Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Laroche Leads Ospreys to Comeback Win

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Laroche Leads Ospreys to Comeback Win

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Alain Laroche scored 26 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead the University of North Florida over Concordia, 81-71, on Saturday at the UNF Arena.

Down nine points with 10 minutes left against the Division II school from New York, the senior forward -- and some full-court pressure defense -- sparked a 21-3 run that saved the Ospreys.

The win improved UNF to 2-0 for the first time since the 2000-01 season.

"Give credit to Concordia," UNF coach Matt Kilcullen said. "Their guys played their hearts out for 40 minutes and really came after us. I was proud of our guys, too. When it seemed like everything was going against us, they kept their resolve and found a way to win."

The Clippers (0-4) built their lead with second chances, outrebounding UNF 44-34, including 20 offensive rebounds.

But defense proved to be the difference for the Ospreys, as they turned 20 turnovers into 28 points.

David Ashwell added 12 points for UNF, while reserves Cortez Riley and Riley Didion provided energy off the bench.

"[Riley and Didion] gave us big lifts when we needed them and got some key guys in foul trouble," Kilcullen said. "Over the course of the season, teams will always have games like this, where you don't play your best and need to find a way to win."

UNF begins Atlantic Sun Conference play next week. The Ospreys will be at Florida Atlantic on Wednesday and face cross-town rival Jacksonville University on Friday.

No. 2 Texas 90, Louisiana-Monroe 55: P.J. Tucker hit all nine of his shots, including his first career 3-pointer, to score 19 points in leading the Longhorns.

After tough wins over No. 13 West Virginia and No. 18 Iowa, the Longhorns (5-0) coasted past the overmatched Indians (3-3). LaMarcus Aldridge had his fifth consecutive double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. …

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