Trojans defend home court by handing St. Gregory’s a 61-point defeat
The UALR men’s basketball team defeated St. Gregory’s University in a game that saw the Trojans best their opponent in nearly every statistical category en route to a 91-30 win on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Jack Stephens Center. With the win against the Cavaliers, the Trojans have won six of their last seven games and are 6-0 at home to begin the season.
The Trojans got off to a hot start, going on a 20-2 scoring run to start the game. The Trojans played with unmatched intensity against the Cavaliers. John Martin, head coach for SGU, tried several different lineup variations in order to combat the aggressive play from the Trojans, but UALR was not to be slowed down.
Steve Shields, head coach of UALR, instructed his players to maintain their defensive intensity against the Cavaliers, despite having a comfortable lead. Shields told his players to mix up their defense, switching between zone and man defenses that seemed to rattle SGU.
Near the nine-minute mark of the first half, freshman Josh Hagins and sophomore Michael Javes were defending a Cavalier player at the top of the three-point line when Hagins stole the ball and headed for the UALR basket. Javes was running to the right side of his teammate as they sprinted down the court with the Cavalier player running between them. As they got to the basket, Javes catapulted himself toward the goal without the ball and Hagins gently sent the ball through the air so Javes could throw down an alley-oop dunk that brought the crowd to its feet.
UALR went into halftime up 46-12.
Junior Will Neighbour put an exclamation on the second half during two back-to-back possessions for the Trojans that resulted in dunks near the 17-minute mark.
As time whittled down, the Trojan players could be seen smiling and giving each other high fives. There was at least one instance in which a UALR player helped a St. Gregory’s player up off the ground in a sign of good sportsmanship.
The Trojans had four players who scored in double figures: freshman John Gillon (17), freshman Kemy Osse (16), freshman Stetson Billings (13) and Javes (11).
Senior Ted Crass had a career high four points in 13 minutes of action.
The Trojans held SGU to 23.5 percent shooting from the field. They also denied SGU every three point shot they took, resulting in 0-13 from beyond the three point line.
UALR had 35 points off turnovers. SGU managed to score four points off of nine UALR turnovers.
The next game for the Trojans will be Dec. 6, when they travel to Ohio to face the nationally ranked Cincinnati Bearcats.