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story.lead_photo.caption UALR’s Anthony Black (30) drives to the basket past Norfolk State’s Mastadi Pitt during the first half of UALR’s 70-55 victory Sunday at the Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock. Black had five points for the Trojans. - Photo by Thomas Metthe

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock opened a 39-23 halftime advantage and were never threatened in the final 20 minutes Sunday in winning their first game of the season, 70-55, over Norfolk State at the Jack Stephens Center.

UALR (1-5) led 19-16 with 7:25 left in the first half before going on a 20-7 run to take their 16-point lead at intermission. The Trojans led by as many as 26 points (56-30) after two free throws by Cameron Corcoran with 8:10 left in the game.

The Trojans had no player score in double figures, but had four players -- Andre Jones, Camron Reedus, Wadly Mompremier and Jaizec Lottie -- all score nine points. Corcoran and Ben Marcus added eight points apiece.

The Trojans shot 52 percent (26 of 50) from the field and 37.5 percent (6 of 16) on three-pointers.

UALR held Norfolk State (0-6) to 29.5 percent shooting from the field and scored 28 points off 21 Spartan turnovers.

The Trojans outscored the Spartans 38-10 inside the lane and led 36-16 in bench points.

Oliver Black had a team-high seven rebounds for the Trojans, including four on the offensive end. Lottie had five rebounds and a team-high five assists for UALR, while Jones had four rebounds and three assists. Mompremier had five rebounds and tied a career high with four blocked shots.

Norfolk State's Steven Whitley led all scorers with 16 points as he was the only player to finish in double figures. Nic Thomas added 9 points for the Spartans, while Kyle Williams and Preston Bungei chipped in 8 and 7, respectively.

Sports on 11/27/2017

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