Jalen Jackson scored 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting to lead undefeated Arkansas-Little Rock to a 64-54 win over Idaho on Saturday night at Cowan Spectrum.
Roger Woods added 13 points and Marcus Johnson Jr. had 12, including a trio of 3-pointers, for UALR (7-0), which hit 50 percent of its 46 shots from the field to extend its best-ever Division I season start.
In a close contest, UALR retook the lead late in the second half with a 6-0 spurt capped by Lis Shoshi’s bucket to make it 50-44 with 6:25 to go. The Trojans then broke away with a 10-2 run sparked by Johnson’s 3-pointer to make it 60-51 with 1:09 left and sealed the win at the free-throw line.
Victor Sanders led Idaho with a career-high 24 points. Perrion Callandret added 15 points for the Vandals, who shot just 32 percent from the floor and had 17 turnovers that UALR converted for 19 points.
“I thought we played hard tonight,” head coach Don Verlin said. “They’re a good basketball team that plays ball-control and I thought we broke down a number of times late in the shot clock. I really believe that was a winnable game for this basketball team if we could have buckled down a little bit and gotten the stops we needed to there. The bottom line is we need to get some production out of our inside players.”
LAMAR 82, IDAHO STATE 70
BEAUMONT, Texas — LeMon Gregory had a career-high 21 points and 11 rebounds and Nick Garth added 18 points as Lamar finished strong to beat Idaho State.
Lamar (4-3) picked up back-to-back victories for the first time this season.
Idaho State (2-4), which now has lost four straight, led most of the first half but Gregory scored five points late and Lincoln Davis closed with a dunk to give Lamar a 39-36 halftime advantage.
Idaho State’s Kyle Ingram opened the second half with a 3-point play to take a 43-42 lead. There were ten lead changes in the first 10 minutes of the second period until Davis, who finished with 16 points, hit two straight jump shots and Gregory had a layup for a 63-59 lead with 9:24 left. The Cardinals never trailed again. Ali Faruq-Bey and Ingram led Idaho State with 16 and 15 points respectively.