Texas two-stepping at home: ULM shoots 50% from field to beat UTA 84-71

Jalapenos can set your mouth on fire, and the Warhawks are doing just that during its three-game stretch.Four Warhawks scored in double digits during the contest.
Freshman guard Michael Ertel led the way with 20 points, picking up six rebounds. Senior guard Marvin Jean-Pierre never let his foot off the gas; he notched a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Senior forward Sam McDaniel contributed 16 points and pulled down six boards of his own.

“It’s a good time to start winning and hitting shots,” said senior forward Sam McDaniel. He is averaging 15.6 points per game ,which is second on the team.

The Warhawks hot streak can be credited to confidence that has taken over the team coming down the final stretch of the season.

“It’s the confidence our coach gives us” McDaniel said. He also said that coach gives them the green light for open shots.

This new-found confidence was on full display as junior forward Travis Munnings energized the crowd and his teammates with two huge blocks in the first half of Thursday’s thriller.
“Playing hard early on the defensive end is what we talked about,” head coach Keith Richard said.

Jean-Pierre and Ertel filled the stat sheet early in the first half, to combine for 22 first-half points.
Things were starting to heat up for ULM as they entered the locker room boasting a seven-point lead and shooting 47 percent from the field.
The second half was a shooting clinic for the Warhawks as they came out of the locker room on fire. They had sucsess hitting on 50% of their shot attempts in the second half, including nine buckets from behind the arc.ULM jumped out to their largest lead of the game at 25 points coming behind a huge three-pointer from junior guard Brandon Newman to cap off a monster 26-11 run.

“I thought they did a great job of getting inside and scoring in the first half,” Richard said. “Obviously the three ball came back into play in the second, 9-for-18, we’ll take that every time out.”

The Warhawks also had a home game against Texas State on Saturday.
Junior forward Travis Munnings knocked down five threes to help the team defeat the Bobcats 79-71.

Up next, the Warhawks will look to push their winning streak to five games on Thursday, Feb. 22 as they travel to Mobile, Alabama, to face the South Alabama Jaguars. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.