The Warhawks (1-7) travel to College Station, Texas, to take on No. 25 Texas AM (7-1) Saturday at 7 p.m. inside Reed Arena. The game can be heard on 104.1 FM in Monroe or online at ulmwarhawks.com, with Adam Prendergast calling the action. Live stats are available by visiting ulmwarhawks.com.
UPDATING THE WARHAWKS
ULM fell to 0-3 at home this season with a 73-71 loss to Louisiana Tech on Saturday. It marked the third game this season that the Warhawks have lost by three points or less. ULM shot 54.5 percent from the field in the second half against the Bulldogs and finished at 40.4 percent for the game.
Senior guard Fred Brown led the Warhawks with 17 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal, while sophomore guard Charles Winborne contributed 15 points and five assists. The two have combined to score over a third of the team’s points this season.
Senior forward Christian Bibi Ndongo netted a career-high 10 points and tied his career high with five rebounds against Louisiana Tech. Senior center Fabio Ribeiro pulled down a season-best eight rebounds in just 16 minutes of action. Sophomore center Steven McClellan saw his first action of the season against Louisiana Tech, scoring six points and grabbing seven rebounds in 21 minutes of action.
After being outrebounded in each of its first six games this season, ULM has now outrebounded two straight opponents. ULM finished with a 40-30 rebound advantage against Louisiana Tech on Saturday. The Warhawks are averaging 29.6 rebounds per game this season.
The Warhawks had season highs in free throws made (19) and free throws attempted (23) Saturday. The 82.6 percent clip from the charity stripe was the second highest for ULM this season.
ULM ranks 37th nationally in 3-point percentage (.400) and 75th in 3-pointers made per game (7.5). Three Warhawks have at least 14 3-point makes this season: Brown (20), Winborne (18) and freshman Trent Mackey (14).
Brown ranks second in the Sun Belt with 15.8 points per game. He also ranks 20th nationally and fourth in the Sun Belt in 3-point percentage (.488). Brown has scored in double figures in seven straight games, including a season-high 21 points at Mississippi State (Nov. 21). Brown has made at least three 3-pointers in five games this season. He is shooting 41.7 percent (43-of-103) from the field and 80 percent (20-of-25) from the free-throw line.
Winborne has come on strong over the past five games for the Warhawks, averaging 15.2 points per game in that stretch. He is the only ULM player to make at least one 3-pointer in all eight games. Winborne ranks sixth in the conference in 3-point percentage (.474) and fifth in 3-point makes per game (2.3). He also leads the team and ranks ninth in the Sun Belt with 2.9 assists per game.
Mackey has had a stellar start to his freshman campaign, averaging 7.5 points per game while shooting 50 percent from the field. He ranks tenth in the Sun Belt in 3-point percentage (.467) and tied for 12th in 3-point makes per game (1.8).
• 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.
• The Warhawks knocked 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 60 3-pointers so far this season.
• Senior Fred Brown has led the Warhawks in scoring in six of eight games, and Charles Winborne has led the team in the other two games. The two have accounted for 45.2 percent of the team’s scoring this season.
• ULM has scored at least 70 points in back-to-back games for just the second time under head coach Keith Richard. The Warhawks have yet to score 70 in three straight games under Richard.
• Dating back to last season, the Warhawks are 2-8 in games decided by five points or less — including 0-3 this season.
• 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 sanctions.
• Richard is 0-1 as a head coach against Texas AM. The Aggies defeat Richard and Louisiana Tech, 75-59, in College Station during the 2006-07 season.
PREVIEWING THE AGGIES
Texas AM enters play Saturday ranked No. 22 in the AP and No. 25 in the Coaches Poll. The Aggies are coming off a dominating 64-37 triumph at home against Sam Houston State. ULM and Texas AM have one common opponent entering Saturday as both teams have lost to Mississippi State. The Aggies lost 69-60 in the 2K Sports Classic in New York City back on Nov. 17, while the Warhawks dropped a 78-63 decision to the Bulldogs in Starkville a week later.
Ray Turner leads the Aggies in scoring and rebounding with 14.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Turner is shooting 68 percent from the field and 52.2 percent from the free-throw line. Washington transfer Elston Turner is averaging 12.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, while David Loubeau contributes 10.9 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Dash Harris is the Aggies’ assist man with 4.4 per game.
Billy Kennedy is in his first season as the head coach of the Aggies after a stellar five seasons at Murray State. In his time at Murray State, Kennedy went 70-24 and won two Ohio Valley Conference titles. His 2009-10 team earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament and knocked off Vanderbilt in the first round. Kennedy also has head coaching stops at Centenary (1997-99) and Southeastern Louisiana (1999-05).
ULM and Texas AM will be meeting for the fifth time in school history. The Warhawks claimed a 76-61 victory in the first ever meeting back in 2001-02, but the Aggies have won three straight in the series. The last time the two teams met, Texas AM rolled to a 78-36 victory inside Reed Arena. ULM is 0-2 in games played in College Station.
MCCLELLAN MAKES SEASON DEBUT
Sophomore Steven McClellan saw his first action of the season Saturday against Louisiana Tech. McClellan came off the bench with six points, seven rebounds and a blocked shot in 21 minutes of action. The 6-foot-7 center was slated to redshirt this season, but adds much needed height to the ULM frontcourt.
BROWN CHASING 1,000 POINTS
Senior guard Fred Brown moved to within 95 points of reaching1,000 for his career with a 17-point effort against Louisiana Tech on Saturday. Brown, who scored 380 points in two seasons with Kansas State, has been the leading scorer for ULM for two straight years. He has notched double figures in 42 games during his career, including seven straight this season.
Brown also has a chance of reaching 1,000 points in his two-year career at ULM. Brown sits 475 points short with 21 games left this season, meaning he would have to average 22.6 points per game the rest of the season.
ULM hosts Nicholls State Monday at 7 p.m., in the first of two straight home games inside Fant-Ewing Coliseum.