UALR ends skid on Osse’s late 3-pointer

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SCOREBOARD - TROY SCHULTE

A se­nior strug­gling in his fi­nal home game came up big for the Univer­sity of Arkansas at Lit­tle Rock on Mon­day night.

Kemy Osse, who missed his first seven shots from the floor, made a step-back three-pointer with 8.1 sec­onds left in the game to com­plete an im­prob­a­ble come­back in a 56-54 vic­tory over Ge­or­gia South­ern at the Jack Stephens Cen­ter in Lit­tle Rock.

The Tro­jans twice trailed by more than 10 points in the sec­ond half, and it was 50-42 with 7:25 left. But UALR held Ge­or­gia South­ern to four points the rest of the game as it be­gan to chip into the deficit.

An­dre Jones hit a layup with 2:39 left, then an­other with 1:43 left and drew a charge to get UALR the ball back with 1:27 left and trail­ing 54-53. Then af­ter Ge­or­gia South­ern’s Tookie Brown missed a free throw and Mar­cus John­son got the re­bound, UALR called a time­out with 17.7 sec­onds left.

Jalen Jack­son then drove the lane and passed to Osse on the right wing, who hit the shot in front of his team’s bench. Ge­or­gia South­ern’s Ike Smith then drove the right side of the lane but his shot went off the back­board and Lis Shoshi grabbed the re­bound, clinch­ing a UALR vic­tory that snapped a four-game los­ing streak.

The Tro­jans fin­ished on a 14-4 run.

Jack­son has 16 points for UALR ( 14-15, 5-11 Sun Belt Con­fer­ence), while John­son and Hill each had 11. The Tro­jans shot 44.4 per­cent from the floor, made 6 of 20 three point­ers and com­mit­ted 15 turnovers.

The Tro­jans looked to be head­ing to a fifth con­sec­u­tive loss for much of the game. Even though Smith was held to 15 points and Brown eight, Jake Allsmiller’s sea­son-high 19 points kept the Ea­gles in front.

His three-pointer with 7:25 left put Ge­or­gia South­ern up 50-42, but the Tro­jans stormed back.

John­son hit a three-pointer from the cor­ner, Mau­rius Hill made two free throws, John­son made two free throws, then Jones drove the lane twice for layups to spark the come­back.

The come­back didn’t come un­til af­ter UALR fell into a rut of set­tling for three-point­ers in the first half, an is­sue that has plagued it through­out the four-game los­ing streak.

SUN BELT MEN ARKANSAS STATE 78, GE­OR­GIA STATE 67

The Arkansas State Red Wolves es­tab­lished a six-point half­time lead on Mon­day night at the Con­vo­ca­tion Cen­ter in Jones­boro and grad­u­ally in­creased con­trol in the sec­ond half to de­feat Ge­or­gia State 78-67 in the Red Wolves’ fi­nal Sun Belt home game.

The vic­tory moves ASU (20-9, 11-5) into sole pos­ses­sion of sec­ond place in the Sun Belt Stand­ings.

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