Tigers suffer heartbreaking loss
MONROE, La. | Devante Jackson tied the game at 57 with four seconds remaining, but Jordan Harris’ layup with one second left lifted the Louisiana-Monroe men’s basketball team to a thrilling 59-57 victory over Grambling State on Tuesday at Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
The Tigers (3-7), who fell behind 10-0 to begin the game, trailed for 39 minutes and 56 seconds before tying the game at 57 on a Devante Jackson layup. However, the Warhawks (4-5) still had enough time to beat the buzzer as Harris put up a layup with one seconds remaining to give Louisiana-Monroe the victory.
Jackson led the way for the Tigers offensively with 14 points, on 6-of-10 shooting, three rebounds and one assist. Ivy Smith, Jr., who was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) College Sports Madness Player of the Week on Monday, recorded 11 points, seven assists, five rebounds and one steal. Axel Mpoyo tallied 10 points, four boards and a pair of blocks.
Travis Munnings paced Louisiana-Monroe with 19 points, including 7-of-15 from the floor, eight boards and three steals. Sam McDaniel registered 17 points, four assists, one board and one steal.
The Warhawks opened the game on a 10-0 run, capped by a Travis Munnings bucket with 15 minutes remaining in the first half. The Tigers cut the deficit to 19-15 after a pair of free throws by Devante Jackson with 3:43 left in the first.
Louisiana-Monroe out-scored Grambling State, 5-3, down the stretch to take a 24-18 lead into the break.
The Warhawks opened the second half with a 7-2 run, capped by a Munnings layup with 17:02 left and Louisiana-Monroe pushed the advantage to 36-24 after a Sam McDaniel jumper with a little more than 15 minutes remaining.
An Ivy Smith, Jr. 3-pointer with 13:44 left cut the margin to 36-28, but Munnings answered at the other end with a layup to push the lead back to 10, 38-28, with 13:35 remaining.
Grambling State continued to trim away at the ULM lead as Drake Wilks sank a 3-pointer with 10:21 remaining to cut the deficit to 41-36 and closed the gap to 52-49 after an Anthony Gaston layup with 3:14 left.
Louisiana-Monroe extended the margin to 55-49 after a bucket by Munnings, but free throws by Smith closed the margin to 55-53 with just under two minutes to play.
The Warhawks pushed the advantage to 57-53, but Smith sank a pair at the charity stripe to keep it a two-point game, 57-55. That set the stage for a wild final 20 seconds.
Inside The Numbers
* Grambling State shot 43.2 percent (19-of-44) from the floor and 71.4 percent (15-of-21) from the free-throw line.
* Louisiana-Monroe was 20-of-47 (42.6 percent) shooting and 12-of-15 (80.0 percent) from the charity stripe.
News & Notes
* The Tigers began December with two straight wins over Georgia Tech and Tougaloo, but have since lost back-to-back games to Grand Canyon and Louisiana-Monroe.
* Grambling State played its second of five straight road games to conclude the 2017 portion of its schedule.
Grambling State continues with its second consecutive in-state opponent as the Tigers visit Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. in Hammond, La.
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