Golden Eagles complete sweep of Bears
CONWAY — Korey Billbury had 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles to a 63-50 victory over the University of Central Arkansas Bears (6-19, 3-11) on Saturday afternoon at the Farris Center.
After taking a slim 28-25 halftime lead, the Golden Eagles (14-13, 8-6) held the Bears to just 23.3 percent shooting (7 of 30) in the second half and pulled away for the win, completing a season sweep of the series.
UCA continues its three-game homestand against Sam Houston State on Thursday and against Lamar on Saturday afternoon.
Wonder Boys hold off Southern Arkansas
RUSSELLVILLE — Bobby Hatchett scored 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting, Marshawn Arnold added 12 points and eight rebounds, Tyler Friedel had 11 points with five rebounds, and Darrick Little scored 10 points as the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (17-8, 12-5 GAC) held off a late surge from the Southern Arkansas Muleriders (11-13, 7-11 GAC) to win 74-70 in Tucker Coliseum on Saturday night.
Hatchett led the team with six assists to go along with his 15 points and 5-of-11 shooting. Arnold’s eight rebounds led the team but the Wonder Boys attacked the glass all night with seven players grabbing four rebounds or more.
Tech will return to action on Monday for Senior Day in Tucker Coliseum to face Southeastern Oklahoma.
Reddies lose final home game of season
ARKADELPHIA — Northwestern Oklahoma used a huge second half run to beat Henderson State 91-77, Saturday at the Duke Wells Center.
The Rangers (11-13, 8-10 GAC), outscored the Reddies 56-30 in the second half making 19-of-35 shots from the field for 54 percent shooting, while knocking down an astonishing 16-of-18 free throws.
The Reddies (11-15, 7-11) had nine crucial turnovers in the half.
Deoirvay Johnson led HSU with 16 points and pulled down five boards. Taylor Smith contributed with 11 points, and Murphy and Haynes each had 10.
Henderson State will next face Ouachita Baptist on Thursday in the Southern Bancorp Battle of the Ravine.
Weevils snap 4-year skid at Rhodes Field House
SEARCY — The University of Arkansas at Monticello held a 37-27 edge in rebounding and a 42-20 margin in the points in the paint category to headline a 72-70 Great American Conference road victory over Harding on Saturday night at the Rhodes Field House.
Saturday’s win over Harding marks the first time UAM has left the Rhodes Field House with a victory since February 21, 2009 (78-62).
The Bisons (12-12, 9-9 GAC) led for the entire first half, including a double-digit advantage midway through the opening period, and maintained the lead throughout the first six minutes of the second half before the Weevils (17-9, 10-8 GAC) got on top for the first time on a layup from junior Sharif Hudson at the 13:24 mark to put his team up 51-50.
From that point on, there were seven tie scores and six lead changes with neither team leading by more than five points.
Brandon Wilson led UAM with 20 points. Sims chipped in with 17 points and 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. McCants and junior Tre Wells also reached double digits with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Harding’s Jacob Gibson led all scorers with 23 points.
The Weevils return to Monticello for the final two games of the regular season, starting Thursday against rival Southern Arkansas.
Golden Suns win seventh straight
RUSSELLVILLE — Jacinda Myers-Sanders had a 15-point, nine-rebound performance, Caroline Eubanks contributed 15 points, while Danielle Frachiseur came off the bench to score 10 points as the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (15-8, 11-6 GAC) took a 73-63 win over Southern Arkansas (11-13, 7-11 GAC) on Saturday at Tucker Coliseum.
The first half saw five ties and eight lead changes, as the two teams jockeyed for position.
Arkansas Tech will return to Tucker Coliseum on Monday, Feb. 24, facing Southeastern Oklahoma.
Blossoms drop final road game
SEARCY — The University of Arkansas at Monticello women’s basketball team was defeated by the fourth-ranked Harding Lady Bisons on Saturday in the Blossoms’ final road game of the 2013-14 season.
