UALR never gets going, gets swept on Florida trip

UALR’s hopes for a No. 2 seed in the Sun Belt Conference went out the window on Saturday. Now the Trojans are just trying to hold on to a first-round bye.

UALR never got anything going offensively again on Saturday in a 73-59 loss to Florida Atlantic at FAU Arena in Boca Raton, Fla.

UALR (15-14, 9-9) has now lost four consecutive games. Arkansas State wrapped up the West Division championship by beating Troy on Saturday. UALR dropped into a fifth-place tie with Western Kentucky, which won at Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday. UALR does hold the tiebreaker over Western Kentucky after sweeping the season series.

As well as UALR was playing back then, they’ve played just that poorly of late. The Trojans shot 3 percent from the field including 23 percent from three-point range. They also got outrebounded 40-37.

The plus was that UALR corrected its turnover issues, committing just six. The bad news was that UALR could do nothing with Florida Atlantic’s Greg Gantt and Stefan Moody.

FAU’s trends show that Gantt takes 1/3 of the shots, Moody 1/3 of the shots and the rest of the team combines to take the other 1/3. FAU used that recipe on Saturday with Gantt scoring 26 on 8 of 16 shooting, Moody scoring 25 on 9 of 18 shooting and everyone else combining to make 8 of 18. That was plenty against UALR.

UALR got as close as 34-30 on a layup by Ben Dillard with 15:45 left. But FAU quickly stretched it back to 10 and rolled to a relatively easy victory.

Leroy Isler led UALR with 14 points and 7 rebounds.