Score: VCU 78 – ULM 65
Teams: ULM (5-7)
Location: E.J. Wade Arena / Richmond, Va.
Richmond, Va. – The ULM men’s basketball team battled in a tough atmosphere on Thursday night, however could not overcome 13 second half turnovers as host VCU overpowered the Warhawks 78-65 in E.J. Wade Arena.
THE TURNING POINT
-VCU came out in the second half and created a ton of pressure, forcing 13 second half turnovers which led to the Rams overpowering ULM Thursday night.
-Jordon Harris and Sam McDaniel paced the Warhawks with 15 points each. Harris shot 6-of-14 from the floor while also burying 3-of-8 three-pointers.
-McDaniel picked up his second double-double of the week after adding 10 rebounds to his 15-point night, as he made 5-of-10 field goals and was a perfect 1-of-1 from deep.
-Senior Marcus Washington added 11 points off the bench for the Warhawks by going 4-of-9 shooting from the floor while grabbing five rebounds and dishing a team-best three assists.
-The Rams dominated the specialty stats, as they outscored ULM 35-30 in points in the paint, held a 26-19 margin in points off of turnovers and had a 31-13 advantage in bench scoring.
-VCU had four players score in double figures, paced by Mo Alie-Cox's game-high 16 points while grabbing five rebounds and three critical blocks. JeQuan Lewis had 14 points with five rebounds as he dished out five assists and grabbed six steals for the Rams.
-As a team, the Warhawks grabbed 14 offensive rebounds Thursday night - the eighth time in 12 games that they have grabbed at least 10 offensive rebounds with a season-high coming at Texas when they grabbed 17. Sam McDaniel leads the way with 27 offensive rebounds on the season with Travis Munnings close behind with 26.
Head Coach Keith Richard
Thought on the game: We struggled there in that middle portion of the second half and it changed the whole complexion of the game. VCU kind of flexed their muscles at that point of the game and we had some possessions where we would get the defensive rebound but would turn it over and we cant do that against a team of this caliber. Give credit to VCU as this was their 89th sellout in a row and it reminds me a lot of when we played in Kansas a few years ago. There are a lot of similarities in the two atmospheres. There is definitely not a question tonight of our competivitness, as we most definitely competed tonight on both ends of the floor and if we can carry some of what we learned on this trip to Sun Belt Conference play than that can be a really good thing going forward.
-Following Thursday’s loss, the Warhawks now begin preparation for a matchup with in-state foe Grambling on Wednesday, December 28. Tipoff will be at 7:00 p.m. inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
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