Score: ULM 81 – Grambling 45
Teams: ULM (6-7), Grambling (5-8)
Location: Fant-Ewing Coliseum / Monroe, La.
MONROE, La. – The ULM men’s basketball team used a season-best 56.0 percent shooting night to race past in-state foe Grambling on Wednesday night 81-45 inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum in the Warhawks’ final non-conference tune-up before Sun Belt Conference play begins this weekend.
THE TURNING POINT
-ULM used 20 Grambling turnovers and turned them into 30 points in Wednesday night’s 36 point blowout. As a team the Warhawks had 23 assists on 28 made baskets, with nine assists by senior guard Nick Coppola.
-Travis Munnings and Marcus Washington paced the Warhawks on Wednesday – each finishing with 16 points to lead all scorers. Munnings made 7-of-10 from the floor while grabbing six rebounds, while Washington made 6-of-10 from the floor and grabbed three rebounds, three assists and tied a career-high with three steals.
-Jordon Harris added 15 points for the Warhawks, making four three-pointers, while Sam McDaniel added 11 points and also grabbed six rebounds.
-McDaniel has now scored double figures in 10 straight games, highlighted by a season-best 21 points against Coppin State in last week’s victory. McDaniel is now averaging 14.8 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game over that stretch including three double-doubles.
-The Warhawks continued their strong play at home winning their 18th game in a row inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum and are now 32-4 over the last two and a half seasons. The home winning streak is tied for fifth-longest in the country and is tied for second longest between schools outside of the Power Five.
-As a team, the Warhawks made 11-of-18 three-pointers for a 61.1 percent mark. That mark is a new season-high and ranks second in school history for single game three-point percentage. In 2007, the Warhawks shot 63.0 percent (17-of-27) from beyond the arc against UT-Tyler.
-The Warhawks moved to 8-3 all-time against Grambling with the win on Wednesday night. The Warhawks have now won six in a row against the Tigers, with five of those wins coming inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
-The Warhawks dominated the specialty stats tonight, outscoring Grambling 28-24 in points in the paint, 30-4 in points off of turnovers and 12-0 in fast break scoring.
Head Coach Keith Richard
Thought on the game: We played well tonight. I’m especially proud with how we came out and performed in the second half – we came out full of energy and getting deflections. I am truly proud of our team’s performance. The last three games we have started a smaller lineup with the hope of getting off to a fast start and we have each time, which is why we made the change to see if we could get off to some better starts. We had some good activity out there people getting steals and forcing Grambling into some mistakes.
Sophomore Forward Travis Munnings
Thought on the game: I thought we came out with the right mindset and followed the scouting report very well. We came in locked and ready to go and take a step forward each and every day. I just take what the defense gives me and try to be aggressive.
-Following Wednesday’s victory, the Warhawks open Sun Belt Conference play when they travel to battle Little Rock on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. in Little Rock.