Big six visitors rare
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DECEMBER 30, 1986 STATEHOUSE CONVENTION CENTER
Clemson 76, UALR 44 (4,583)
UALR drew its largest crowd to date at Statehouse Convention Center but fell flat as Clemson from the Atlantic Coast Conference visited. “Particularly, I feel sorry for our people. We’re a lot better than what we showed tonight. We had people show up, and they give us another chance,” UALR Coach Mike Newell said.
MARCH 12, 1987 BARTON COLISEUM
UALR 42, Baylor 41 (8,303)
James Dawn hit two free throws with less than a second remaining as UALR upset Baylor of the Southwest Conference in the NIT. The timekeeping work of Ray Rainey drew the ire of Baylor Coach Gene Iba, who accused Rainey of holding his finger on the clock button to prevent the buzzer from going off until the foul was committed. Regardless, it stood and UALR won.
MARCH 21, 1987 PINE BLUFF CONVENTION CENTER
UALR 80, California 73 (7,178)
Juric Brown scored 27 points as UALR beat California to advance to the semifinals of the NIT. “Their guards killed us,” Cal Coach Lou Campanelli said. “They were the dominant players in the game. We knew they rebounded extremely well, but they shoot extremely well.”
NOVEMBER 30, 1988 BARTON COLISEUM
UALR 100, Houston 67 (6,185)
Preseason Southwest Conference favorite Houston was no match for UALR as the Trojans opened the season with a blowout victory. Johnnie Bell (28 points), James Scott (21) and Derrick Owens (20) all topped the 20-point mark as UALR crushed the Cougars.
DECEMBER 8, 1988 BARTON COLISEUM
UALR 89, Colorado 66 (7,021)
James Scott scored 20 points and UALR used a late 16-4 run to blow open a tight game to beat Colorado of the Big 8 Conference.
DECEMBER 2, 1995 BARTON COLISEUM
Texas Tech 72, UALR 61 (3,875)
UALR had a very good team in the 1995-1996 season and thought it could knock off Texas Tech at home. But the Red Raiders of the Southwest Conference were too much. "The coaches say the same thing over and over again, and it kind of becomes redundant," said Derek Fisher, nearly in tears after the loss. He finished with 14 points and 7 rebounds. "It seems so simple when they say to rebound, but that was the whole gme. I really don't know if it was size so much as desire. They wanted it more than we did."
NOVEMBER 23, 1999 ALLTEL ARENA
Oklahoma State 93, UALR 64 (10,518)
The Big 12 Conference’s Oklahoma State turned a close game into a rout in the second half in the first-ever event at Alltel Arena in North Little Rock. “It was unbelievable,” said UALR’s Roman Brown. “I just wish we could have given the fans more, like a victory.”
JANUARY 3, 2004 ALLTEL ARENA
Mississippi State 68, UALR 58 (4,403)
Mississippi State used a 12-0 second-half run to gain some space, then held off the Trojans in the final minute to win. It kept Mississippi State, which played primarily a 2-3 zone defense, a perfect 11-0 and ranked in the top 25 polls. Bulldogs star Lawrence Roberts was held scoreless at halftime, but had 20 second-half points.