Scores

Final

South Alabama 54

(20-12, 10-8 Sun Belt)

AR-Little Rock 44

(23-8, 15-3 Sun Belt)

    10:00 PM ET, March 9, 2009

    1 2 T
    USA 32 2254
    UALR 19 2544

    Top Performers

    South Alabama: B. Sherrer 17 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast

    Arkansas-Little Rock: J. Fowler 10 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    South Alabama 54, Ark.-Little Rock 44

    Associated Press

    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- Domonic Tilford and Bryan Sherrer each scored 10 first-half points Monday as South Alabama opened a big lead over Arkansas-Little Rock and took a 54-44 victory in a Sun Belt Conference semifinal despite shooting 22 percent in the second half.

    While the Jaguars (20-12) looked bad, the Trojans (23-8) looked worse. UALR had five turnovers in the first 7:20 while falling behind 20-5. A pair of DeAndre' Coleman baskets made it 27-11 with 6:18 left before halftime and the Trojans couldn't take advantage when South Alabama later went cold.

    At one point in the second half, South Alabama was shooting 2-of-15 from the floor, or 13 percent. The Trojans weren't much better, shooting 19 percent. Tilford and Sherrer each finished with 17 points. John Fowler and Mike Smith had 10 for Arkansas-Little Rock.

    The Jaguars play Western Kentucky in Tuesday's final.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    USA
    UALR
    Points 54 44
    FG Made-Attempted 18-44 (.409) 16-61 (.262)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-11 (.273) 4-23 (.174)
    FT Made-Attempted 15-23 (.652) 8-15 (.533)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 22 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 16 0

    2008-09 Season

    DATEGAMELINKS
    South Alabama leads 1-0
    Jan 22, 2009 UALR 61, @USA 59Recap
    » Mar 9, 2009 USA 54, @UALR 44Recap