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Trojans lose play-in game, season over

Submitted by Tony Lenahan on March 18, 2011 – 12:53 pmOne Comment

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After finding out its destination in its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1990 on Sunday, March 13, the UALR men’s basketball team lost 81-77 to the UNC-Asheville Bulldogs in the play-in game on Tuesday, March 15, to end the Trojans’ season. The No. 16-seed Asheville will now face No. 1-seed Pittsburgh on Thursday.

Down 4-2 at the 19:06 mark in the first half, the Trojans (19-17) went on a 15-4 run the next 6:26 to take an 11-point lead. UALR was up 27-16 after a Solomon Bozeman free throw with 7:31 remaining in the half, but the Bulldogs (20-13) went up by two points with 1:12 left after a 17-4 run. Senior Alex Garcia-Mendoza made a layup and was fouled as time expired in the half. He made the foul shot to give the Trojans a 37-33 halftime lead.

The Trojans never trailed in the second half and led 57-47 with 11:48 left, but the Bulldogs wouldn’t go away. Down by three with :56 remaining, UNC-Asheville freshman leading scorer Matt Dickey hit a 3-pointer to tie the game 72-72 with :11 left. Trojan senior guard Matt Mouzy missed a 3-pointer from the corner with :01 to send the game into overtime.

UALR junior forward Marlon Louzeiro made a layup with 1:56 left in overtime to give the Trojans a 77-76 lead, but Mendoza fouled J.P. Primm, who made two foul shots to give Asheville a one-point lead at the 1:11 mark. Bulldog junior Quinard Jackson stole the ball from point guard D’Andre Williams. Williams fouled Primm, who made 1-2 free throws to make it a two-point Asheville lead with 1:01 left. Trojan freshman Chuck Guy made a bad pass that was stolen by Primm with :27 left. Primm was fouled with :12 left and made two foul shots for the final margin.

Mendoza led the Trojans with 21 points, shooting 5-7 from the field and 9-11 from the free-throw line. Bozeman had 18 points while Williams had nine points, and led UALR with 10 assists and seven rebounds. Dickey and Primm each scored 22 points to lead UNC-Asheville.

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