UAM (6-18, 2-16 GAC) could not overcome a 10-0 run from the Lady Bisons (25-1, 17-1 GAC) in the first four minutes of the second half. That run put Harding up by 27 points after holding a 14 point lead at the halftime break.
Sophomore Jordan Goforth led UAM with 19 points. Harding’s Kristen Celsor led all scorers with 21 points.
The Blossoms are back in action on Feb. 27 at home against Southern Arkansas.
A-State downs Bobcats
JONESBORO — A big second half run propelled the Arkansas State to a 74-55 victory over Texas State (12-13, 9-5) Saturday afternoon in a Sun Belt Conference match up at the Convocation Center.
The win gives the Red Wolves (18-9, 9-5) a 2.5 game lead in the SBC standings over the second-place teams.
Four players scored in double-figures to lead the Red Wolves, including a game-high 24 points from sophomore guard Aundrea Gamble. She also added a game-high eight rebounds, while senior forward Jane Morrill scored 17 points on 8-of-17 shooting. Jalen O’Bannon and Brittney Gill scored 10 points to round out the players in double figures.
Arkansas State will play its final regular season road game of the season on March 11 at UALR at 4:30 p.m.
UALR pulls away from UT-Arlington
LITTLE ROCK – Taylor Gault scored 29 points to set a new season high, Kiera Clark added 13 points and seven rebounds, and the UALR women’s basketball team outlasted a feisty UT Arlington 69-60 at the Jack Stephens Center on Saturday evening.
The Trojans, down by as many as 11, fought back, finally regaining control with seven minutes to play.
UALR (14-10, 9-5 SBC) has now won four straight games for the first time all season and remained undefeated at home in conference play with their win over UTA (3-22, 2-12).
Shanity James also had a strong night in spite of four trouble, filling up the stat sheet with 10 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
During the game, Gault reached 100 career 3-pointers while also moving up from 11th all-time at UALR to seventh in made free throws. She also moved up to eighth all-time in steals.
UALR will travel to Troy, Ala., on Wednesday for the final road game of the season.
Lady Reddies lose in OT
ARKADELPHIA — Northwestern Oklahoma (6-18, 6-12) overcame a four-point deficit late in overtime to beat Henderson State 99-97, Saturday at the Duke Wells Center.
Henderson State (13-11, 8-10 GAC) played its second straight overtime game, but unlike Thursday’s game, the Lady Reddies good not come away with a victory.
After setting the HSU and GAC record for points in a single-game with 41 on Thursday, Krystal Beachum led the Lady Reddies with 33 points against the Rangers as well as grabbing 11 rebounds.
Aungelique Sledge hit six treys and ended the game with 26 points. She set the HSU single-season record for 3-point field goals as she surpassed Mandy Hill’s record of 70 set during the 2001-02 season.
Jasmine Settles pitched in 12 points, while Taylor Washington 10.
The Lady Reddies will next travel across Highway 7 to play Ouachita Baptist on Thursday in the part two of the Southern Bancorp Battle of the Ravine.
Reddies split twin bill with East Central
ADA, Okla. — Henderson State broke a 5-5 tie in the eighth-inning to beat East Central 7-6, Saturday in Ada, Okla.
The Reddies (3-10, 3-3 GAC) lost the series finale 6-2.
In game one, Luke Tebbetts picked up the win in relief, going 1 2/3 innings to improve to 2-0 on the year.
In the finale, ECU collected 12 hits and took advantage of seven walks to beat the Reddies 6-2.
Henderson State managed just four hits off of ECU pitcher Icezack Flemming as he went the distance to improve to 1-3 on the year.
Connor Brackhahn went 2-for-2 in the game while Fields had a RBI triple for the Reddies.
Lance Fields finished the three-game series going 4-for-5 while Brackhahn was 4-for-9.
Henderson State returns home Tuesday to face Harding in a non-conference game.