The state of Mississippi has been rough on ULM athletics the last couple of days. Just two days after the Warhawk football team was defeated 59-0 by the Ole Miss Rebels, the basketball team was routed by the Mississippi State Bulldogs by 29 points, 78-49.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead and never looked back as they took into the break with a 35-24 lead. ULM was able to keep it close with 16 first half offensive rebounds and keeping their turnovers to a minimum. Poor shooting however would be a theme for the Warhawks all night. ULM shot just 23% in the first half on 10/43 shooting, 3/11 from beyond three point land.
On the flip side of that MSU (2-0) shot 12/25 for 48% with an impressive 7/14 (50%) from 3 point range. The Bulldogs finished 28/56 (50%) and 9/21 for 42% from three point land. MSU was led by Barry Stewart with 17 points followed by 14 from Dee Bost. Bulldog big man Jarvis Varnado continued his block party swatting 9 ULM shots. He finished with just 2 points but pulled down 11 rebounds.
Jarvis Hill was a bright spot for the Warhawks scoring a team high 19 points on 8/17 shooting. Senior Tony Hooper contributed 14 points but did so on 5/16 shooting. Warhawk big man Rudy Turner got into foul trouble early and finished with just 2 points.
ULM (1-1) finished the night shooting a dismal 28% from the floor on 20/69 shooting and 4/21 from 3 point range (19%). Free throw shooting was a troublesome issue for ULM as well as they only converted 5 of 14 from the charity stripe.
ULM returns home for a Thursday night match up with in state opponent McNeese State.