Little Rock (LR) men’s basketball entered the winter break 4-6, having suffered a three-point loss to Central Arkansas. The winter break proved frustrating, as LR finished 3-8 and brought their record to 7-14 overall.
The break started with a 67-47 home win over Miles College, the last home game to be played at the Jack Stephens Center for the next month.
The next two games, despite losses, proved two of the most impressive results of the season with a close 99-89 loss at Memphis and a heartbreaking 102-94 overtime loss at Georgetown, a game televised on national television.
Following a brief eleven-day holiday rest, the team lost away to Louisiana-Monroe and Louisiana-Lafayette to open Sun Belt play.
In the first home game of the year on Jan. 10, LR beat Troy 73-59 and followed with another 91-62 home win versus South Alabama, the widest margin of victory this season.
Another brief road trip proved unsuccessful as LR lost 80-62 to Texas State and 82-73 to UT-Arlington.
In their first two games with students back on campus, the Trojans lost to Coastal Carolina 72-71 and Appalachian State 77-73 on Jan. 24, and Jan. 26, respectively.
The close losses brought LR’s conference record to 2-6. Despite an above-.500 home record (6-5), away venues have proven the Trojans’ most difficult challenge, as the team has posted a 1-9 record on the road and has yet to win a conference road game.
LR next plays Arkansas State on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 5:30 p.m. during Hall of Fame weekend festivities at the Jack Stephens Center.