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Date Posted: Sat, February 19 2005, 12:50:08
Author: 87
Subject: UTA Men vs ULM Tonight

From the Monroe Paper:

ULM has Mavs at home this time

News-Star news services

UTA at ULM men

Tipoff: 7:30 p.m.

Radio: KLIP-105.3 FM

Site: Fant-Ewing Coliseum

Records: UTA 11-11, 5-6 in SLC; ULM 7-15, 1-10

Series: ULM leads 45-11

Loose balls: F Steven Thomas scored 31 points in an overtime win over ULM earlier this season. ... UTA coach Eddie McCarter is No. 2 in the SLC in career wins with 162. ... UTA is 3-7 in away games this year.


The Louisiana-Monroe men's basketball team will try to stop Texas-Arlington and high-scoring Steven Thomas tonight when the Southland Conference rivals meet at 7:30 in Fant-Ewing Coliseum.

ULM coach Mike Vining's team played well but lost to UTA in their earlier meeting in Arlington, 80-76 in overtime, mainly because the Indians couldn't stop Thomas as the 6-5, 215-pound junior scored 31 points.

Thomas is ranked second among the SLC scoring leaders with 19.0 points per game. He is the league's No. 1 rebounder (8.6), first in defensive rebounds (5.86) and is second in field goal accuracy (62.4 percent).

"Stopping Thomas is one of the things you have to do if you want to beat Arlington," Vining said. "We didn't do a good job of it the first time and we have to do better Saturday night."

The Mavericks come to Monroe with an 11-11 overall record and a 5-6 mark in the SLC. UTA will be trying to snap a three-game losing streak in the conference, losing at Texas State (75-72) and at home to Texas-San Antonio (79-72) and Lamar (85-66). The Mavs did win their last game, however, defeating St. Edward's 74-63 on Monday in a non-conference contest.

The Indians (7-15, 1-10) are struggling, having lost three in a row to Southeastern Louisiana, Northwestern State and Texas State since giving Vining his 400th victory on Feb. 5.

Cecil Hood leads ULM in scoring with a 10.8 average, but the hottest Indian right now is RoShon Jacobs. The 6-4 football wide receiver is only averaging 5.3 points, but he has been the team's scoring leader or co-leader in the last two games with 15 points against Northwestern State and 12 against Texas State.

ULM will be at home again next Thursday to play Sam Houston State.

Originally published February 19, 2005

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