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Sophomore Michael Javes grabbed a season-best seven rebounds and blocked two shots.
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Four Trojans Finish in Double Figures as UALR Tops Jacksonville, 78-56
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Release: 11/21/2012

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UALR MBB Highlights vs. Jacksonville (Nov. 21, 2012)

LITTLE ROCK - UALR finished with a +13 margin on the glass (45-to-32) and ended the night with four players in double figures, as the Trojans (3-2) topped Jacksonville (2-3) 78-56 in their second game in Hoops for Hope Classic Wednesday night at the Jack Stephens Center. Freshman John Gillon led all players with 16 points and four assists, while freshman James White finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and three blocks.

Junior Will Neighbour scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting and pulled down seven rebounds, and sophomore Taggart Lockhart scored a career-high 14 points while adding two steals. Sophomore Michael Javes grabbed a season-best seven boards and blocked two shots.    

Freshman Josh Hagins scored a career-best eight points on a perfect 3-fo-3 effort from the field, including 2-of-2 from three-point range, to go along with three assists.

The Trojans ended the night with 16 assists to tie a season high, while their seven blocks were a season best.

UALR ended the night shooting 45.3 percent from the floor and held the Dolphins to just 35.1 percent for the game. The Trojans' doubled the Dolphins' output in the paint, 36-to-18, while leading in second-chance points (20-to-11), points off turnovers (20-to-15) and fast-break points (8-0). The Trojans' bench outscored JU's bench 24-to-21.

Leading by 15 at the half, the Trojans' second-half lead got as low as six when Tyler Alderman knocked down a pair of free throws to cut it to 48-42 with just over 14 minutes remaining. The Trojans answered by scoring eight of the next 12 points, as a three by Gillon at the 9:37 returned the Trojans' lead to double digits, 58-48.

Consecutive jumpers by White and Neighbour put UALR up 16, 69-53, with just under four minutes left in the game, and another trey by Gillon put UALR up 21 less than two minutes later.

UALR's 78 points were its second-highest total of the season, trailing only the 84 it put up against UT Martin in the season opener.

UALR took a 42-27 lead into intermission thanks to a 32-17 halftime edge on the boards and 17-combined points from White and Lockhart. Lockhart led all scorers with at the half with nine points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field. White knocked down 3-of-5 for eight points to go along with five rebounds and a blocked shot.

Lockhart sparked a UALR run with six-straight points to put the Trojans up seven, 22-15, while his trey at the 8:58 mark put UALR up 11, 28-17.

Hagins drained a three at the 5:37 mark to put UALR up 13, 33-20, but Jacksonville answered with five-straight points to get the deficit back to single digits. The Trojans closed the half on a 7-2 run that was capped by a reverse lay-in from Gillon to give UALR its biggest lead of the first 20 minutes, 42-27, heading into intermission.

UALR returns to action on Saturday when they continue the Hoops for Hope Classic against SMU in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m.

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