Trojans hit the boards, secure victory
After playing University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, the Trojans faced a quick turnaround, hosting Jacksonville on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at the Jack Stephens Center.
UALR failed to rebound well enough against Milwaukee, but secured the 59-43 victory by shooting 56 percent from the field in the second half, while limiting the Panthers to just seven made field goals as they went 7-for-28 from the floor.
Against the Dolphins, the Trojans employed much the same script in the second half of Wednesday night’s game, again shooting 56 percent from the floor while Jacksonville countered with just an 8-for-23 effort in the second campaign.
The difference in this game was the ferocity in which UALR hit the boards. The Trojans out rebounded the Dolphins by a margin of 13.
The Trojans improved their offensive rebounding in this game. The Trojans were able to grab 19 offensive rebounds, an improvement of 14 rebounds from the game against UWM.
All this surmounted to an impressive 78-56 win against the Dolphins, with Trojan point guard John Gillon leading all scorers with 16 points on 5-of-13 shooting to go along with five rebounds and four assists.
The Trojans opened the first five minutes with a 7-2 run, culminating with a jumper from freshman forward James White at the 15:08 mark in the first half. White finished with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting, to go along with eight rebounds and three blocks.
UALR dominated the paint, doubling up the Dolphins 16 points in the paint with 36 of their own.
Sophomore guard Taggart Lockhart finished with a career-high 14 points, going 6-of-11 shooting from the floor to go along with two steals.
The Trojans ended the first half leading by 15, 42-27.
Jacksonville was able to whittle away at the lead, getting it to six points at 12:36 mark, before the Trojans were able to stretch it back to 10 on a three-pointer by Gillon with 9:37 left in the game.
The Dolphins were never able to shrink the lead to below 10 points again.
UALR will play next on Saturday, Nov. 24 against Southern Methodist University in Puerto Vallarta, Mex. as part of the Hope for Hoops Classic.
The Trojans next home game will be on Nov. 29, when they host Troy at the Jack Stephens Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.