That pretty much sums up the trip. And it cost UALR any shot at the West Division championship.
What’s worse is that UALR is now in a fight just to get a first-round bye. The Trojans can still finish as high as fourth or could fall as far as seventh by failing to eliminate FAU from that consideration on Saturday night.
UALR had won three consecutive games going into a Feb. 2 game against South Alabama. In the first half of that game, sophomore Taggart Lockhart suffered a concussion. UALR went on to lose that game to South Alabama. Lockhart missed the Feb. 7 victory at ULM and returned for the Feb. 14 game against Arkansas State. But he was concussed again during that loss. He hasn’t played in the past three games, all losses. That makes 5 of 6 games that were losses since Lockhart’s injury.
STAT OF THE GAME
55.2 percent: Florida Atlantic shot 55.2 percent in the second half. It allowed the Owls’ to pull away from UALR.
Set the Mood: Stopping FAU’s Stefan Moody was a key. He finished with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and a blocked shot. Grade: F.
We like Mike: UALR needed to get Michael Javes involved. They did, but it was far too late. His foul trouble – and technical foul – didn’t help matters. Javes finished with 5 points and 6 rebounds before fouling out. Grade: F.
Through the hoop: UALR needed to shoot 40 percent and didn’t come close. The Trojans shot 31.3 percent in the first half and 35.5 percent in the second half. That combined for 33.3 percent. Grade: F.
UALR had only 5 turnovers. That’s remarkable.
UALR again got outrebounded by a smaller team. This time 40-37.
UALR made just 5 of 35 three-point shots on the Florida trip.
FAU was the favorite and they easily covered.
Everyone picked FAU.
UALR hosts Louisiana-Lafayette on Thursday at the Stephens Center.