Trojans win road contest in OT
UALR needed two three-pointers in the final 10 seconds of regulation to send the game to overtime before finally beating the University of Louisiana at Lafayette 72-70 in on Thursday, Feb. 9 at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La.
The win extends the Trojans current win streak to four games and keeps them alone atop the West Division standings.
“I’m proud of our guys,” said head coach Steve Shields in the press release. “We weren’t perfect by any means, but if we continue to bring intensity and effort to the floor on a consistent basis, we can compete on a nightly basis.”
UALR (12-13, 9-2 Sun Belt) was down by four points with 19 seconds remaining before Sophomore forward Will Neighbour hit a three-pointer at the 10 second mark to bring the Trojans within one at 63-62. Sophomore guard Chuck Guy fouled ULL guard Bryant Mbamalu, who made both free throws, putting the Trojans down three points at 65-62, with nine seconds left in the game.
Guy hit a three-pointer with one second left to tie the game and the Trojans went on to score on four of their first five possessions in overtime and the Ragin’ Cajuns were never able to regain the lead.
The Trojans were led by Senior point guard D’Andre Williams who had a career-high 24 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the floor and 10-of-13 from the foul line to go along with three steals and five assists.
Guy and Neighbour each had 14 points while senior forward Courtney Jackson had nine.
For the fourth-consecutive game UALR had less than 10 turnovers, committing only eight for the game versus 17 for ULL.
The Trojans will travel to Middle Tennessee for their next game and take on the Blue Raiders at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11. The game will feature the two division leaders in the Sun Belt Conference and is scheduled to televised on ESPN2.