Bozeman’s one dribble, side-step three-pointer with 1:11 left was ultimately the difference as UALR defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 73-68 at the Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock on Saturday.
Bozeman spent the majority of the game in foul trouble and was limited to just 21 minutes. But Chuck Guy picked up the slack with a career high 20 points to lead the Trojans to their third-consecutive victory.
Derrick Bails also had a solid game before fouling out late. Bails finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. UALR came in as one of the nation’s hottest three-point shooting teams. But the Trojans struggled with seemingly good shots most of the way. Still, with the game on the line they came through.
After a missed jump shot by Louisiana-Lafayette’s Travis Bureau, D’Andre Williams broke the other direction. Mouzy trailed him and Williams dropped a pass back. Mouzy nailed the three-pointer to give UALR a 65-63 lead with 5:07 left..
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unguardable on Saturday.
But it got interesting when David Perez hit a three-pointer with Alex Garcia-Mendoza all over him with 17 seconds left to cut UALR’s lead to 71-68.
Bozeman appeared to get fouled on the inbounds play but officials ruled it a jump ball and alternating possession gave it back to the Cajuns. La’Ryan Gary missed a long three-pointer and Garcia-Mendoza grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He made both free throws to clinch the victory.
Guy made 5 of 11 field goals, 2 of 4 three-pointers, 8 of 11 free throws, had 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 0 turnovers.
UALR fell behind by 10 points in the first half before putting together a furious rally to take a 43-38 lead to halftime. Louisiana-Lafayette built its lead back to 58-52 midway through the second half and looked ready to add to it. But Bails blocked the layup attempt of ULL’s Scottie Farrington, and then Bails scored at the other end to start a 13-5 run that ended on Mouzy’s three-pointer.