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College Round-Up for Dec. 1

BASKETBALL

Men’s

Texas A&M Commerce holds off Henderson State

ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State’s attempt to beat unbeaten Texas A&M Commerce fell short as LaDon Carnegie hit one of two free throws with 3 seconds remaining to give the Lions a 75-74 victory over the Reddies, Saturday at the Duke Wells Center.

Texas A&M Commerce, 8-0 on the season, tied the score at 74-74 with 27 seconds left when Devondrick Walker hit his fifth 3-point field goal of the game.

The Reddies, 4-4 this season, led by as many as nine points in the first half, but the Lions were able to rally and take a 33-31 lead into the locker room at the break.

Four Reddies scored in double figures with Ronald Lawson leading the way with 14 points and a team-best 8 rebounds.

Johnson ended the game with 13 points, while Taylor Smith and Kevin Kozan each had 12.

Henderson State will next play host to Arkansas-Monticello in Great American Conference action on Dec. 5 at the Duke Wells Center.

A-State downs Lamar

BEAUMONT, Texas — Senior Melvin Johnson III made his first eight three-point field goals and finished with a season-high 26 points to lead the Arkansas State University men’s basketball team to a 95-89 victory over Lamar this Saturday at LU’s Montagne Center in Beaumont, Texas.

Johnson III, who came into the non-conference contest as A-State’s top scorer with a team-high 18 triples in five outings this season, knocked down all of his three treys in the first half and then hit five more within the second half’s first eight minutes to tie a Lamar arena record. His eight three’s in the contest were one shy of matching the A-State single-game mark of nine held by three former Red Wolves.

The Red Wolves won their second consecutive game in improving to 4-2 overall while Lamar suffers its fourth loss in a row and falls to 1-7 on the season.

Arkansas State is back in action this Monday night as the Red Wolves face the Niagara Purple Eagles at the A-State Convocation Center in Jonesboro.

Wonder Boys earn comeback win over No. Midwestern State

RUSSELLVILLE — Bobby Hatchett led all players with 16 points, Bryson Fletcher went 4-for-4 with 14 points, and Marshawn Arnold had five points with six rebounds as the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys fought off a 14-point deficit in the second half to win 58-57 over the No. 6 Midwestern State Mustangs on Saturday in Tucker Coliseum.

Tech will return to action Dec. 5 to take on conference opponent Southeastern Oklahoma.

Hendrix edges Bearcats 80-79

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Hendrix College men’s basketball team escaped the first day of the Rhodes College Thanksgiving Classic with an 80-79 victory over Rust College on Saturday afternoon.

The Warriors (4-2) built and 11-point lead early in the first half, but the Bearcats (3-3) came back to take a 40-38 lead at the break.

Sophomore guard Drew Nikolovski made five trifectas en route to 17 points. Sophomore forward Will Roland came off the bench to score a career-high 14 points. Colton Primm finished with 13 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two blocks and junior forward Luke Vance had 13 points and eight rebounds.

The Warriors will wrap up the Thanksgiving Classic with Schreiner University on Sunday.

Harding falls at buzzer to No. 21 Northeastern State

RUSSELLVILLE — Northeastern State’s Marcus Sheppard hit a desperation 3-pointer from more than 30 feet from the basket at the buzzer to give the 21st-ranked RiverHawks a 66-64 victory over Harding on Saturday at the Arkansas Tech Thanksgiving Weekend Classic.

The loss dropped Harding to 3-4 overall with Great American Conference games coming at home against East Central on Dec. 5 and Southeastern Oklahoma on Dec. 7. Northeastern State improved to 5-2 with two of its victories coming against Harding.

Harding made a season-high 13 3-pointers, led by six from freshman Will Francis, who led Harding with 18 points. Weston Jameson scored 10 points and was the only other Bison in double figures.

No. 25 Lions Roll Past Hardrockers

FORT SMITH — South Dakota School of Mines and Technology were living the dream going into the locker room with a four-point halftime lead against No. 25 UAFS during Friday’s nonconference game.

The Lions, however, quickly turned the Hardrockers’ dream of an upset into a nightmare. Four players scored in double-figures as UAFS rallied for dominating 101-87 win at Goodell Gymnasium in Rapid City, S.D.

The Lions used a potent perimeter attack to ignite their comeback, sinking eight of their 10 3-pointers in the final 20 minutes while outscoring the Hardrockers 63-45.

