MONROE — The University of Louisiana at Monroe men’s basketball team earned its first victory of the season the hard way, beating Southeastern Louisiana 68-61 in overtime at Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
The victory snapped a 20-game home losing streak for the Warhawks dating to Jan. 4, 2011.
R.J. McCray led the Warhawks (1-4) with 17 points. Jayon James added 10 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.
Marcelis Hansberry scored 16 points off the bench, including five in overtime, and Trent Mackey scored all 14 of his points in the second half.
Jeffery Ricard had a game-high 24 points to lead Southeastern Louisiana (1-6), while Roosevelt Johnson and Brandon Fortenberry each added 12 points.
The Lions scored two points in the final five minutes.
ULM led 59-55 lead with 48 seconds remaining in regulation after rallying from a nine-point halftime deficit.
But SLU’s Johnson scored on a dunk with 36 seconds left and then tipped in Fortenberry’s miss with 0.7 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.
Neither team made a basket in overtime, with all nine points for the Warhawks and the two points by the Lions coming on free throws.
Two free throws by Hansberry broke a 61-61 tie with 2:29 left in overtime, and Trent Mackey hit two more to make it 65-61.
Hansberry made one of two free throws after a missed Lions shot, and he added a pair with five seconds left after making a steal.
ULL 68, Jackson State 57: In Lafayette, Byronesha Santiago had 14 points and 13 rebounds as Louisiana Lafayette rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit for the win.
Freshman Keke Veal added 16 points and six rebounds for the Cajuns (4-4). Sylvana Okde scored 15 points.
Dominique Brothern scored 14 points to lead Jackson State (2-6).
The Cajuns ended the game on a 17-3 run after Veal scored 13 of her 16 points in the final five minutes.
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