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January 12, 2013

Early shooting woes dooms Warhawks

Cold shooting in the first half was too much for the Warhawks to rebound from, as they dropped their second straight Sun Belt Conference game 66 - 57.

"We challenged our team to compete before the game, and not just because it was the next game, but because they are a team that will destroy you if you don't," Head Coach Keith Richard said. "Because of the way they played defense, (we) just couldn't score."

After a bad shooting half, the Warhawks rebounded in the second half to pull within just two points before another drought of over seven minutes closed out the game. Leading the surge was the career high of Amos Olatayo with 24 points.

"I told them at the half, don't hang your head just because you're down," Richard said. "I thought we started making some plays around the rim and we got on a run, and Amos really showed his athleticisim."

Joining Olatayo in double-digit scoring was Jayon James and R.J. McCray with ten points each.

ULM set a new season low with just 19 points in the first half, surpassing the 21 against Southern earlier this season. As a team, the Warhawks shot just 25.9%, 7-27. Leading the team in scoring though was Olatayo with seven points, but was limited in action due to collecting three fouls.

The Warhawks will now take to the road for a pair of Sun Belt games, at South Alabama on Thursday, and at Arkansas State on Saturday. Both of those games are scheduled for 7:05pm tip offs.



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