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Jags can't overcome Little Rock's hit shooting and lose again on road

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Little Rock scored 18 unanswered points late in the first half and went on to defeat the University of South Alabama men's basketball team 91-62 Saturday afternoon at the Jack Stephens Center.

Deondre Burns scored 22 points off the bench for the Trojans (7-10, 2-2 Sun Belt) to lead a group of four in double-digit points. He had seven in the 18-0 run and finished 7 for 9 from the floor and 3 for 4 from 3-point land.

Little Rock made all six field-goal attempts during the scoring burst and forced South Alabama (9-8, 2-2) into five turnovers and four missed shots.

Junior Trhae Mitchell had a team-high 22 points and 6 rebounds for the Jags, who shot 31.3 percent from the floor in the second half after converting 52.2 percent in the first.

GAME FACTS

- Little Rock never trailed and jumped out to an 8-0 lead after 2 minutes

- Senior Rodrick Sikes scored five of South Alabama's next seven points in a 7-2 run to get the Jaguars back to a 10-7 scoreline

- The Trojans went on a 9-2 rally to take their first double-digit lead of the game at 30-19 with 8:02 to play in the first half

- After a 3-pointer from graduate Kory Holden pulled the Jaguars within 34-27, a free throw from Kris Bankston started the run of 18 consecutive points

- Burns scored the next seven points himself on two free throws, a short jumper and a 3-pointer to put the Trojans up 44-27

- Nikola Maric followed with a 3-point play, and Jaizec Lottie and Kamani Johnson capped off the run with a triple and a dunk, respectively

- USA got as close as 17 in the early going of the second half, but an 8-2 answer by LR put the lead back up to 23 and the Jaguars got no closer than 20 the rest of the way

- Holden and junior Josh Ajayi finished with 14 points each

NOTES

- Ajayi grabbed three rebounds to give him 501 for his career

- Rayjon Tucker, who entered Saturday as the conference's second-leading scorer at 21.1 points per game, was held to 6 on 1-for-4 shooting

- South Alabama forced 17 turnovers, matching their average in the last three games, but had just three steals; the team was averaging a conference-best 9.0 steals in league games coming into the contest

- Mitchell hit the 20-point mark for the fourth time this season

- The Jaguars fell to 1-7 when trailing at the half and 0-7 when being outshot

- Ajayi extended his double-digit scoring streak to 12, the longest active run on the team

- South Alabama has lost by an average of 25.7 points in their last three trips to Little Rock; The Jags are 2-5 in their last seven road games in the series with four losses by 17 points or more

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