Warhawks win wild one

Dakota Ratley

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ULM brought out a 14-point lead out of halftime, but found itself fighting off a furious rally from South Alabama.

Sophomore point guard Nick Coppola said that the game fell into the same type as many games the Warhawks have found themselves in this year.

“Like any other game, just a grind game, and we pulled it out,” Coppola said.

The Warhawks were led by a trio of double-digit scorers.

Majok Deng led the way for the Warhawks with 17. Tylor Ongwae chipped in 16, with help from a 10-11 showing from the free throw line. He also had 13 rebounds to give him a double-double on the night.

Nick Coppola also put up 15 on 6-9 shooting.

The Warhawks took a 32-18 into the half. Early in the second half the team was able to extend the lead up to 18.

Head coach Keith Richard called the first half “probably one our better halves both offensively and defensively in conference play.”

That is when a South Alabama rally led by Ken Williams began to cut into the ULM lead. Williams finished with a game-high 23 points on 7-13 shooting with a perfect 6-6 from the free-throw line.

The win puts ULM at 14-8 with an 8-3 record inside the conference. The team is tied with Georgia State for second in the Sun Belt behind Georgia Southern. Both teams hold tiebreakers over the Warhawks.

ULM will now head to UALR for a matchup with the Trojans Thrusday. The team will then travel to Georgia Southern for a meeting with the conference leader.