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Louisiana-Monroe defeats Denver 64-53

Jan 16, 2010 - 9:32 PM MONROE, La.(AP) -- Rudy Turner scored 19 points and Louisiana-Monroe defeated Denver 64-53 on Saturday.

The Warhawks (8-11, 3-5 Sun Belt Conference), who trailed by as many as 13-4 with 13:30 to go in the first half, rallied to a 28-28 tie at halftime. Louisiana-Monroe used two runs to pull away from the Pioneers (12-7, 5-3).

The Warhawks scored five straight points to lead 33-28 on Turner's layup 2:01 into the second half.

Denver tied the game at 35-35 on Chase Hallam's 3 with 16 minutes remaining, but the Warhawks scored eight straight to pull away. Dynile Forbes' free throws gave Louisiana-Monroe a 43-35 lead with 11:09 left.

Tony Hooper scored 14 points for the Warhawks and Tommie Sykes added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Forbes had five steals for Louisiana-Monroe, which improved to 7-2 at home.

Hallam had 13 points and Brian Stafford added 12 for the Pioneers.