UALR, ASU Lose; Sun Belt Tournament Bracket Set


2014 Sun Belt Conference Tournament Bracket

Sun Belt Tournament Bracket

UL Monroe 66, UALR 65

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Tylor Ongwae and Nick Coppola each scored 15 points as Louisiana-Monroe held off Arkansas-Little Rock 66-65 on Saturday night.

ULM led by as much as 15 in the second half, but UALR surged back to make it 60-58 after a Josh Hagins’ 3-pointer with 5:45 left. Ongwae followed by hitting 3 of 4 free throws and Chinedu Amajoyi converted a three-point play to go up eight.

The Warhawks went cold from there, missing their next three 3-point attempts and missing two free throws, which allowed UALR to climb within one. After another missed pair of free throws by ULM,
Hagins missed a jumper, but the ball went out of bounds off Amajoyi. Hagins’ second-chance runner couldn’t find the net in the final seconds.

ULM (10-16, 7-11 Sun Belt) shot 47.8 percent, with R.J. McCray scoring 11 points.

Hagins led UALR (14-16, 9-9) with 18 points and seven assists. With the loss, UALR is the 5-seed in the Sun Belt Tournament Bracket.

UL Lafayette 77, Arkansas State 76

JONESBORO, Ark. — Elfrid Payton sank a 3-pointer in the final 14 seconds to give UL Lafayette a winning 77-76 edge over Arkansas State on Saturday night.

Payton had 17 points overall. Shawn Long led the scoring for the Ragin’ Cajuns (20-11, 11-7 Sun Belt) with 25 points and 11 rebounds.

Melvin Johnson III mounted a solo 11-2 run — including a trio of 3-pointers — midway through the first half to help Arkansas State to a 38-35 halftime lead.

In the second, Louisiana took a 43-40 advantage with 17:28 left before the Red Wolves responded with a 17-3 run to go up 57-46 with 12:28 to play. The Ragin’ Cajuns kept it close with Xavian Rimmer, Shawn Long and Elfrid Payton hitting from beyond the arc until a final Payton 3 with 14 seconds left gave the team the winning one-point lead.

Johnson III led the Red Wolves (18-12, 10-8) with 28 points. ASU is the 4-seed, and gets a bye in the first round of the Sun Belt Tournament Bracket.

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