Trojans can’t hold halftime lead
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – UALR led by as many as 12 and boasted a seven-point lead at the half, but No. 16/15 Memphis used a 17-2 second-half run to come from behind for a 73-59 win at the FedExForum Friday night. Sophomore Josh Hagins led UALR on offense with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field and 3-of-6 from 3-point range.
Leading 31-24 at halftime, the Trojans scored five of the first six points of the second half to quickly increase its lead to double digits. UALR’s second-half lead grew as large as 11 on a 3-pointer by Will Neighbour at the 16:40 mark. From there Memphis began to chip away at the Trojans’ lead, rattling off seven unanswered as part of 17-2 run that was capped by Chris Crawford’s 3-pointer to make it 45-41 with 10:17 to play.
Neighbour finished with 15 points, three blocks and two steals in 34 minutes. The 6-10 senior has now reached double figures in scoring in all nine of UALR’s games to start the year.
DeVonte Smith scored nine points, all in the second half, and tallied four assists and two steals in 37 minutes. Sophomore Kemy Osse chipped in eight points off the bench. Classmate James White grabbed seven rebounds and blocked a shot in 26 minutes.
UALR will now have more than a week off before it plays its next game against Jacksonville State on Dec. 20 in the first of two contests at the BVI Tropical Shootout in the British Virgin Islands.
Rams Hold Off No. 16 Lions
FORT SMITH — Angelo State built a 16-point lead early in the second half of Friday’s South Central Region encounter against UAFS and held off a late comeback by the No. 16 Lions to post a 71-69 neutral site win at Collin County College in Plano, Texas.
It was the first loss for the Lions, who moved up two spots in this week’s NABC/Division II Top 25. UAFS’ six-game winning streak to start the season was the best start by the Lions since becoming members of NCAA Division II in the fall of 2009.
The Lions (6-1) won’t have much time to ponder on their first loss.
UAFS will finish its first semester home schedule at 7 p.m. on Saturday when it hosts Ecclesia College in the fourth annual Toy Toss Game at the Stubblefield Center. The Lions will finish the first semester next week with road trips to St. Mary’s (Thursday) and Texas A&M International (Dec. 21).
Seth Youngblood led UAFS with 17 points, making three of the Lions’ six 3-pointers. Jake Toupal had 10 points, including two 3-pointers.
Lady Bisons defeat Central Baptist
SEARCY - Junior guard Shana Holmes scored 21 points to lead the 15th-ranked Harding women’s basketball team over Central Baptist 86-49 in non-conference action on Friday. The Lady Bisons stayed perfect on the season with an 8-0 record.
It’s the best start for Harding since the 2008-09 season with the Lady Bisons opened the season with a 12-0 record.
It was the second straight game Holmes has led Harding in scoring. She had a season-high 22 points against East Central last Thursday. Holmes hit two 3-pointers and shot 8-of-14 from the field.
Senior guard Deshelle Isaac-Boyce had 12 points hitting 6-of-8 from the field. Sophomore guard Kaylee Wiedower hit three 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 11 points. Junior forward Arielle Saunders had 10 points and 11 rebounds for her first double-double of the season and her 16th career.
The Lady Bisons will be back in action next week as they travel to Oahu, Hawaii to participate in the Oahu Classic. Harding will play Notre Dame Ohio on Tuesday at and then the Lady Bisons will wrap up the classic on Wednesday against Lake Superior State.
OBU plans to renovate, rename stadium in Harris’ honor
ARKADELPHIA — Ouchita Baptist University announced plans Friday for a fundraising campaign to renovate and rename the school’s football stadium in honor of alumnus Cliff Harris.
A major donor has provided a gift as a matching challenge for the project and funds will be solicited by the “100-Yard Campaign” during the next 120 days, OBU President Rex Horne said. The OBU Board of Trustees approved the campaign Friday.
The project will include improved stadium seating plus improvements to the pressbox and parking lot, among other things. Cliff Harris Stadium is to be ready for the 2014 football season.
Harris was an All-American safety for the Tigers in the 1960s and an All-Pro safety for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1970s. He played in six Pro Bowls and five Super Bowls.
Awards continue for Razorbacks
FAYETTEVILLE — The postseason awards continued to role in for a handful of Razorbacks on Friday.
Running back Alex Collins and tight end Hunter Henry were named to The Sporting News Freshman All-American team on Friday. Collins — who was named the Associated Press’ SEC Freshman of the Year earlier this week — led the Razorbacks with 1,026 rushing yards. Henry — who was named second-team All-SEC by AP — finished with 28 catches for 409 yards with 4 touchdowns.
Arkansas center Travis Swanson also was named to the Sporting News’ All-SEC team. It was the center’s fifth All-SEC team honor this week. Swanson was tabbed as a first-team All-America by USA Today and also was one of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy, which is presented annually to the nation’s top center. Florida State’s Bryan Stork was named the 2013 Rimington Trophy winner on Thursday.
Swanson and Henry were among four Razorbacks that appeared on Athlon’s All-SEC team Friday as well. The two joined defensive end Chris Smith and place kicker Zach Hocker as second-team All-SEC selections by the publication.
UAFS holiday basketball clinic set
FORT SMITH — UAFS men’s basketball coach Josh Newman and his staff will conduct their annual UAFS Holiday Basketball Clinic on Dec. 23-24 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Stubblefield Center.
The clinic is for boys and girls ages 5-15. Cost is $80 per person and includes a camp T-shirt and certificate. Clinic applications are available at the UAFS athletics department office inside the Stubblefield Center or online at www.uafortsmithlions.com under the “camps” heading on the men’s basketball home page.
For more information, contact assistant men’s basketball coach Justin Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 479-788-7593.
Tech baseball to host winter camps
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas Tech baseball program will host two winter camp sessions on Dec. 30 and 31, assistant coach Derrick Wynn announced today. Camp information and registration is available at atechbaseballcamps.com.
On Dec. 30, the camp will be for high school players ages 13-18. The camp will be broken into two separate sessions; the hitting session will be from 9-12 a.m. at a cost of $60 and the pitching/catching session from 1-3 p.m. at a cost of $50 or both sessions for $100.
The Little Wonders All Skills Camp for ages 6 to 12 will be on December 31 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at a cost of $100 with lunch provided. The camp will focus on teaching fundamentals and increasing the campers overall baseball knowledge using film analysis breakdowns and playing games.
For more information, contact Derrick Wynn at 479-968-0211 or email@example.com.