Sun Belt action tipped off from Fant-Ewing Coliseum on Thursday night as the ULM Warhawks looked for a sweep against the North Texas Mean Green. After being down by as many as 15 points , ULM battled back for an 85-73 win.
Junior forward Millaun Brown set a new career high with 21 points, while Amos Olatayo led the Warhawks with 22.
ULM (4-17, 3-12) shot a standout 63.3% in the second half of the contest, 56.4% for the game. Surprisingly the Warhawks were able to outscore North Texas (9-18, 4-12) in the paint 40-34. This was due to ULM using quick ball movement to break the Mean Green zone defense with back-door cuts, just surpassing their 13 assists average with 15. Tony Mitchell did tally five blocks in the paint, many should've been called goal tending.
Additionally North Texas was forced into 16 turnovers, and the Warhawks collected six steals.
The first half was a close battle, as the teams tied four times and traded leads six times. North Texas ended the back and forth battle in the first half with a 15-5 run, taking a 42-33 lead into the locker room. Propelling the Mean Green to their lead were a pair of players scoring in double-digits, Jordan Williams and Roger Franklin, each had 15. Each would end the game with 22.
The Warhawks remain at home when Sun Belt action resumes on Saturday. Arkansas State comes to the ULM campus, tip-off is set for 4pm.