Wes Flanigan began his head-coaching career in the win column as his Little Rock Trojans trounced Central Baptist College, an NAIA team from nearby Conway, 97-65 on Saturday afternoon.
The Trojans, who also blew out another local program, the Arkansas-Monticello Boll Weevils, by nearly thirty points in an exhibition game last Tuesday, effectively spread the wealth against the Mustangs as 12 Little Rock players made a mark in the score book and 45 of the team’s 97 points originated from the bench.
Redshirt senior guard Kemy Osse led the team with 16 points, as the Montreal native was 6-of-8 from the field and 4-of-6 from beyond the 3-point arc. His counterpart, Marcus Johnson Jr., scored 13 points and had a team-high seven rebounds. Johnson Jr. and Maurius Hill both registered four assists.
Six other Trojans players scored at least nine points, including freshman reserve Andre Jones (12 points) and veterans like senior forward Lis Shoshi and senior stretch man Jalen Jackson (nine points each).
Little Rock never trailed as it built up a 51-28 lead at halftime and were quick to empty the bench in the second half.
Central Baptist’s Nick Jones scored 21 points, with nine of them coming from the free-throw line. Jordan Ford added 13 points for the Mustangs, which are facing a quick turnaround to play another in-state Division I team, the Arkansas State Red Wolves, on Monday night.
The Trojans also play next on Monday, with a home meeting against Divison III University of the Ozarks, before facing the Idaho Vandals next Friday.