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Sophomore Ben Dillard scored a career-high 17 points in Saturday's win over ULM.
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Trojans Off to 2-0 Start in SBC Play After 83-58 Win Over ULM
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Release: 12/01/2012

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UALR MBB Highlights vs. ULM (Dec. 1, 2012)

LITTLE ROCK - Sophomore Ben Dillard came off the bench to score a career-high 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting to lead UALR (6-3, 2-0 SBC) to an 83-58 win over ULM (0-4, 0-2 SBC) Saturday night at the Jack Stephens Center. The Trojan defense held ULM to 38.9 percent (21-of-54) shooting from the field and set a new season high with 10 made three pointers on the night.

"It's good to get out to a good start," said coach Steve Shields on the team's 2-0 start to Sun Belt Conference play. "If you're going to be in a conference championship race, you have to be able to protect your home court. We've got a group that is a very young group, that stays together and doesn't care who gets the credit, and I thought it showed tonight with us moving the basketball."

UALR finished the game shooting 47.2 percent (25-of-53) from the field and 43.5 percent (10-of-23) from three-point range. The Trojans tied a season high with 17 assists on 25 made baskets and set new season bests for free throw percentage (79.3 percent) and made free throws (23-of-29).

Dillard led three UALR players who finished in double figures. Freshman James White scored 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, and junior Will Neighbour tallied his sixth-straight double-digit scoring game with 13 points on a 4-of-7 effort from the field. Sophomore Taggart Lockhart scored nine points and led all Trojans with seven rebounds on the night.

UALR finished the night with a 36-to-31 advantage on the boards and a 42-to-23 lead in bench scoring.

Jayon James led ULM with 15 points on 5-of-16 shooting, and Marcelis Hansberry chipped in 14 as the only other Warhawk in double figures. Millaun Brown grabbed a game-high eight rebounds and scored five points.

UALR got off to slow start and trailed by as many as seven in a first half that saw the Warhawks begin the game by making five of their first seven shots. A jumper by James game ULM a 13-6 lead at the 16:00 mark of the first half, but UALR evened the score at 14-all on a follow dunk by White at the 11:12 mark that capped an 8-to-1 Trojans' run.

ULM went back up six on back-to-back three pointers by Trent Mackey and Kyle Koszuta, but the Trojans answered with nine-straight points, including eight by Dillard, to take a 23-20 lead. After a free throw by Neighbour made it 32-25 with 0:28 remaining, James scored on a putback with 0:06 left in the half to cut UALR's lead to five at intermission.

A three pointer by sophomore Taggart Lockhart gave UALR its first double-digit lead of the game, 38-28, two and half minutes into the second half. The Trojans' went up 13 on three-straight made free throws before ULM cut the lead to seven on an 8-to-2 run fueled by back-to-back treys by James and Mackey.

Lockhart's second trey of the game put UALR back up 10, 48-38, with 13:04 to play. Two free throws by Dillard made it 60-44 with just under nine minutes remaining, and UALR went up 26 on a jumper by freshman Kemy Osse with 2:37 left in regulation. After a three-pointer by freshman Stetson Billings made it 83-57 with just under a minute remaining, ULM's R.J. McCray knocked down one of two free throws to bring the game to its 83-58 final with 0:42 ticks left on the clock.

UALR returns to action with a pair of non-conference matchups next week, beginning with St. Gregory's on Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. at the Jack Stephens Center. The Trojans will travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats Thursday at 6 p.m.

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