Sun Belt Men's Basketball Roundup for January 8th

New Orleans (SBC) - Four other Sun Belt games were played Saturday afternoon.

Denver Takes Down ULM, 66-57
MONROE, La. - University of Denver junior guard Brian Stafford (Walnut Creek, Calif.) scored nine of his game-high 22 points in the final 61 seconds, leading the Pioneers to a 66-57 road victory over Louisiana-Monroe at Fant-Ewing Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

The victory was the sixth-straight for Denver (8-9, 4-0 SBC) and, combined with the 62-59 win over Western Kentucky on Thursday, marked DU's first road sweep since beating Florida International and North Texas on Jan. 9 and 11, 2003, respectively.

UALR Hits 13 Treys in Win over Troy
LITTLE ROCK - The UALR men's basketball team (9-9, 1-2) drained a season-high 13 three pointers to knock off Troy, 76-73, at the Jack Stephens Center on Saturday night. Troy rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit to take a 51-48 lead with 9:24 left in the game, but UALR used timely three-point shots and converted 8-of-8 free throws over the final 30 seconds to pick up its first Sun Belt win of the year.

UALR shot just 27.3 percent from the field in the second half (6-of-22), with all six of its made field goals coming from beyond the arc, but converted 17-of-21 free-throw attempts over the final 20 minutes. Troy connected on 12-of-29 three pointers in the loss, as the two teams combined to make 25 treys, but UALR outscored Troy 25-to-7 at the foul line to overcome a .365 field goal percentage.

FIU Extends Winning Streak to Three; Defeats South Alabama 73-62
MIAMI (Jan. 8, 2011) -- Senior Marvin Roberts poured in a team-high 18 points as the FIU men's basketball team defeated the South Alabama Jaguars, 73-62, on Saturday, Jan. 8, at U.S. Century Bank Arena.

The win marked the third-straight conference victory for the Panthers (8-7, 3-0 Sun Belt Conference), who remain perfect in league action.

Middle Tennessee Defeats Louisiana-Lafayette in Overtime, 93-91

James Washington scored 23 points and Middle Tennessee defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 93-91 in overtime on Saturday night.

Jason Jones added 17 points for the Blue Raiders (7-9, 2-1 Sun Belt Conference).

Middle Tennessee led for the final 3:09 of OT, but Louisiana-Lafayette's Raymone Andrews hit a layup to cut the deficit to 91-90 with 7 seconds left.

J.T. Sulton added 16 points and Gallman had 12 for the Blue Raiders. La'Ryan Gary scored 20 points, Scottie Farrington had 15 and 10 rebounds and Travis Bureau added 14 points for the Ragin' Cajuns (3-12, 1-3).