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December 9, 2013

Warhawks set to take on Nighthawks

The ULM Warhawks (2-1)return to the hardwood Monday night after the school's longest stretch between games. 17 days ago the Warhawks came from 18 points down to defeat Northwestern State on the road 84-80.

Monday night's game against Thomas (Ga.) (7-3, 0-1) of the NAIA ranks will be the first meeting between the two schools. The Nighthawks are in their first year of playing since being disbanded after the 2000-01 season.

Through the team's first 10 games of their inaugural season, Justyn Watkins leads the NighHawks with a 23.8 points per game average, while playing 33 minutes per contest. When the 6'5" forward does have an off night, happening twice this season, junior Max Grace picks up the slack. Grace is averaging double-digit scoring.

ULM will be looking for the hot hand of senior guard Amos Olatayo to pace the Warhawks. Last time out, Olatayo matched his career high with 30 points, helping the team to shoot 80% from the floor in overtime.

Notes:

- ULM's 2-1 record is its best after three games since 2006-07 when the Warhawks went on to win the SBC West Division. ULM will look to reach the 3-1 mark for the first time since 2004-05 when it started 4-1

- The Warhawks will look to improve to 2-0 at home for the first time since 2009-10. ULM won its home opener in a 86-52 thumping over Samford on Nov. 18

- ULM is looking to win three consecutive games for the first time since 2007-08 when it defeated Alcorn State (Nov. 27), Iowa (Nov. 30) and Rice (Dec. 1)

- Four players have scored in double-figures for ULM in both of its last two contests. Junior Marvin Williams notched his first career double-double against Northwestern State with 13 points and 10 rebounds - The Warhawks lead the Sun Belt Conference in field goal percentage (.494), three-point defense (.240), assists (16.3 apg), steals (7.7 spg) and defensive rebounds (29.3 drpg)

- Olatayo leads the league in field goal percentage (.722) and Coppola is first in assists (5.3 apg). Olatayo is second in the conference in scoring (21.0 ppg) and James is second in defensive rebounds (6.0 drpg)

- Olatayo and sophomore Daniel Grieves are both shooting at a .500 mark from beyond-the-arc after three games. Olatayo has hit 4-for-8, while Grieves has made 5-of-10

- ULM has shot over 50 percent from the field in both of its last two games





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