Wonder Boys advance to GAC semifinals

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — Marshawn Arnold and Darrick Little both came off the bench to score a team-high 14 points, with Arnold going 8-for-8 from the charity stripe, while Bobby Hatchett had a nine-point, 11-rebound, six-assist night as the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys basketball team (21-8) advanced to the Great American Conference semifinal game with a 63-58 win over Southeastern Oklahoma on Thursday at Bruin Fieldhouse.

The Wonder Boys will play tonight’s Harding-East Central winner at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday.

Reddies move to seminfinals

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — Henderson State won its first post-season game in seven years as the Reddies beat Arkansas-Monticello 65-61 on Thursday in the opening round of the Great American Conference Tournament.

The win is Henderson’s first post-season victory since beating Barry at the NCAA Regional on March 10, 2007.

Tied at 60-60, Taylor Smith hit a turnaround jump shot with 42 seconds to give the Reddies the lead and eventually propel Henderson into a semi-final match-up on Saturday against Southern Arkansas at noon.

The Reddies (13-16) limited First-Team All-GAC forward Brandon Wilson, the league’s second-leading scorer at 18.1 points per game, to just 4 points.

Sharif Hudson went 6-for-9 from the field in scoring a game-high 17 points to lead UAM (19-10).

The Reddies won both regular-season contests against the Muleriders, including winning the regular-season finale 59-43 in Magnolia.


Weevils set back No. 4 Muleriders

MAGNOLIA — The 11th-ranked University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball team rallied for four runs in the top of the ninth, but fourth-ranked Southern Arkansas had already built a large enough lead to pick up the non-conference win over the Weevils on Wednesday at SAU’s Walker Stadium by a final score of 7-4 .

UAM (14-5) waited until the ninth inning to show any signs of offense with four runs off five hits after only getting two hits in the first eight innings. Highlighting UAM’s four-run ninth was a two-run single from junior Mitchell Dornblut.

The Muleriders (16-4) used the middle innings for their runs with two in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth to take a 7-0 lead.

Junior Corey Wood led the Weevils with a 3-for-4 outing at the plate, making up nearly half of UAM’s final seven hits in the contest. Wood had UAM’s only two singles in the first eight innings and added another in the four-run ninth.

Junior Josh Mingura (1-1) took the loss for UAM in his first appearance since the season-opener in Houston. Mingura allowed two runs off four hits with apair of strikeouts and walks in the first four innings. Yumezo Densaki (2-1) earned the win for SAU after keeping UAM scoreless on only two hits with seven strikeouts and two walks in the first seven innings of his start.

UAM is back in action this weekend in Arkadelphia in a three-game Great American Conference series against Ouachita Baptist.