Drivetime Sports

Steve Shields becomes All-Time Winningest Coach at UALR

11/16/2011 9:23 AM

LITTLE ROCK – Sophomore Chuck Guy scored a career-high 21 points on Tuesday night to lead the UALR men’s basketball team (2-1) to a 75-70 victory over IUPUI at the Jack Stephens Center. Head coach Steve Shields became the Trojans’ all-time winningest coach in the victory, which was the 134th of his UALR career and moved him past Mike Newell on the school’s all-time list.


UALR took the lead for good with a 14-3 run in the early goings of the first half and pushed its lead as high as 15 points on the way to a 43-32 lead at the break. IUPUI played from behind the entire second half and never got any closer than the final score, 75-70, with three seconds remaining.


“I thought it was a good team effort tonight across the board. We did a good job rebounding the ball and getting to the foul line,” said UALR head coach Steve Shields. “We didn’t defend as well as we would have liked for the course of the game, but that is a very good offensive team we played.”


Guy paced the Trojans with a career-high 21-point performance by going 6-of-13 from the field and 7-of-9 at the foul line, while collecting three steals. Senior Courtney Jackson added 12 points off 6-of-9 shooting, while senior Tramar Sutherland and sophomore Will Neighbour chipped in nine points apiece. Freshman Michael Javes added eight points, six rebounds and five blocks over 26 minutes.


Alex Young led the Jaguars with 19 points in the losing effort, scoring 12 of the team’s final 15 points. Greg Rice and Donovan Gibbs added 11 points apiece, with Rice going 3-for-3 from three-point range. The Jaguars shot 49.1 percent from the field in the game, but were outscored at the foul line 18-to-10 and outrebounded 38-to-31.


UALR committed just eight turnovers against the Jaguars, and turned its 12 offensive rebounds into a 12-to-4 scoring edge in second-chance points. Senior point guard D’Andre Williams came up with a team-high seven rebounds, and finished with four assists against two turnovers.


IUPUI held an early 7-4 lead out of the gate, but the Trojans put together a 14-3 run over the next 4:35 to go on top 18-10 following a layup by Jackson. Leading 20-15, UALR scored six-unanswered points following a three-point play by Young to push its lead to double digits for the first time. Junior Eric Lawton, senior Marlon Louzeiro and Guy all delivered field goals during the 6-0 spurt, the last of which gave the Trojans a 26-15 edge with 9:17 left in the half.


Holding a 33-26 lead, UALR used a quick 8-0 run to extend its lead to 15 points, 41-26, as freshman Taggart Lockhart and Neighbour hit three pointers on consecutive possessions. Neighbour capped off the run with a turnaround jumper at the baseline to give the Trojans a 15-point lead with 2:00 left in the half. UALR took a 43-32 lead into the break after a first half in which it outrebounded the Jaguars 24-to-15, with eight offensive rebounds, and scored 22 of its 43 points in the paint.


The two teams traded buckets over the course of the second half, but the Jaguars were never able to seriously cut into UALR’s lead. IUPUI pulled within eight, 55-47, after a basket by Stephen Thomas, but Guy assisted on a three pointer by Sutherland and then scored on a fastbreak layup to put UALR on top 60-47 with 10:52 remaining. Guy’s layup was the first of seven-consecutive points the Fort Worth, Texas-native would score to keep the Jaguars at bay. IUPUI drew within seven points on several occasions down the stretch, but was unable to get any closer.


UALR continues play in the Auto-Owners Spartan Invitational this weekend as it travels north for road games at Eastern Michigan and Michigan State. The game against Michigan State will be televised by the Big Ten Network.


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