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February 1, 2011

From the Hardwood

From the Hardwood
ULM guard Hugh Mingo did his best to stop the bleeding, but the losing streak only marches on for the struggling Warhawks.  ULM got 18 points and 10 boards from Mingo against Troy on Jan. 29, but it was in a losing effort as the Warhawks fell for the fourth straight time in a 74-68 loss.  With five losses in their last six games through Jan. 30, the Warhawks had the worst record in the Sun Belt at 1-8 in the league, 6-17 overall. ULM coach Keith Richard was unavailable following the contest.

The loss at Troy on Jan. 29 also dropped ULM to 1-10 on the road this season-something that won't get any easier moving forward as the Warhawks travel to Middle Tennessee (Feb. 3) and Western Kentucky (Feb. 5) before heading back home.



 The road woes for ULM nearly came to a close on Jan. 27 against Arkansas State, but Fred Brown's desperation 3-point attempt from just inside half court fell short in a one-point loss to the Red Wolves in Jonesboro, Ark.

After ripping off a 14-2 second-half run to go up five with 10 minutes to play, the Warhawks were unable to hang on as ASU's Martavius Adams hit the eventual game-winning foul shot with 6.8 seconds to play.

 Junior guard Mingo was a one-man wrecking crew for ULM against Troy on Jan. 29, going on a 7-0 run by himself to give the Warhawks a short-lived two-point lead midway through the second half.

By The Numbers:   3-Wins over a recent stretch of 13 games for the Warhawks as of Jan. 29.

Quote To Note: "He's a part of the legacy here. He was here for a long time and did a great job. We're excited that he's going to be back."
-Louisiana-Lafayette coach Bob Marlin on current ULM assistant Robert Lee-a former ULL head coach who led the Ragin' Cajuns to an NCAA Tournament bid in 2005.



This Week's Games :

 at Middle Tennessee, Feb. 3

Key Matchup:   MTSU's James Washington and ULM's Hugh Mingo are both capable of lighting up the scoreboard in a short amount of time-both are also capable of giving the opposition fits with quick feet on defense. Mingo and Washington will likely draw each other, and should be the most entertaining matchup of this contest.

 at Western Kentucky, Feb. 5

Key Matchup:   Someone will have to slow down WKU senior forward Sergio Kerusch, who has been a double-double machine since Sun Belt play began in early January. That assignment could fall on the shoulders of ULM forward Tommie Sykes, who should be able to hold his own inside and make Kerusch work on the defensive end as well.


Player Notes  


 Junior G Fred Brown sat 12th in the Sun Belt's scoring ranks as of Jan. 29 with 13.9 points per game.

 Senior F Lawrence Gilbert remains one of the league's top free throw shooters, as he ended play on Jan. 29 with an 83.6 percent rate from the line.

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