MONROE, La. -- Markquis Nowell had a season-high 33 points, including three 3-pointers in the final 35 seconds, as Arkansas-Little Rock edged Louisiana-Monroe 73-72 in a Sun Belt Conference opener on Thursday night.
UALR (7-5) trailed 69-63 with 2:03 remaining. There was no more scoring until Nowell hit a 3-pointer with 35 seconds left. After Michael Ertel made two free throws for ULM, Nowell drained another 3-pointer with 22 seconds left and the Trojans trailed 71-69. After both teams made 1 of 2 from the line, UALR gained possession on a held ball. With 11 seconds left, the ball was inbounded to Nowell and he swished a 30-footer with 3 seconds left. Ertel's halfcourt attempt was off the mark at the buzzer.
Nowell's nine points in the final 35 seconds were more than any of his teammates scored.
Arkansas-Little Rock plays at Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday. Louisiana-Monroe plays at home against Arkansas State on Saturday.
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