Harding hits 13 threes in win
WEATHERFORD, Okla. — Harding senior Hayden Johnson scored 26 points and sophomore Tony Cochran did not miss a shot in scoring 19 points as the Bisons defeated Southwestern Oklahoma State 89-65 on Thursday in Great American Conference action at the Rankin Williams Field House.
The victory was Harding’s first on the road this season and gave the Bisons a 4-5 overall record and 1-2 mark in the GAC. Southwestern fell to 5-4 overall and suffered its first loss in the GAC, dropping to 2-1.
Johnson made three 3-pointers and was 7-of-12 from the field and 9-of-13 at the free throw line. Cochran was 6-of-6 from the field and made all five 3-point attempts. Jacob Gibson was in double figures with 14 points and led the team with eight rebounds. Weston Jameson tied a career-high with nine assists.
Harding’s Oklahoma road trip continues Saturday in Alva as the Bisons take on Northwestern Oklahoma State at 4 p.m.
Warriors Top Gents 81-75
CONWAY — The Hendrix men’s basketball team held off Centenary College of Louisiana 81-75 at Grove Gymnasium on Tuesday evening.
The visiting Gents (4-3) established a 34-32 lead at halftime expanded their advantage to 43-36 with 14:50 to play. The Warriors (6-5) fought back to take a 56-53 lead with 6:50 remaining
Senior forward Colton Primm led the Warriors with a career-high 21 points, six of which came at the free throw line in the final minute, to go with 12 rebounds, two steals and five blocks, another personal best. Sophomore guard Drew Nikolovski recorded 16 points, seven boards, two assists, two blocks and two steals. Hank Aldous finished with 12 points and a pair of assists. Junior forward Luke Vance added eight points and freshman point guard Gabe Gumm came off the bench to contribute six points, six assists and four rebounds.
Hendrix will return to action on Sunday when they host the Open Bible College.
A-State erases second-half deficit
ARLINGTON, Texas — Arkansas State erased a 10-point second half deficit and then held on as UT Arlington missed a 3-pointer in the game’s final seconds to give the Red Wolves (7-6, 1-0 Sun Belt) a 66-62 victory over the Mavericks (1-11, 0-1) in the Sun Belt Conference opener for both teams Thursday night at the College Park Center.
Jane Morrill finished the game with 21 points, a season-high eight rebounds and tied a career-high with five steals, while Jalen O’Bannon had 13 points and six rebounds on the night. Hanna Qedan had 11 points and five rebounds while Aundrea Gamble scored 11 points and dished out a career-high seven assists.
The win moved A-State to 17-15 in conference openers and 12-11 in SBC opening games.
A-State will continue its Texas swing with a Sun Belt Conference game Jan. 4 against newcomer Texas State.
Golden Suns upset by Northwestern Oklahoma
ALVA, Okla. – Despite a 16-point, five-rebound effort by sophomore Cara Neighbors and a 15-point effort by freshman Anissa Pounds, the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns basketball team (6-3, 2-1 Great American Conference) were upset 70-65 by the Northwestern Oklahoma Lady Rangers (1-9, 1-3 GAC) on Thursday evening at Percefull Fieldhouse.
The loss was the Golden Suns’ first loss to Northwestern Oklahoma in the all-time series between the two teams.
The Golden Suns will return to action on Jan. 4 facing Southwestern Oklahoma in Weatherford, Okla.
Poor first half dooms UALR
SAN MARCOS, Texas — Another poor first half on the road for the UALR women’s basketball team marred its conference opener on Thursday evening as the Trojans fell 42-35 to league newcomer Texas State.
UALR (5-6, 0-1 Sun Belt Conference) scored just 12 points in the first half. Though the team nearly doubled that total in the second half, it was not enough to surpass the Bobcats (4-8, 1-0) as they got the victory in their first ever Sun Belt contest.
The Trojans were led by Di’Mond Jackson’s 11 points, but the freshman fouled out just six minutes into the second half. After Jackson, classmate Sharde’ Collins had the next-highest total with eight points. Senior Taylor Ford and junior Kiera Clark tied for a team high with eight rebounds, and Clark added six points. Clark also scored her 500th career point early in the first half.
At game’s end, UALR had committed 21 turnovers and shot just 28.6 percent from the field. The Trojans also made only six of their 14 free throw attempts.
The Trojans look for their first Sun Belt victory on Saturday when they will face another Sun Belt newcomer in UT Arlington.
Celsor scores 31 as Harding roll over Southwestern
WEATHERFORD, Okla. - Senior forward Kristen Celsor scored 31 points to lead the 12th-ranked Harding women’s basketball team over Southwestern Oklahoma State 95-69 in Great American Conference action on Thursday. Celsor became the first GAC player to score 1,000 points in her career.
Harding moves to 11-0 on the season and 3-0 in the GAC.
Celsor hit 14-of-20 from the field with three 3-pointers. It was her third 30-point performance this season.
Senior guard Lauren Crenshaw came off the bench and scored 15 points hitting two 3-pointers. Junior guards Shana Holmes and Tabitha Haney each added 11 for Harding as they both hit three 3-pointers.
The Lady Bisons will continue GAC action on Saturday as they travel to Alva, Okla., to face Northwestern Oklahoma at 2 p.m.