Lions stun Dustdevils
FORT SMITH — Faced with somewhat of a must-win situation as far as their hopes for winning a second consecutive Heartland Conference regular-season title, the UAFS Lions (16-4, 9-3) took matters into their own hands against Texas A&M International (17-5, 10-2) on Thursday.
And, they took care of business.
UAFS rallied from an eight-point deficit in the second half to stun conference leader Texas A&M International 66-63 in front of announced crowd of 1,423 at the Stubblefield Center.
UAFS will look to avenge another conference loss at 3 p.m. on Saturday when it hosts St. Mary’s. St. Mary’s (15-5, 8-4) lost 62-58 to Rogers State on Thursday to fall from a tie for second place to sole possession of third place.
Junior guard Blake Branham came off the bench to lead the Lions with 14 points, while Glavas and freshman guard Seth Youngblood had 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Trio helps Wonder Boys run away with win
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark.—Bobby Hatchett scored a career-high 27 points while going 12-for-12 from the free-throw line, Kendell Pinkney added 16 points and five assists, and Marshawn Arnold scored 13 points with four rebounds as the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (13-7, 8-4 GAC) basketball team defeated the Southwestern Oklahoma State Bulldogs (12-7, 9-4 GAC), 85-77 on Thursday night in Tucker Coliseum.
Tech will return to action on Feb. 8 to face Northwestern Oklahoma in Tucker Coliseum.
Bears pull away for win
CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas (6-15, 3-7) made more free throws (21) than Southeastern Louisiana attempted (14) on Thursday night to grab an 85-71 victory in Southland Conference play at the Farris Center.
Senior guard LaQuentin Miles led the Bears with 21 points, while three other Bears finished in double figures. Senior guard DeShone McClure added 15 points, while sophomore forward Tirrell Brown had 13 and freshman guard DuShaun Rice scored 12.
The Lions (9-12, 4-6) fought back but could never get closer than eight points with 2:46 remaining.
UCA got 39 points from its bench and scored 36 points in the paint.
UCA continues its homestand on Feb. 8 hosting SLC newcomer New Orleans at 4 p.m..
Reddies lose in OT
BETHANY, Okla. — Southern Nazarene outscored Henderson State 7-0 in the final 1:22 of overtime to beat the Reddies 86-82 on Thursday.
It was a game that featured 14 ties and 21 lead changes with neither team having more than a 6-point lead.
Henderson State (10-12, 6-8 GAC) took a 38-34 lead into the locker room at the half.
Taylor Smith ended the game with 23 points to lead the Reddies, while Reggie Murphy scored 18 points with Melvin Haynes having 13.
Henderson State returns to the court Feb. 13 as the Reddies play host to Harding.
Rangers limit Bisons in second half
SEARCY — Northwestern Oklahoma (8-11, 5-8) held Harding (10-9, 7-6) to only two field goals in the final 10 minutes Thursday at the Rhodes Field House and defeated the Bisons 65-58 in Great American Conference action. It was only Harding’s second home loss of the season.
The Bisons are in fifth place among the nine teams eligible for the conference tournament and return to Rhodes on Saturday to host Southwestern Oklahoma at 4 p.m.
Jacob Gibson led Harding with 22 points and six rebounds. Hayden Johnson was the only other Harding player with more than 10 points.
Savage Storm sweeps away Weevils
DURANT, Okla. — Southeastern Oklahoma State (6-12, 4-9 GAC) took advantage of its home court by shooting nearly 60 percent from the field in defeating University of Arkansas at Monticello 74-62 Thursday night inside Bloomer Sullivan Arena.
UAM (15-7, 8-6) led by just one point (30-29) at halftime due in part to only making 5-of-13 foul shots in the first 20 minutes.
Senior Brandon Wilson led UAM with 16 points and six rebounds. Senior Jared Harrison added 12 points, senior Dayton Mickens had 11 and Hudson finished with 10 points.
The Weevils conclude its four-game road swing on Feb. 8 against East Central.
UALR sputters in loss to Georgia State
LITTLE ROCK – A tough shooting night and long scoring droughts led to UALR (12-11, 7-4 GAC) falling to Georgia State 68-57 in the Jack Stephens Center Thursday night.
The Trojans struggled from the floor for most of the game and despite holding the Panthers (17-6, 10-0 SBC) to their lowest point total in conference play couldn’t come out with a win. Sophomore James White, who had missed the team’s previous four games, led the Trojans with 14 points and seven rebounds while going 6 of 8 from the floor.
Leroy Isler added 11 points, two rebounds and three assists. Senior Will Neighbour had a game-high 10 rebounds while posting four points and three assists. Josh Hagins and Kemy Osse led the reserves with 11 and seven respectively as UALR’s bench outscored Georgia State’s 24-11.
UALR will be back in the Jack Stephens Center on Saturday at 5 p.m. for its game against Western Kentucky. The Trojans won a thriller in overtime against the Hilltoppers in their first meeting of the season.