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RECAP: Florida Gators Sink Little Rock, 94-71

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Florida’s KeVaughn Allen scored 13 of the Gators’ first 20 points in a 94-71 win over the Little Rock Trojans on Wednesday evening to open the newly-renovated ExacTech Arena. (Source: USA Today Sports)

In a belated home opener on Wednesday evening, the Florida Gators dispatched the visiting Little Rock Trojans with ease, beating them 94-71 behind five double-digit scoring performances.

The Gators (9-3) were forced to play the majority of their non-conference schedule away from their usual home arena, the O’Connell Center, which was in the process of being renovated and was reopened to the team only within the last few days. Florida head coach Mike White, in his second year at the Gators’ helm after a successful run at Louisiana Tech, led his team to a resounding double-digit win to open up the fresh building. Continue reading RECAP: Florida Gators Sink Little Rock, 94-71

RECAP: Oral Roberts Golden Eagles Earn Signature Win Over Little Rock

NCAA Basketball: Arkansas-Little Rock at DePaul
Trojans post presence Lis Shoshi pulled down eight boards in a non-conference loss to Oral Roberts on Monday evening. (Source: USA Today Sports)

Little Rock, which was in the midst of an impressive six-game winning streak with only two losses so far in head coach Wes Flanigan‘s debut year, was sent away from Tulsa on Monday afternoon with a tough third defeat, as the Trojans were whipped by the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles 63-48.

The Eagles’ Aaron Anderson made a pair of 3-pointers in the first half and had eight total points, as ORU began pulling away late in the period and went into the halftime break with a 27-21 advantage.

As a team, Little Rock shot just 7-of-26 (27 percent) from the floor in the first half and did not land a single shot from behind the arc. In fact, the Trojans did not make any of the 15 3-pointers attempted during the entire game (they were 0-for-15), a serious hindrance to any hopes of a second-half comeback.  Continue reading RECAP: Oral Roberts Golden Eagles Earn Signature Win Over Little Rock

Five First Time Head Coaches Enjoying Early-Season Success in Division I

Paul Weir took over as the new head coach at New Mexico State this off-season after Marvin Menzies accepted the vacant position at UNLV. Weir has led the Aggies to a 10-2 start to open the 2016-17 season. (Source: Andres Leighton - Associated Press) (Header Photo: Mitchell Layton - Arkansas State Athletics)
Paul Weir took over as the new head coach at New Mexico State this off-season after Marvin Menzies accepted the vacant position at UNLV. Weir has led the Aggies to a 10-2 start to open the 2016-17 season. (Source: Andres Leighton – Associated Press) (Header Photo: Mitchell Layton – Arkansas State Athletics)

Players aren’t the only ones who make their debuts in college basketball each November.

Each season, there are several first time head coaches who realize their dreams of becoming a head coach at the Division I level. Many have paid their dues, whether it be as an assistant coach in the NCAA, or as a head coach at a smaller institution. The journeys are undoubtedly long, but well worth it in the end, when they see the title of ‘Head Men’s Basketball Coach’ after their name.

The start of the 2016-17 season was no exception.

In total, there are 29 coaches across the country who are first-time head coaches in Division I this season. Some have been assistants at larger programs in the country, while others have been head coaches in the junior college ranks.

Regardless of where they came from, they are now head coaches at the top level of collegiate basketball.

The transition hasn’t been easy for every coach, as only nine of the 29 first-time coaches have a winning record through the first five weeks of the year.

Here are five coaches who are enjoying some early success in their first year at the helm in Division I.
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RECAP: Pepperdine Waves Edge Little Rock Trojans in Lone Star Showcase Action

NCAA Basketball: Arkansas-Little Rock at DePaul
Lis Shoshi, a 6-11 forward from Kosovo, recorded a double-double as he led Little Rock with 16 points and 10 rebounds in a close loss to Pepperdine as part of the Lone Star Showcase. (Source: USA Today Sports)

Kemy Osse‘s 3-point try at the buzzer rimmed out, and the Little Rock Trojans dropped a close contest to the Pepperdine Waves, 66-65, as part of the Lone Star Showcase on Tuesday evening.

The loss came a day after the Trojans (3-2) held off a second-half rally from the St. Bonaventure Bonnies to dispatch the Bonnies for a quality 68-65 victory in the tournament’s first round.

Osse, a redshirt senior from Montreal, had a quiet shooting night as Little Rock shot 38 percent from the floor as a team and stumbled late in the game, despite leading the entire first half and being up by as many as seven points down the stretch. Continue reading RECAP: Pepperdine Waves Edge Little Rock Trojans in Lone Star Showcase Action

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