Louisiana-Monroe 58, Arkansas-Little Rock 57
LITTLE ROCK (AP)—Poor shooting in the second half caused Arkansas-Little Rock to lose its 10-point halftime lead in a 58-57 loss to Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday.
The Trojans (10-14, 5-8 Sun Belt Conference) shot just 29 percent in the second half, and the Warhawks took advantage of that, with three players finishing the game in double digits.
With 18 seconds remaining, Arkansas-Little Rock pulled within a point with a layup by Lekheythan Malone.
A free throw by Louisiana-Monroe’s Tony Hooper gave the Warhawks (14-10, 8-4) a 58-56 lead. With 2.1 seconds left, Arkansas-Little Rock’s Steven Moore was fouled—but the freshman was only able to hit one free throw.
“We had to guard the three-point line and guard the basketball a lot more individually tonight than we usually do because of their ability to shoot the ball,” Arkansas-Little Rock coach Steve Shields said. “We felt like we needed to keep the defensive field goal percentage in the 20s but they started the second half 5-for-7 from the floor and that really set the tone.”
The Warhawks were led by Gerard Jackson’s 15 points. Hooper and Jonas Brown each added 14 points. De’Andre Eggins led the Trojans with 16 points.