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RECAP: Little Rock Trojans Defeat the University of the Ozarks, 100-61

Maurius Hill put up 20 points to lead the Little Rock Trojans to the 100-61 win on Monday night.
Maurius Hill put up 20 points to lead the Little Rock Trojans to the 100-61 win on Monday night.

Monday was just another day at the office.

Little Rock Trojans head coach Wes Flanigan led his team to another tune-up victory Monday evening at the Jack Stephens Center, a 100-61 throttling of the University of the Ozarks, a Division III program.

Before the bench cleared and the points came raining down for the Trojans (2-0), who pulled away after a relatively competitive first half, it was clear who possessed the hot hand. Continue reading RECAP: Little Rock Trojans Defeat the University of the Ozarks, 100-61

RECAP: Flanigan Wins Debut as Little Rock Trojans Roll Over NAIA Central Baptist College

Kemy Osse scored a career-high 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field to help lead Little Rock past Central Baptist College, 97-65. (Source: Getty Images)
Kemy Osse scored a career-high 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field to help lead Little Rock past Central Baptist College, 97-65. (Source: Getty Images)

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. Continue reading RECAP: Flanigan Wins Debut as Little Rock Trojans Roll Over NAIA Central Baptist College

RECAP: LSU’s Second Half Surge Dooms Wofford Terriers in Season Opener

Aaron Epps (21) scored 17 points and pulled down 9 rebounds in LSU's 91-69 win over Wofford to open the 2016-17 season.
Aaron Epps (21) scored 17 points and pulled down 9 rebounds in LSU’s 91-69 win over Wofford to open the 2016-17 season.

Despite establishing an energetic substitution pace and leading at halftime, the Wofford Terriers could not hold on against the LSU Tigers on Saturday afternoon, dropping a 91-69 decision in the season opener.

The Terriers opened the game with a flash of déjà-vu, when for the second consecutive year a freshman made a statement debut against an SEC front. In 2015-16, star shooting guard Fletcher Magee began his collegiate career with a surprising 22 points off the bench against Missouri, a sign of strong play to come.

Today, Wofford received a jolt from true freshman Nathan Hoover, who joined Magee and senior point guard Eric Garcia in a 7-for-12 attack from behind the arc in the first half. Hoover, regarded as a sharpshooter out of Arlington High School in Memphis, had 11 first-half points and was 3-for-4 from long distance. Continue reading RECAP: LSU’s Second Half Surge Dooms Wofford Terriers in Season Opener

Wofford Terriers Stay True to Form as New Season Looms

Senior guard Eric Garcia will be looked upon to lead the team in terms of both on-court production and off-court
Senior guard Eric Garcia will be looked upon to lead the team in terms of both on-court production and emotion both on and off the court.

It’s a little bit of everything, but all the same.

This season, the Wofford Terriers‘ roster is a mix of veterans, players poised for increased performances, and a large, intriguing freshman class. In spite of the variety, and perhaps the unpredictability that such a team brings, associate head coach Dustin Kerns said the staff’s approach remains unchanged.

“We’re not guys that believe in rebuilding,” Kerns said. “We want to win now, and that’s always been the mentality and the mindset here. Yes, we might have some younger players, but our urgency and what’s important now is winning.” Continue reading Wofford Terriers Stay True to Form as New Season Looms

Wofford Terriers Announce Non-Conference Schedule

Senior guard Eric Garcia is ready to lead the Wofford Terriers in 2016-17, who face a tough non-conference slate that features a game against a power conference foe that will serve as a sort-of homecoming for Garcia.
Senior point guard Eric Garcia is ready to lead the Wofford Terriers in 2016-17, who face a tough non-conference slate that features a game against a power conference foe that will serve as a sort-of homecoming for Garcia.

Once again, the Wofford Terriers will put their talent to the test in the season’s first two months with a strong non-conference slate.

Wofford, which brings back a healthy mix of returners and an exciting freshman class, released its out-of-conference schedule Monday via Twitter. The Terriers will open the 2016-17 campaign November 11th against the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge, the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

The schedule includes seven road trips and a pair of games against teams which cracked the AP Top 25 sometime last season, including the opener with Johnny Jones‘ Tigers squad and a December 3rd match-up with the Miami (Fl.) Hurricanes.

Two other marquee games involve unique connections with Wofford athletics. Continue reading Wofford Terriers Announce Non-Conference Schedule

2016-17 Schedules: Little Rock Trojans

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Wes Flanigan, who returned to the Little Rock coaching staff as associate head coach last season, was announced as the team’s new skipper this March. Previous head coach Chris Beard left to coach at Texas Tech. (Photo Credit: CollegeInsider.com)

Wes Flanigan has big shoes to fill in his first year as head coach of the Little Rock Trojans. But that doesn’t mean he’s new to the success.

Flanigan served as associate head coach last season during Chris Beard’s only year at the helm in Little Rock. Beard led the program to its first-ever 30-win campaign, a historic outright Sun Belt title and an exciting run into the NCAA Tournament’s Round of 32.

Little Rock, which plays its home games at the 5,600-seat Jack Stephens Center on campus, enjoyed the nation’s largest percentage rise in attendance last season, with average attendance spiking by over 2,300 fans per game.

Despite being an extremely seasoned squad who return several valuable pieces to the puzzle, the Trojans’ rotation took a definite hit this offseason.

Star everything-guard Josh Hagins, who led the team in points per game (13.2), assists (4.7) and steals (1.5), and who is known best for his late-game heroics against the Purdue Boilermakers in the NCAA Tournament, moved on and is now chasing a dream with the Sacramento Kings in the NBA Summer League.

Roger Woods, the Trojans’ rebound leader and another big-time playmaker, also graduated and inked a deal earlier this month to play professional basketball in Switzerland.

Mareik Isom, a 6-9 forward, announced he would play next season under Shaka Smart at Texas as a graduate transfer.

Among the strong returning class are Lis Shoshi, a rangy 6-11 senior forward from Kosovo and Marcus Johnson Jr., who led the Trojans in 3-point shooting with a 47 percent success rate behind the arc last season.

Kemy Osse, a redshirt senior guard from Montreal, Quebec, will likely see his minutes increase along with those of Jalen Jackson and Maurius Hill, whose contributions were limited mainly to those off the bench.

Almost every player on this Little Rock team has game experience, which should help alleviate the stress of transitioning to a new head coach. The Trojans lost some big playmakers, but bring back a great deal of talent, valuable experience and even some new opportunities hidden in the roster.

It’s Flanigan’s turn to prove that last year’s explosion of success is more than simply a flash in the pan. Continue reading 2016-17 Schedules: Little Rock Trojans