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December 14, 2013

Late surge not enough for ULM

BATON ROUGE, La. - The ULM men's basketball program scored the final 11 points of the game, but the final outcome came just short as the Warhawks fell 61-54 at LSU on Saturday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The Warhawks (3-2) trailed 61-43 with 4:33 remaining when they started to push for a final comeback. Four different ULM student-athletes scored during the 11-0 spurt but LSU (6-2) was able to hold the Warhawks off.

Junior Marvin Williams led ULM offensively with 14 points on 7-for-10 shooting. Junior Tylor Ongwae and senior Amos Olatayo were right behind with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Olatayo also brought down a game-high eight rebounds.

For the Tigers, Jordan Mickey recorded a game-high 25 points and Andre Stringer had 10.

ULM scored the first basket of the game on an Olatayo lay-in for its first lead of the game. LSU responded with hot shooting and got out to a 19-12 advantage at the 11:07 mark.

The Warhawks answered with a 7-1 run to cut the deficit to 20-19, and took the lead 22-20 on a three-pointer by sophomore Daniel Grieves with 7:02 left in the half.

LSU came back with a 6-0 run and kept the lead into the intermission, 31-26, despite the teams being even in rebounding at 15 apiece. Olatayo, Grieves and Williams each had six points to lead the Warhawks at the break.

The Warhawks again grabbed the first basket of the half on a jumper by Williams to make it 31-28, but were forced to call timeout at the 15:09 mark trailing 46-30. ULM cut the deficit to 48-35 with 12:12 remaining after a dunk by senior Millaun Brown, but the Tigers were able to push their lead back up to 59-41 at the 5:55 mark.

ULM will be back in action on Wednesday for a 6:00 p.m. road game at Ole Miss. ULM will look to complete an undefeated non-conference home schedule on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 7:00 p.m. when it hosts La. Tech in a marquee match-up.

- ULM dropped its first game in 36 days. Its last defeat came on Nov. 8 in the season opener at No. 5/6 Kansas. It was ULM's longest stretch without a loss since 1993-94 when it went from Jan. 18 - Feb. 28 between defeats

- Olatayo, Williams and Ongwae all registered their fourth double-figure scoring games on the season. It was the fourth in a row for Ongwae, and the 12th in the last 13 games for Olatayo dating back to last season

- At least three ULM student-athletes have scored in double-figures for ULM in every game this season

- ULM entered the game leading the Sun Belt Conference in steals (7.8 s/g) and had 10 in the game.

- Sophomore Daniel Grieves remains at a .500 clip from beyond-the-arc on the season after going 2-for-4 on the night. He has drained 8-of-16 attempts on the year

- ULM is 1-1 against in-state opponents this season after defeating Northwestern State 84-80 (OT) on Nov. 21. The Warhawks will also take on La. Tech in a marquee matchup at home on Dec. 22 and will play two SBC games against UL-Lafayette

Quoting ULM Head Coach Keith Richard
On junior Marvin Williams
"When he didn't turn it over, he scored. We felt he was waiting too long with the ball and the defense was able to clamp down on him. At halftime we talked to him about catching the ball and going back up with it right away, which was when he was more successful. He did a much better job of that in the second half."

On the first five minutes of the second half
"LSU did a really good job in the first five minutes of the second half and really won the game. We played really poor during that span and when you play a big school like this on the road you can't turn the ball over that many times. We didn't rebound well early in the second half, and those are the things you can't do if you want to stay in the game.

On the team's effort
Overall I thought our effort was poor, really poor. I'm very disappointed. I'm not sure why considering this is a tough stage to play on and we had a good week of practice. We felt we worked the kinks out on Monday in our last game and for whatever reason we didn't play hard. This game is not what I call 'play hard.' We didn't get after it for 40 minutes. We just talked about it in the dressing room, we needed a better effort. We had a chance in this game and we didn't get it. "We got a lot in this game that we can look at the film, learn from and get better."



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