MONROE, La. (AP) — Michael Ertel drained a school-record 11 3-pointers, scored a career-high 39 points and Louisiana-Monroe romped past preseason favorite South Alabama 69-49 on Saturday.
Ertel was red-hot to start the game, shooting 10-for-12 from the field with eight 3-pointers and 28 points by halftime as the Warhawks (6-7, 2-2) shot 63% in the first 20 minutes to race away from the preseason Sun Belt favorites by 16 points.
South Alabama (8-7, 1-3) trailed by 20 through most of the second half and saw a two-game win streak end.
Louisiana-Monroe registered season highs with 15 3-pointers and 20 assists.
Chad Lott scored 13 points for the Jaguars, Trhae Mitchell added 11 points. Josh Ajayi added eight points with seven rebounds.
Louisiana-Monroe plays Coastal Carolina on the road on Monday. South Alabama plays Texas-Arlington on the road on Monday.