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Men’s basketball takes flight down last home stretch

Josh Dean

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Momentum or the “big mo” and confidence. Those are the two things every coach hopes for and every team needs going into tournament play.

After a rocky middle stretch to the season that’s what the men’s basketball team has captured. Over the last twelve games they’ve walked away victorious in eleven.

There one loss came against the Cajuns in an overtime thriller that was decided by seven points. Coach Richard has seemed to find the secret to unlocking his team’s potential.

Since switching his lineup to Nick Coppola, Justin Roberson, Majok Deng, Jammal Samuels and Demondre Harvey the team has won eleven of their last twelve.

They’re currently on a six game win streak and have shown the ability to make the big shots when it counts.

Their last two games versus UT Arlington and South Alabama they grinded out late, and when conference leader Little Rock walked into Fant-Ewing they pulled out an 86-82 nail biter.

With two home games left until the Sun Belt Conference tournament ULM looks in prime tourney form.

After their mid-season offensive woes the team has found its offensive rythem. ULM leads the Sun Belt in field goal percentage shooting at a .455 percent clip.

The Warhawks are also second in assists dishing out 13.9 per game and third in three point field goal percentage at .360 percent.

These numbers are up from their averages last year across the board.

While the team was knocked out in the semi-finals of the Sun Belt tournament last season against Georgia Southern it came down to a one point difference.

The team faces the Eagles Thursday which should prove a good test after they lost in their first matchup 66-51 on January 16th.

Despite the loss in the conference tournament last year the team still made great strides in finishing second in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI).

The tournament run lifted the spirits of the ULM basketball faithful and brought intense excitement to the program.

This year the team has battled and lived up to the hype it has generated.

Coach Richard has delivered a winning formula to ULM basketball, and the team looks ready to deliver come the conference tournament.

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Men’s basketball takes flight down last home stretch