Freshman guard Seth Youngblood led the Lions with 23 points, draining seven 3-pointers. Senior guard Jake Toupal chipped in 18 points, sinking two 3-pointers. Junior guard Tramel White and freshman guard Alex Cooper added 15 and 12 points, respectively.

Women’s

‘Roos edge Warriors 70-66

CONWAY — The Hendrix College women’s basketball team lead by a point with 1:01 left to play, but could not hang on the lead, falling to Austin College 70-66 at Grove Gymnasium on Saturday evening.

The visiting ‘Roos (2-3) took a 31-30 lead into halftime, then expanded their lead to seven points with 16:38 to play. The Warriors (2-4) answered with a 21-6 run, going up 57-49 at the 9:11 mark.

Freshman forward Anna King paced Hendrix with 14 points and sophomore point guard Caitlin Krisel-Bigler had 13 points, five rebounds and three assists. Jamie Tate, a senior forward, had 12 points, 17 rebounds, three assists and a block. Freshman guard Taylor Neal added 12 points and junior guard Kati Broberg had eight.

Hendrix will open Southern Athletic Association play on Wednesday when they host No. 20 Rhodes College.

UALR rallies to win

TULSA, Okla. – After scoring just nine points in the first half, the UALR women’s basketball team came to life in the second half at Oral Roberts on Friday and stole a victory from the home team.

Taylor Gault hit a baseline jumper from the right side of the court with just six seconds left, capping a UALR rally from 11 points down in a 53-51 victory at the Mabee Center on Saturday evening.

Taylor Ford led the Trojans with 14 on 4-of-8 shooting, and Shanity James extended her streak of double-figure scoring games to 11 with 12 points. Gault scored 11 and moved into sole possession of eighth all-time at UALR in points. James and Kaitlyn Pratt has six rebounds apiece, while Hannah Fohne – playing in her first game of the season after missing the first four due to a back injury – had two points and two rebounds in 12 minutes.

The victory was head coach Joe Foley’s 200th in his 14 years at UALR, but that victory seemed unlikely after a first half that saw the Trojans score just nine points – the smallest total in Foley’s tenure in Little Rock.

The victory extends the Trojans’ winning streak in the series to two games and improves UALR to 2-2 all-time against the Golden Eagles. Saturday also marked the Trojans’ first victory over Oral Roberts in Tulsa.

The Trojans continue their three-game road stretch when they travel to the Lone Star State for a Wednesday night match-up against Texas.

A-State suffers loss to Arizona State

RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico — The Arkansas State women’s basketball team concluded play at the 2013 Cancun Challenge presented by Triple Crown Sports at the Hard Rock Resort Saturday afternoon with a 69-66 loss to Arizona State.

The Red Wolves (4-4) trailed by six at 62-56 with 1:01 to play, but Aundrea Gamble cut the deficit to four with a layup and a Sun Devils (6-1) turnover on the inbounds pass resulted in a 3-pointer by Jane Morrill to make it a one point game with 35 seconds to play.

Morrill led the team in the category by going 7-10 from the field and finished with 16 points. Gamble had a game-high 23 points, 15 of which came in the second half. She was also named the Cancun Challenge All-Tournament Team.

Jalen O’Bannon was named to the Cancun Challenge All-Tournament team after leading the Red Wolves with 14.3 points and 7.7 rebounds over the three-game span. She also had her first career double-double against Illinois and led Arkansas State in scoring in two of its three games.

The Red Wolves return action Dec. 12 at Wichita State.

Celsor leads Lady Bisons over No. 5 Central Missouri

SEARCY - Senior forward Kristen Celsor scored 33 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Harding women’s basketball team over fifth-ranked Central Missouri 96-67 on Friday in non-conference action at the Rhodes Field House. The Lady Bisons improved to 6-0 on the season.

It was Celsor’s third double-double of the season and 10th of her career. It was also the second time this season she has scored over 30 points in a game and the third in her career.

Junior guard Shana Holmes hit two 3-pointers and was a perfect 3-of-3 from the free throw line to finish with 11 points. Freshman guard Taylor Longley came off the bench and was perfect from behind the 3-point line hitting 3-of-3 and scored a career-high 11 points.

It was Central Missouri’s first loss of the season as they fall to 5-1.

Harding will continue Great American Conference action on Dec. 5 as it hosts East Central at the Rhodes Field House.

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