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ULM Rallies for 65-64 Victory Over Florida Atlantic

Release: 12/29/2012
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MONROE, La. -- Sophomore Trent Mackey hit a 3-pointer with eight seconds remaining as ULM came from behind to defeat Florida Atlantic 65-64 on Saturday inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum.

ULM (2-7, 1-2 SBC) scored the final five points of the game and got a chance at the win after FAU's Stefan Moody missed a pair of free throws with 35 seconds remaining. After freshman Kyle Koszuta missed a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession, junior Marcelis Hansberry pulled down the rebound and found Mackey open for his fifth 3-pointer of the game.

Mackey finished with 19 points, including 5-of-11 shooting from 3-point range. The Tampa, Fla., native has now knocked in five or more 3s in three straight games. Junior forward Jayon James led the Warhawks with a career-high 26 points to go with 10 rebounds, two assists and three steals. It marked James' third double-double of the season and his fifth straight game with double-digit rebounds.

Mackey and James took over down the stretch for the Warhawks in the second half as ULM rallied from a 10-point deficit. Mackey hit a 3-pointer to ignite an 11-2 run as ULM got within 56-55 with 3:30 to play.

A pair of free throws and a clutch 3-pointer on the wing by Pablo Bertone pushed the Owls lead back to 61-55 and Florida Atlantic led by four with 54 seconds remaining before ULM rallied for the win.

Greg Gantt led Florida Atlantic (6-8, 2-2 SBC) with 25 points on 10-of-19 shooting. Gantt scored 10 points during a 12-0 Florida Atlantic run that gave the Owls a 40-30 advantage early in the second half. Bertone chipped in 19 points and Jordan McCoy contributed 14 points for FAU.

ULM led for most of the first half and took a 28-26 advantage into the break - its first lead at intermission this season.

ULM is back in action on Thursday when it hosts South Alabama at 7:30 p.m. inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum.  

Postgame Quotes from ULM Head Coach Keith Richard

On the victory:
"I'm so proud of those players. I can't tell you how proud I am. They had every reason to quit in that last half and just refused. It's a good lesson for us. We need to remember it's never over and to just keep fighting and they did. We had one good crack to take the lead and we did."

On the play of Jayon James:
"There was no way around it the way they were playing us defensively. We had to feed it to him because they were letting us throw it in there basically. When a team does that, you don't have another alternative and you have to go make some plays in there. He did make some great plays. We had to remind him at half about how he was making those plays. It wasn't from fall away shots. It was from tough man shots, and I thought he really responded, especially in the second half."

On the play of Trent Mackey:
"I had to remind him during the course of the game about who he was. He has to shoot when he has an opening. I thought even on a couple of misses, he had the right body language he has to have when he shoots the ball."

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