BATON ROUGE, La. – Down 14 to Southern with 1:16 left in regulation, UALR used a furious rally capped by a Josh Hagins three-pointer with 1.4 seconds remaining to tie the game at 71-all. The Trojans (1-3) went on to outscore the Jaguars (1-5) 14-11 in overtime to earn their first victory of the 2013-14 season by an 85-82 final Friday night at F.G. Clark Activity Center.
“Big win for these guys,” said head coach Steve Shields. “I said after our loss at Middle Tennessee on Monday night that the guys in that locker room continued to fight, stayed together and showed some resilience. I told them if they continued to fight and stick together that good things would happen, and I couldn’t be more pleased for this group of guys.”
After a pair of free throws by Southern’s Christopher Hyder put the Jags up 66-52 with 1:16 left on the clock, a three-pointer by Hagins from the top of the key made it an 11-point game with 1:08 remaining.
Sophomore James White scored inside after Southern threw away the inbounds pass, cutting the Trojans’ deficit to nine. After Calvin Godfrey missed the front end of a one and one, a bucket by senior Will Neighbour made it 66-59 with 49 seconds left. Four straight missed free throws by Southern kept UALR in the game as Hagins scored inside to make it a five-point game with 29 ticks left.
Southern finally connected on two free throws on the other end, but a trey from the corner by sophomore Kemy Osse brought the Trojans’ deficit back to four with 21 seconds on the clock. Two more freebies by Southern again made it a six-point game.
Following an Osse bucket for UALR, the Trojans stole the inbounds pass and junior Ben Dillard drew a foul. Dillard made both at the line to cut the deficit to two. On the other end, Southern was only able to make one of two, making it a three-point game with eight seconds on the clock. Out of timeouts, Hagins took the ball the length of the court and hit a fading three from the corner to force overtime with 1.4 seconds remaining.
In the extra period, UALR trailed by as many as five with 2:26 left. Trailing 78-73, a jumper by Osse started an 8-0 run that put the Trojans up 81-78 with 35 seconds left. Southern pulled with one on two free throws, but Dillard and White combined to go 4 of 4 at the line over the final 18 seconds to put the game out of reach.
Neighbour led UALR with 23 points and a career-best matching 14 rebounds. The game was Neighbour’s eighth career double-double and was his third straight 20-point performance. The Grayshott, England, native scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half and overtime.
Hagins came off the bench to score 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including a 4-of-7 effort from long range. White score six points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked two shots in 19 minutes of work. Osse and Dillard chipped in nine points each.
Banks led Southern with 19 points, while Yondarius Johnson scored 18 and grabbed five rebounds. The Jaguars finished the night shooting 44.1 percent from the field, but connected on just 6 of 25 three-point attempts (24.0 percent) and 24 of 39 free throws (61.5 percent).
UALR shot just 39.7 percent from the floor, but broke out of a shooting slump from three-point range by hitting 6 of 13 treys. The Trojans used a 25-of-35 effort at the foul line (71.4 percent) in the win.
UALR returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 26 against Southern Arkansas at the Jack Stephens Center.