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February 7, 2014

Bobcats hold off Warhawks

SAN MARCOS, Texas - Trailing 37-28 at half, the ULM men's basketball program came back to take the lead with 3:17 left in the game, but a late run by Texas State gave it the final edge 65-57 on Thursday at Strahan Coliseum.

Senior Jayon James led ULM (7-11, 4-6 SBC) with team-highs of 18 points and five assists. He went 8-for-12 from the field and also grabbed six rebounds and had three steals. Junior Tylor Ongwae also reached double-figures with 14 points and had a team-high seven rebounds.

Joel Wright scored a game-high 19 points for Texas State (6-15, 2-6 SBC). Wes Davis has 12 points, Gordon Ball 11 and Reid Koenen 10.

Texas State scored the first four points of the game, but after a ULM timeout the Warhawks came out on a 7-0 run to go up 7-4 with 15:28 left in the first half. Still ahead 13-8, the Bobcats responded with a 13-0 run to take the lead, 21-13 at the 10:53 mark.

Down 24-15, a pair of baskets by James sparked a 6-0 run to cut ULM's deficit to 24-21 with 8:42 to go. However, hot shooting from Texas State pushed its lead up to 37-28 at the intermission. Texas State shot 60 percent in the half.

After the Bobcats went up 40-28 early in the second half, ULM answered with a 7-0 run to make it a 40-35 game with 17:11 left. A lay-in by James further cut the deficit to 42-39 at the 12:17 mark.

The Warhawks kept fighting and tied it, 45-45, on a lay-in by Ongwae with 7:24 to go. Ongwae later made the second of two free throws to give ULM its first lead of the half at 46-45, capping a 7-0 run.

Texas State came back with a 6-0 spurt to re-take the lead 51-46 with 4:40 left. ULM matched the 6-0 run and went back up 52-51 after another basket by Ongwae with 3:17 to go.

Tied at 53, the Bobcats went on a decisive 8-0 run to go up 61-53 with 39.0 seconds left.

The Warhawks will take the weekend off and will be back on the court next Thursday against UT Arlington at 7:00 p.m. at Fant-Ewing Coliseum.

NOTES

- Senior Jayon James registered a season-high 18 points on a season-high eight made field goals. He forced three steals for the second time this season. James led the team in assists for the 12th time on the year. It was his first 40-minute game of the season

- Junior Tylor Ongwae registered his 16th double-figure scoring game on the season and has reached that mark in all 10 league games

- Junior Chinedu Amajoyi hit a career-high three field goals, all on three-pointers. His nine points were one shy of his career-high

- ULM held a 30-26 advantage in the paint and 9-4 edge in fast break points

- The Warhawks moved to 25-18 all-time against Texas State

- With eight regular season games still remaining, ULM has already surpassed its win total by three games from last season and has topped its conference win total. ULM was 4-23 overall and 3-17 in SBC play last year


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