BURN THE HORSEUALR couldn’t hang on in the final second on Saturday night.
UALR had taken a 66-65 lead with 9 seconds left on two free throws by Solomon Bozeman. But on the final play of the game, Tramar Sutherland fouled Bureau, who was 13 of 17 at the free throw line in the game.
Louisiana-Lafayette was 30 of 38 at the free throw line in the game compared to UALR’s 18 of 21. UALR also never got on track shooting from the outside at the Cajundome, which can be a difficult shooting background to get used to. UALR made just 2 of 13 three-pointers in the game.
Neither team was separated by more than five points throughout the tight game. ULL’s five-point lead came in the closing minutes after Bureau stole a pass and scored on a layup for a 64-59 score.
UALR struck back when D’Andre Williams converted a three-point play. Then after Raymone Andrews made 1 of 2 free throws, UALR’s Eric Kibi scored on a layup to cut the lead to 65-64 with 48 seconds left.
Lafayette’s Randell Daigle missed a three-pointer with 29 seconds left and UALR had a chance for the lead. Bozeman got fouled with 9 seconds left and made both free throws to give UALR the short-lived lead.
It was the fifth consecutive victory for Louisiana-Lafayette.
Bozeman led UALR with 19 points, making 15 of 17 free throws. Kibi, in his second game back after the NCAA restored his eligibility, had 10 points and 9 rebounds. Marlon Louzeiro, who has barely played in the past six weeks, had 10 points before fouling out.
Bureau led ULL with 23 points.