phomore James White recorded his first career
double-double and UALR (3-4) finished with four players in double
figures as the Trojans rolled to an 88-74 win over UAFS (6-0) Tuesday
night at the Jack Stephens Center. White scored
11 points and grabbed a career-best 11 boards while totaling two blocks
and two steals.
"I thought our guys did a really good job from an energy standpoint
tonight," said head coach Steve Shields. "Josh Newman does a heck of a
job with that team. He's got a team that's No. 18 in the country (in the
NCAA Division II poll) and rightfully so.
They're hard to guard. They shoot the ball extremely well. They get up
and down the floor. They're very efficient."
UALR's 45 rebounds on the night were a season high, as were its 17 on the offensive end.
White's 11 led the team, followed by six from sophomore Josh Hagins
and five from senior Will Neighbour. The Trojans dished out 19 assists
on 31 made field goals while shooting 47.7 percent from the floor (31 of
65) and 42.9 percent from three-point range
(9 of 21).
Kenny Martin scored 15 points on the night to lead UAFS, who will count the game as an exhibition as an NCAA Division II member.
Neighbour recorded his seventh straight double-digit scoring game
to start the year, finishing with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting and
2-of-3 from three-point range. Freshman Mareik Isom scored 12 points on
5-of-8 shooting in 10 minutes off the bench. Hagins
tallied 11 thanks in part to a 3-of-5 shooting effort from 3-point
Junior DeVonte Smith tallied a season-high nine assists against zero turnovers in 30 minutes of work.
UALR was able to run out to a 45-29 lead at halftime. Four quick
points by Neighbour jumpstarted an 11-1 run to start the game for the
Trojans. UAFS pulled within one on a 3-pointer by Mytaa'h Crawford at
the 11:29 mark, but back-to-back buckets by Leeper
pushed the Trojans' edge back out to six, 20-14.
UALR's lead again reached double digits when a pair of free throw
by White made it 29-18 with just over eight minutes left in the half.
The Lions were able to get it back to single digits on a couple of free
throws by Trammel White before an 8-0 spurt
capped by an Isom jumper gave UALR a 17-point lead with under five
minutes in the half.
A trey by Isom at the 3:12 mark put UAL R up 42-24, its first of
two 18-point leads in the opening half. Two free throws by sophomore
Kemy Osse with 1:13 left put the Trojans up 45-27 before a Martin jumper
made it 45-29 heading into intermission.
UAFS began the second half hot from long range, connecting on six
3-pointers before the second media timeout. A trey by Jake Toupal got
the Lions within 11, 59-48, at the 13:56 mark, but a trey by Neighbour
and layup by senior Leroy Isler stretched UALR's
lead back to 16.
The Trojans' lead reached as high as 25 on a 12-foot bank shot by Neighbour with 5:30 remaining.
All 11 of UALR's dressed players scored and saw at least 10 minutes of action.
UALR returns to action on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. when they play at
Tulsa in the second half of a UALR-Tulsa men's and women's doubleheader.