TROY, Ala. -- Michael Ertel scored 23 points as Louisiana-Monroe snapped its 10-game losing streak, holding on to beat Troy 74-71 on Thursday night.
Erie Olonade had 14 points for Louisiana-Monroe (7-17, 3-12 Sun Belt Conference), which notched its first road win of the season. Chris Efretuei added 13 points and eight rebounds. Tyree White had 10 points.
Troy scored a season-low 19 first-half points, but came roaring back from a 34-19 halftime deficit with a 52-point second half. The Trojans (9-17, 5-10) were scrapping to stay in range of eighth place in the Sun Belt and a spot in the conference tournament.
Troy cut a 12-point gap, with under four minutes to play, down to 73-71 with four seconds left before Olonade sank a free throw for the Warhawks.
The Warhawks improve to 2-0 against the Trojans this season. Louisiana-Monroe defeated Troy 79-63 on Jan. 2.
Louisiana-Monroe plays South Alabama on the road on Saturday. Troy faces Louisiana-Lafayette at home on Saturday.
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