Top Teams Win in Thursday Night Sun Belt Action
The rich got richer in Sun Belt Conference action Thursday night.
The top six teams were all victorious as teams continue to jockey for position for the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, beginning March 12 at campus sites.
In addition to Louisiana's win over Coastal Carolina, Texas and Georgia schools were victorious along with ULM.
GEORGIA SOUTHERN 81, LITTLE ROCK 66--Isaiah Crawley had a career high 20 points and Tookie Brown added 19 as Georgia Southern (19-10, 11-5) remained tied for second place in the league. Montae Glenn had a double double for the Eagles, who led by eleven at the break. Rayjon Tucker led Little Rock (10-18, 5-10) with 21 points.
GEORGIA STATE 76, ARKANSAS STATE 60--Five Panthers scored in double figures and Georgia State (20-9, 11-5) won its fifth straight game at home. The Panthers scorched the nets with 14 made three point baskets. Jeff Thomas led the way with 15 points. Arkansas State (12-16, 6-9 was held to just 36 percent shooting. Ty Cockfield led the way for the Red Wolves with 20 points.
TEXAS STATE 58, TROY 44--The Bobcats (23-5, 12-4) remained in first place, holding Troy to just 30% from the field. Nijal Pearson led the way with 15 points for the Bobcats while Mason Harrell added 14. Alex Hicks had 13 points and eight rebounds for Troy (11-16, 4-11), who scored 27 of their 44 points from the three point line, but made just 9-27.
UTA 75, SOUTH ALABAMA 57--The Mavericks (14-15, 10-6) shot 56 percent from the floor in Mobile Thursday night in getting the win. Brian Warren led UTA with 18 points while Edric Dennis added 15. Each had four triples in the game as UTA made a season high 15 from beyond the arc. South Alabama, meanwhile, shot just 36 percent from the field. The Jaguars (13-15, 6-9) were led by Josh Ajayi with 18 points and ten rebounds.
ULM 81, APPALACHIAN STATE 75--The Warhawks (15-12, 8-7) withstood a record setting performance by App State's Ronshad Shabazz to get the win in Monroe. Daishon Smith led the way for ULM with 26 points, Michael Ertel had 22 and Travis Munnings scored 16. Shabazz scored 47 of Appalachian State's 75 points. Shabazz hit ten three pointers for App (9-19, 4-11) but it wasn't enough.