LITTLE ROCK - South Alabama (12-9, 9-4 SBC) handed
UALR (14-10, 8-5 SBC) just its second home loss of the season on Thursday, topping
the Trojans 70-66 at the Jack Stephens Center. After trailing by as many as 15,
UALR used a late rally to pull within two with less than two minutes to play. But
South Alabama scored the next four points to go back up six, and the Trojans
got no closer than three the rest of the way.
The win snaps
UALR's three-game win streak and gives South Alabama the season sweep against
the Trojans, as the Jaguars took the previous meeting, 77-62, in Mobile, Ala.,
on Dec. 22.
Down by 13 with
6:38 left in the game, UALR went on a 9-to-3 run to pull within seven, 63-56.
After South Alabama's Mychal Ammons hit one of two at the line, freshman Kemy Osse knocked down a three pointer
from the top of the key to make it a five-point game with 2:34 remaining.
Freshman John Gillon was able to
come up with the steal on the other end, and Ben Dillard converted on an old-fashioned three point play in UALR's
next trip down to cut its deficit to two, 64-62.
Alabama came up empty on its next possession, a three-point attempt by junior Will Neighbour that would have given
UALR the lead rimmed out and was rebounded by South Alabama, who proceeded to score
four-unanswered points to push its lead back out to six, 68-62, with 36 seconds
remaining. The Trojans got back within three on another bucket by Dillard with
10 seconds left, but after Ammons made one of two at the line, a three-point
try by Hagins was off the mark, and South Alabama held on for the 70-66 win.
Dillard led UALR
with 15 points on 4-of-6 shooting, and Hagins scored 13 points as the only
other Trojan in double figures. Neighbour grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds but
was limited to just six points on 3-of-11 shooting. Sophomore Michael Javes scored five points and
pulled down a season-high eight rebounds.
led USA with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Teammate Antoine Allen scored 17 points
on 6-of-11 shooting, and Ammons scored 16 points to give the Jaguars three
players in double figures.
As a team, South
Alabama finished the game shooting 41.2 percent from the floor (21-of-51),
while UALR was limited to just 34.4 percent shooting on the night (21-of-61).
finished the night +6 on the glass (43-to-37), but committed 15 turnovers that
led to 23 South Alabama points. UALR's reserves outscored the non-starters from
USA, 22-9, and the Trojans held a 26-to-20 edge in points in the paint.
was able to build a 10-point lead at halftime, 36-26. After playing from behind
for most of the first five-plus minutes, a three pointer by junior Leroy Isler at the 14:02 mark capped a
5-0 run for the Trojans and gave UALR its final lead of the game. Two free
throws by Rubit on the other end immediately regained South Alabama's lead and
began a run of eight-unanswered points by the Jaguars that was part of a larger
15-to-2 run. A trey by Hagins and up-and-under finish by sophomore Taggart Lockhart made up a 5-0 run for
the Trojans that got UALR within seven, 26-19, with less than five minutes to
go in the half. South Alabama answered with eight-straight points to create its
largest lead of the game, 34-19, but the Trojans ended the half on a 7-2 run to
get the deficit down to 10 before heading into the locker room.
UALR returns to
action on Thursday, Feb. 7, when they travel to ULM. Tip-off is set for 7:30