The Warhawks (1-11) wrap up a two-game road swing Wednesday against Indiana State (8-2) at 6:05 p.m. CT inside the Hulman Center. Wednesday marks the second meeting of the season between the two teams as Indiana State pulled out a 71-59 victory in Monroe back on Nov. 14. The game can be heard on 105.3 FM in Monroe or online at ulmwarhawks.com, with Nick White calling the action. Live stats are available by visiting ulmwarhawks.com.
UPDATING THE WARHAWKS
â€¢ ULM dropped its fifth straight game Monday in an 81-63 loss at No. 21 UNLV. The Warhawks shot 45.2 percent from the field and tied a season high with four players in double-figure scoring. ULM also owned a 32-22 edge on the boards against the Runnin' Rebels -- The Warhawks have outrebounded three straight opponents and five of the last six.
â€¢ A big reason for the Warhawks' rebounding success over the past five games i the presence of 6-foot-7 center Steven McClellan. The sophomore is averaging a team-best 7.2 rebounds in five games since coming out of redshirt. McClellan recorded a career-high 16 points to go with seven rebounds to lead the way for ULM against UNLV.
â€¢ As a team, the Warhawks rank fifth in the Sun Belt in field-goal percentage (.427) and sixth in 3-point percentage (.368). ULM also ranks fourth in the conference in 3-pointers per game (6.8).
â€¢ The Warhawks ranked as high as 37th nationally in 3-point percentage two weeks ago, but have cooled down from deep over the past few games. ULM enters play Monday shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc.
â€¢ Freshman guard Trent Mackey tied his career high with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting Monday against UNLV. Mackey is averaging 7.4 points in his rookie season with the Warhawks.
â€¢ Senior guard Fred Brown tallied 12 points, six assists and four steals Monday. His six assists tied his season high and his four steals tied his career high. He leads the team with 13.7 points and 2.8 assists per game. He is 57 points shy of reaching 1,000 for his career.
â€¢ Sophomore guard Charles Winborne is the only other ULM player to average in double figures in scoring with 11.8 points per game. He leads the team shooting 44.0 percent from 3-point range.
â€¢ Senior guard Hugh Mingo has come on late and is averaging 7.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game this season. Mingo had a season-best 21 points on 6-of-9 shooting at then No. 22 Texas A&M on Dec. 10. He is averaging 12.3 points and 5.6 rebounds over ULM's last four games.
â€¢ ULM shot a season-best 62 percent from the field against Nicholls State (Nov. 28). It was the Warhawks' highest shooting percentage in a game since December of 2009.
â€¢ ULM has hung tough with some of the best teams in the country this season. The Warhawks led then No. 25 Mississippi State by two points with 14:13 remaining (Nov. 21) and most recently were tied 43-all at No. 22 Texas A&M with 13:20 to play (Dec. 10). In addition, ULM also had a second-half lead at Tennessee on Nov. 16.
â€¢ The Warhawks made at least 10 3-pointers in back-to-back games earlier this season. ULM had 11 3s against Harding (Nov. 26) and followed it up with 12 3s against Nicholls State (Nov. 28). ULM has made 73 3-pointers so far this season.
â€¢ The Warhawks are playing the 2011-12 season with just nine active scholarship players and are banned from participating in postseason play due to NCAA APR sanctions.
PREVIEWING THE SYCAMORES
â€¢ Indiana State enters play Wednesday with a record of 8-2, including a 61-55 victory at No. 25 Vanderbilt Saturday in its last outing. The Sycamores also have wins this season over Eastern Illinois (79-72), Ball State (57-50), Green Bay (57-56), Texas Tech (60-49), Fairfield (72-66) and Maryville (68-57). Indiana State is averaging 65.9 points per game and shooting 43.7 percent from the field, 38.0 percent from 3-point range and 74.3 percent from the free-throw line. Indiana State is ranked No. 11 in the latest Mid Major Top 25 poll.
â€¢ Leading the way for Indiana State is Louisiana native Dwayne Lathan, who averages 11.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Lathan paces the Sycamores shooting 51.5 percent from the field. Carl Richard is the only other Indiana State player to average double figures in scoring with 10.4 points per game. The Sycamores have balanced scoring with six players averaging at least 8.5 points per game.
â€¢ Greg Lansing is in his second season as the head coach of the Sycamores. Lansing has posted a record of 28-16, including leading Indiana State to the NCAA Tournament last season. He is the second coach in the school's history to guide the Sycamores to the NCAA Tournament in his rookie season.
ULM and Indiana State met for the first earlier this season (Nov. 14) with the Sycamores posting a 71-59 victory inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum. ULM shot 36.8 percent from the field and made 9-of-19 from beyond the arc in the first meeting. Senior Fred Brown led the Warhawks with 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Charles Winborne chipped in 12 points with a season-high four 3-pointers.
ULM has eight days off before opening the Sun Belt Conference slate Thursday (Dec. 29) at home against Western Kentucky at 4:30 p.m. inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
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