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Warhawks Fly Past Bulldogs 86-52 in Home Opener
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Release: November 18, 2013
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MONROE, La. – Four ULM men’s basketball student-athletes reached double-figure points as the Warhawks cruised to an 86-52 victory over Samford in the 2013-14 home opener at Fant-Ewing Coliseum on Monday.

Senior Amos Olatayo led the charge for ULM (1-1) with a game-high 22 points. He shot 10-for-13 from the field and hit a pair of three-pointers. Senior Jayon James and junior Tylor Ongwae followed with 14 points apiece, while sophomore Daniel Grieves pitched in with 13 points off the bench.

James was one rebound away from a double-double as he brought down nine. Freshman Nick Coppola distributed the wealth with a game-high six assists.

The Warhawks held Samford (1-3) to 38.6 percent shooting from the field including a 1-for-15 mark (6.7 percent) from beyond-the-arc. The Bulldogs had hit at least seven threes in all of its first three contests this season. Tim Williams led the team with 14 points while Tyler Hood tallied 12.

ULM held a 14-0 edge in fast-break points and a 23-7 clip in points off turnovers. 12 different Warhawks played in the game and 11 grabbed at least one rebound. ULM out-rebounded Samford 42-32.

The Warhawks held a slight 11-10 advantage early when they went on an 8-0 run to jump ahead 19-10 after a fast-break lay-up by Ongwae with 8:55 remaining in the first half. Still leading 34-24 with 2:08 left, ULM closed out the half on a 6-0 run to create distance at 44-27. James ended the half on a high-note after grabbing a steal and throwing down a big dunk with two seconds remaining.

ULM picked up where it left off to begin the second half, increasing its lead to 58-31 with 15:12 left in the game. Grieves hit two of his three long-range shots to spark the 14-4 run. He finished the game 5-for-7 shooting.

The Warhawks kept pouring it on and boosted their lead to 84-43 with 2:48 remaining after junior Chinedu Amajoyi hit his second field goal of the game. Amajoyi registered six points in the contest.

Five different ULM student-athletes recorded a block in the game, including a big swat by sophomore DeMondre Harvey in the second half. Harvey grabbed five rebounds in the game.

The Warhawks will look to duplicate their performance on Thursday when they travel to Natchitoches, La., for a 7:00 p.m. game against Northwestern State at Prather Coliseum. Follow the ULM men’s basketball program on twitter, @ULM_MBB, for all of the latest news and live in-game updates.

NOTES
 - The 34 point win was the largest margin of victory for ULM since a 97-43 win over Union College (Ky.) on Jan. 3, 2009. It was ULM’s most lop-sided score over a Division I program since Feb. 3, 2000 when it defeated Lamar 95-58

- Senior Amos Olatayo has scored in double-figures in 10 consecutive games dating back to last season. It was his 10th career 20+ scoring game

- ULM improved to 385-163 all-time in Fant-Ewing Coliseum in its 43rd season in the arena

- The Warhawks moved to 7-4 all-time against Samford, including a 5-0 mark at home

- ULM is now 16-6 all-time against teams currently in the Southern Conference

- ULM won its non-conference home opener for the second year in the row after a 68-61 win over Southeastern Louisiana in overtime last season

- Sophomore Daniel Grieves has hit five of his first seven three-pointers on the season and is shooting .714 from beyond-the-arc. He went two-for-two from long-range in the season opener against No. 5/6 Kansas

Quoting Head Coach Keith Richard
Opening Statement
"I thought two things happened in particular that I was really happy to see. First of all, we wanted to run them off the three-point line. They had four attempts in the first half and no makes. That was a point of emphasis for us and along with that came a bunch of turnovers, which we were able to fast-break on and establish that lead. We had 15 in the first half points off turnovers, I think and 6-0 off the fast break. I'm really happy with the players and the way they listened and executed what we were trying to do there. And then in the first five minutes of the second half, they really made it a no-doubt. I thought the five that were on the floor, Daniel Grieves and the other four that came in really established it on the defensive end. We made some three on the other end, which helped, but those first five minutes, as you well know from watching us over the last three years have been tough because of a lack of depth or fatigue or whatever you want to call it. I was really happy with those first five minutes of the second half and we spread it out."

On the bench play in the second half and Daniel Grieves
"What's so nice about Daniel playing well tonight and making those baskets was that he's practiced real well all week. I acknowledged him to the team. It's amazing when you practice hard and play well, good things can happen for you and we surely need points off our bench. We got out-scored badly by Kansas off the bench. We got outscored in our two scrimmages bad. It's something that we've talked about with even bringing one of the starters off the bench just to keep them scoring. It's nice to see Daniel come off the bench and get 13 points. That's good for his confidence and good for our team."

On the play of Amos Olatayo/Jayon James
"I thought Amos and Jayon played really, really well. They played like seniors are supposed to play.  They didn't play out of control.  They stayed within the game plan. They stuck with it. I was really happy with their maturity and the way they played."

On the first game in 10 days:
"Well, we were struggling to catch our breath in the first five minutes out there on the floor. We were down 6-2, but you could tell that all that was was due to the fact we haven't played in 10 days, but once we got our second wind and settled in in that second five minutes, we really started to get some things done and move the ball around the floor like we wanted to. You can tell if we can get some stops on defense, we have a team that can run it down and score, but we have to get stops on the defensive end and we're going to keep working on that."
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