UALR MBB Highlights vs. Arkansas State (March 2, 2013)
- Trailing 50-40 with less than 13 minutes to play, UALR (17-14, 11-9 SBC) used
a 16-0 run to take its first lead of the game and never looked back, as the
Trojans capped their regular season with a 78-71 win over Arkansas State
(18-11, 12-8 SBC) on Saturday at the Jack Stephens Center. The win gives UALR a
13-3 home record on the year, tying it with the 2007-08 UALR team for the most
wins at the Jack Stephens Center in a single season.
"I'm proud of our basketball team; I thought they
showed some resiliency tonight," said head coach Steve Shields. "When you think about it being senior night, Ted Crass symbolizes what this team is
about ... I've never had a guy that brings so much energy each and every day to
practice, and pulls for every one of those guys every day."
The lone senior on the 2012-13 Trojans, Crass was
honored in a pregame ceremony and made his first career start in UALR's win on
Saturday, coming up with one steal in three minutes of action.
After allowing ASU to shoot 50 percent in the first
half and take a three-point lead into the locker room, UALR limited the Red
Wolves to just 9-of-25 shooting in the second half (36.0 percent). UALR knocked
down 46.4 percent of its shots in the second half and hit 16-of-20 free throws
(80.0 percent) over the final 20 minutes. The Trojans finished the game
shooting 82.9 percent from the foul line (29-of-35), while ASU hit just 64.5
percent (20-of-31) of its foul shots.
In a game that featured 59 fouls and seven technical
fouls, UALR was outrebounded 34-to-28, but finished with a 24-to-6 edge in
points-in-the-paint and an 18-to-8 lead in points off turnovers. The Trojans
committed just ten turnovers while forcing the Red Wolves into 16 on the night.
Gillon led UALR with a career-high 24 points on a 15-of-18 effort at the foul
line. Gillon's 15 made free throws set a new Jack Stephens Center record,
breaking John Fowler's (2007-09) record
of 13 set against ULM on Dec. 31, 2008.
Led by Gillon, UALR finished with a 45-to-24 edge in bench scoring.
Isler was the only other Trojan in double figures, finishing with 13 on
5-of-9 shooting from the floor. Sophomore Michael
Javes chipped in nine points in 20 minutes of work.
The Red Wolves' Marcus Hooten led all scorers on
Saturday with 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Hooten knocked down all three of
his three-point tries and went 4-of-5 at the line. Trey Finn scored 14 points
on a 3-of-6 effort from long range.
After pulling within five on a three-pointer by
freshman Josh Hagins that made it
45-40 at the 13:44 mark of the second half, UALR surrendered back-to-back
buckets to ASU that allowed the Red Wolves to build their largest lead of the game at 50-40. The Trojans then went on one of their most impressive scoring spurts of
the season, rattling off nine points in 62 seconds thanks to a four-point play
by Gillon, a three-pointer by Isler and a coast-to-coast finish by Gillon.
Within one, a jump hook by sophomore Gus
Leeper gave UALR its first lead of the game at 51-50 with 10:46 to play.
A layup by Hagins and another bucket by Leeper put the
Trojans on top 55-50, and a made free throw by Gillon following a technical
called on the ASU bench capped UALR's 16-0 run and made it 56-50 with just over
nine minutes left.
Arkansas State refused to go away, cutting its deficit
to three on four occasions over the final nine minutes. A finish at the rim by
Hooten at the 2:23 mark got the Red Wolves as close as 68-65, but junior Will Neighbour provided the answer with
a fallaway jumper to put the Trojans back up five. Two made free throws by sophomore
Ben Dillard pushed the lead to
seven, and two more free throws by Gillon built a nine-point lead for the home
team with 51 seconds remaining.
A three pointer by Cameron Golden got ASU back within
six, but Gillon knocked down UALR's final four free throws of the night to give
UALR the 78-71 victory.
Saturday's win caps the regular season for UALR, and
the Trojans will resume play at the Sun Belt Conference Tournament on Saturday,
March 9 at Summit Arena in Hot Springs, Ark. UALR will be the No. 5-seed at the
tournament and will square off against No. 4-seeded FIU on Saturday at 6 p.m.