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ULM rallies to beat NSU basketball at home

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Amos Olatayo scored 30 points, hitting 11 of 13 shots from the floor, to spark Louisiana-Monroe back from an 18-point second-half deficit to an 84-80 overtime win at Northwestern State in a north Louisiana non-conference basketball matchup of longtime rivals.

 

The Warhawks (2-1) were down 52-34 with 15:02 remaining and trailed 63-50 with 8:25 left in the second half, but went on a 16-2 run over the next four minutes to move ahead by one. They led by 72-67 with 2:08 left in regulation, but the Demons (2-2) were able to force overtime on a rebound and basket by freshman Zikiteran Woodley with 3.1 seconds remaining.

 

ULM broke the game's eighth and final tie on an Olatayo layup off a Jayon James assist with 32 seconds left. After NSU missed a bid to draw even, Tylor Ongwae sank two free throws with 11 seconds to go. The Demons got a driving layup with 6.6 remaining by Jalan West to get back within two, but after a timeout, Olatayo broke loose behind the pressing defense on the inbounds play and dumped in an uncontested layup just before the final buzzer.

 

Olatayo scored all but three of his points after halftime.

 

James added 17 for the Warhawks, who snapped a six-game losing streak in the series dating back to 1950-51, and ended a seven-game homecourt winning string by the Demons. ULM hit 19 of 32 shots after halftime, including four of five in overtime, and won despite committing 29 turnovers.

 

West topped NSU with 18 points while Woodley added 16, Marvin Frazier 11 while Brison White and DeQuan Hicks each scored 10.

 

The Demons made only half of their 16 second-half free throws as their big lead evaporated, finishing 16 of 29 for the game. The Warhawks sank 54 percent of their shots overall while NSU made just 37.5 percent, including only two of 14 in overtime.

 

"Give them great credit for a comeback like that," said Demons' coach Mike McConathy, whose team erased a 14-point deficit with 16 minutes to go last Friday night in a 111-92 win at Auburn. "They ran their offense like clockwork and we opened the door with bad free throw shooting.

 

"What we did last week is history and hopefully this helps us realize that. ULM has a really good team, extremely well coached, and they earned this win. We did some really good things at times and at other times, some really bad things," he said. "We'll go to work tomorrow morning hoping to learn from those mistakes. Our effort was not the problem. We showed a lot of fight."

 

The Demons will play at another longtime rival, Louisiana-Lafayette, next Wednesday night before coming home next Saturday, Nov. 30 for an intersectional matchup with Niagara.

 

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