Score: Little Rock 79 – ULM 75 (OT)
Teams: ULM (6-8, 0-1 SBC)
Little Rock (10-4, 1-0 SBC)
Location: Jack Stephens Center/ Little Rock, Ark.
Little Rock, Ark. – The ULM men’s basketball team battled defending SBC tournament champion Little Rock into overtime Saturday but were unable to come away with their first conference win of the year falling by the score of 79-75 in overtime inside the Jack Stephens Center.
THE TURNING POINT
-The Warhawks had the ball at the end of regulation with a chance to take the win, however they came up short missing the layup at the buzzer to force overtime. After making 11-of-24 three-pointers in regulation the Warhawks missed all five of their overtime attempts in the extra session.
-Travis Munnings and Sam McDaniel each paced the Warhawks with 20+ points on Saturday as Munnings he tied his career high with 22 points. Munnings made 6-of-11 from the floor while burying 2-of-3 from beyond the arc and also making 8-of-10 at the foul line to help keep the Warhawks threatening throughout. He also grabbed 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season and the ninth of his career.
-McDaniel shot 7-of-21 from the floor while making 3-of-10 from beyond the arc with 3-of-4 at the foul line for his 20 points. McDaniel has now scored double figures in 11 straight games highlighted by a season-high 21 against Coppin State in last week’s victory. McDaniel is now averaging 15.3 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game over that stretch including three double-doubles.
-As a team, the Warhawks hit 11 three-pointers for the second game in a row, tying the season-high set last time out against Grambling. As a team they have hit 22-of-49 three’s this season, good for 46.8 percent clip from deep.
-The Warhawks and Trojans met for the 30th time on Saturday afternoon in Little Rock, with the Trojans moving to 17-13 all-time. The Warhawk loss was just the second in the last seven meetings in the series.
-The Warhawks fall to 3-8 all-time in SBC openers, as they had won two of their last three openers before today’s loss to Little Rock.
Head Coach Keith Richard
Thought on the game: We competed at a high level today. Little Rock made a few more plays than we did, which was the difference in the game. We are getting better and gained experience even though we came up short.
-Following Saturday afternoon’s loss, the Warhawks will continue Sun Belt Conference play in 2017 as they hit the floor next against Arkansas State on Monday night at 7:00 p.m. from Jonesboro.
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