Will Neighbour had 13 points and six rebounds for the Trojans (6-3, 2-0 Sun Belt).
UALR came out fast in the second half to open up a 41-28 advantage. Louisiana-Monroe responded with back-to-back 3-pointers from James and Trent Mackey to cut the deficit to seven, but that was as close as it would get.
The Trojans scored eight straight points, including four from Dillard, to build a 53-38 advantage with 11:43 remaining.
Louisiana-Monroe committed 20 turnovers.
Thurl Bailey, a member of the 1983 NC State title team, has helped get the Wolfpack an invitation to the White House to meet President Barack Obama on May 9.
It's about time for someone other than Duke and Kentucky to grab the top class. Could it be Shaka Smart and Texas in 2017?
Which teams have enjoyed the most NCAA tournament success since 2000? Kansas' recent run to the Elite Eight vaulted the Jayhawks up the list.