds in the win. He also picked up four more assists and tied a career-high with four steals.
-The Warhawks picked up their first road win of the season as they last won a true road game on Feb 27, 2016 in a 66-51 win against Troy.
-Coppola and McDaniel each played the full 40 minutes in the win Tuesday, marking the third time this season the Warhawks have had at least two players play the full duration of a game.
-The Warhawks as a team grabbed 15 offensive rebounds Tuesday in the win - the seventh time in 11 games that they have grabbed at least 10 offensive rebounds with a season-high coming at Texas where they grabbed 17.
-The Warhawks matched up with the Eagles for the first time in each school’s history on Tuesday afternoon. For the Warhawks, it was the fourth first-time meeting against an opponent this season after they have already battled Seattle, Bryant and Blue Mountain for the first time this season. The Warhawks went 2-2 this year against first time opponents.
Head Coach Keith Richard
Thought on the game: We played better in the first half and struggled down the stretch in the second half but it is hard to win anywhere, especially on the road. Hopefully the fact that we get that feeling can help lead us to a few more victories on the road. Marvin Jean-Pierre was easily the player of the game today for us as he especially had success scoring the ball from 10 feet and in also getting a couple key offensive rebounds and was very active defensively.
-Following Tuesday’s game, the Warhawks close their pre-Christmas schedule on Thursday night with a 6:00 p.m. CST tipoff against VCU.
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