Chaps upset Lions
FORT SMITH — Freshman guard Seth Youngblood scored a career-high 28 points on Saturday afternoon, but that wasn’t enough to help the UAFS Lions hold off the upset-minded Lubbock Christian Chaps.
Lubbock Christian shot 56 percent from the field in the first half and 51 percent from the field for the game to beat preseason Heartland Conference favorite UAFS 85-82 at the Rip Griffin Center in Lubbock, Texas.
The loss snapped a season-best, eight-game winning streak by the Lions (15-4, 8-3), which slipped two games behind conference leader Texas A&M International. UAFS will host Texas A&M International at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday night.
Youngblood was one of four Lions to score in double-figures. Senior forward Beau Franklin had 12 points, junior forward Miha Glavas had 11 and Toupal had 10.
UALR overcomes second-half rally for win
MOBILE, Ala. — In a game featuring three ties and six lead changes over the final 13 minutes, UALR (12-10, 7-3 SBC) held on for a 62-58 win over South Alabama (7-14, 1-7 SBC) Saturday afternoon at the Mitchell Center. Senior Will Neighbour finished with 23 points and nine rebounds while sophomore Josh Hagins scored 18 points and helped ice the game by scoring eight points and going 5 of 6 from the line over the final 1:25.
UALR returns to action this Thursday night when it hosts league-leading Georgia State at the Jack Stephens Center.
Wonder Boys down Southern Nazarene
RUSSELLVILLE — Marshawn Arnold led all players with 19 points, Kendall Pinkney added 16 points, Darrick Little had 13 points with eight rebounds, and Clarence Willard scored 11 points as the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (12-7, 7-4 GAC) basketball team downed the Southern Nazarene Crimson Storm (8-10, 6-6 GAC) 73-65 on Saturday night in Tucker Coliseum.
The Wonder Boys struggled early on and fell behind 7-1 just two minutes into the game. Back-to-back three-pointers from Tech’s Pinkney and Little made the score 8-7 with Southern Nazarene on top at the 16:10 mark.
Tech will return to action on Feb. 6 to face Southwestern Oklahoma at home in Tucker Coliseum.
Weevils knock off GAC leader
WEATHERFORD, Okla. – Senior Brandon Wilson recorded a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead University of Arkansas at Monticello past Southwestern Oklahoma State at the newly-opened Pioneer Cellular Event Center by a final score of 68-52.
The Weevils (15-6, 8-5 GAC) separated themselves from the Bulldogs (12-6, 9-3 GAC) midway through the first half, using a 7-0 run to grab an 11-point lead on a jumper in the paint from senior Jared Harrison at the 9:33 mark.
The Weevils are back in action Feb. 6 on the road against Southeastern Oklahoma State.
Kozan lifts Henderson State to win
ARKADELPHIA — Kevin Kozan’s back-to-back 3-point field goals midway through the second-half lifted Henderson State (10-11, 6-7) to a 56-50 win over Southeastern Oklahoma (5-12, 3-9), Saturday at the Duke Wells Center.
Kozan and Deoirvay Johnson finished with 14 points each to lead the Reddies.
Smith had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Reddies.
The Reddies travel to Bethany, Okla. on Thursday to face Southern Nazarene.
Balanced scoring leads to A-State win
TROY, Ala. — Rakeem Dickerson and Ed Townsel both scored a game-high 19 points to lead four players in double figures as Arkansas State University (12-8, 5-4) handed Troy an 83-73 loss this Saturday night in a Sun Belt Conference at TU’s Trojan Arena.
Sophomore guard Cameron Golden poured in 18 points off the bench to spark the Red Wolves offensively, who also received 10 points from senior guard Melvin Johnson III. Troy (7-14, 2-7) suffers its fifth loss in a row.
The Red Wolves will entertain the Lyon College Scots Feb. 4 at the Convocation Center
Colonels take down UCA at the line
THIBODAUX, La. — University of Central Arkansas (5-15, 2-7) put the Nicholls Colonels (10-8, 7-2) on the free-throw line 23 times Saturday afternoon and the Colonels made them pay, knocking down 21 to grab a 78-67 Southland Conference victory at Stopher Gymnasium.
UCA senior guard LaQuentin Miles led all scorers with 22 points, while senior guard McClure added 15, hitting 3 of 6 from three-point range.
The Bears return home to host Southeastern Louisiana on Thursday and SLC newcomer New Orleans on Saturday.
Hendrix runs into Centre
CONWAY — Hendrix (8-10, 2-5) suffered a 71-55 loss to Southern Athletic Association leader Centre College at Grove Gymnasium on Friday night.
The win was the eighth in a row for the Colonels (14-3, 7-0), who received votes in this weeks D3Hoops.com Top 25 poll.
Sophomore guard Hank Aldous led the Warriors with 13 points. Junior forward Luke Vance had 11 points, nine rebounds and two blocks and sophomore guard Alec Conard had 10 points, nine boards, two blocks and two steals. Jordan Barrett finished with eight points and two assists.
Hendrix will host Sewanee - The University of the South for another conference game on Sunday at 3 p.m.