OBU overpowers Henderson State
ARKADELPHIA — It was one of those nights where everything went wrong as Henderson State lost to Ouachita Baptist 93-51, Thursday at Vining Arena.
OBU set the tone from the opening tip jumping out to a 16-5 lead as the Lady Tigers hit four of their first five 3-point field goals with Nashia James nailing all three of her attempts,
The second half was more of the same as the Lady Reddies never mounted any type of comeback as OBU was playing inspired on Senior Night.
Dulincia Keener led Henderson State with 14 points and 12 rebounds, with Jasmine Settles, Aungelique Sledge and Taylor Washington having 7 points each.
James led OBU with 17 points, while Breanna Harris totaled 15 points.
Henderson State will play its final regular-season game on Saturday when the Lady Reddies travel to Magnolia to take on Southern Arkansas.
Golden Suns rally falls short
SEARCY — Anissa Pounds scored a game-high 20 points, while Jacinda Myers-Sanders contributed a 14-point, 13-rebound double-double, but the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns basketball team (16-9, 12-7 Great American Conference) was unable to overcome the hot shooting of the No. 3 Harding Lady Bisons (26-1, 18-1 GAC), dropping a 61-54 decision at the Rhodes Field House on Thursday.
The second half saw Harding jump out to a six-point lead (32-26) four minutes into the half, but Arkansas Tech responded to reclaim a 35-34 lead with 13:40 to play after a layup by Pounds.
From there, Harding used a 14-0 run to claim a 48-35 lead with 8:04 to play, and Harding would push its lead to as many as 16 (55-39) with 6:06 to play, but the Golden Suns would not go quietly. After a Krisztina Velkey jumper pulled Tech to within 10 (57-47) with 1:56 to play.
Arkansas Tech will conclude its regular season on Saturday traveling to Ada to face East Central.
UALR snaps skid with win
TROY, Ala. — The UALR men’s basketball (13-15, 8-8 SBC) team held on for a 62-55 win over Troy (9-18, 4-11 SBC) Thursday night at Trojan Arena. Leading by as many as 11 in the second half, UALR let its lead shrink to three with 1:12 remaining before scoring the game’s final four points to hold on for the win and snap a five-game losing streak.
The victory is the 100th Sun Belt win in the career of head coach Steve Shields, making him just the fifth coach in conference history to hit the milestone.
The win also assures UALR of a bid to this year’s Sun Belt Tournament in New Orleans, La., March 13-16.
Junior Ben Dillard scored 18 points. Senior Leroy Isler and sophomore Josh Hagins scored eight points each. Junior Gus Leeper chipped in seven points and four rebounds.
UALR is back in action this Saturday against Arkansas State at the Jack Stephens Center.
Reddies lose on last-second shot
ARKADELPHIA — For the second time this season, Ouachita Baptist’s Micah Delph hit a late 3-point field goal to give OBU a 59-58 victory over Henderson State at Vining Arena.
With Henderson State (11-16, 7-12) on top 58-56 with 6 seconds left, Kevin Kozan missed the front end of a 1-and-1. OBU quickly got the got the ball in the hands of Delph who drained a 22-footer from the top of the key for the win.
Despite the loss, Henderson State still clinched a spot in next week’s Great American Conference Tournament by virtue of Southeastern Oklahoma’s loss to East Central.
Taylor Smith led Henderson State with 11 points, while Johnson and Ronald Lawson scored 10 each.
Delph totaled 24 points with the help of five 3-point field goals.
The Reddies converted on 12-of-18 free throws with OBU making 13-of-18 from the charity stripe.
Henderson State will play its final regular-season game on Saturday when the Reddies travel to Magnolia to take on Southern Arkansas.
Tech’s buzzer-beater sinks Harding
SEARCY — Arkansas Tech’s Marshawn Arnold made a put-back layup as the buzzer sounded to give the Wonder Boys a 68-67 victory over Harding in Great American Conference action at the Rhodes Field House.
Harding (12-13, 9-10 GAC) remains in fifth place in the conference standings two games ahead of Southern Arkansas and Henderson State who both lost on Thursday.
Harding plays its regular-season finale Saturday against Southeastern Oklahoma in Durant, Okla.
Arkansas Tech entered the game ranked No. 7 in the NCAA Division II Central Region Rankings and moved one-half game ahead of Southwestern Oklahoma for the top spot in the GAC with the victory.
Senior Hayden Johnson scored 21 points to lead Harding and become the career scoring leader in the GAC. Johnson made three 3-pointers and also led the team with eight rebounds. Sophomore Jacob Gibson made four 3-pointers and had 16 points, and McNair had 13 points and five assists.
Darrick Little was a perfect 5-of-5 from 3-point range and led Arkansas Tech with 18 points. Bobby Hatchett scored 15 points, and Arnold finished with 10 points.