Trojans fall short in season opener

LITTLE ROCK – Trailing 72-70 with the ball, UALR (0-1) had two opportunities to send the game into overtime. However, the North Florida (1-1) defense held as the Trojans lost their season and home opener 72-70 Monday night at the Jack Stephens Center.

With the Trojans trailing 72-69, Josh Hagins was sent to the line for a pair of free throws with 3.3 seconds remaining. After making the first, the second rolled off the rim but the rebound trickled off the hands of North Florida out of bounds. A three-pointer from Hagins and a jumper by J.T. Thomas fell short at the buzzer.

Hagins led all UALR scorers with 14 points. Leroy Isler finished the game with 12 points, – all in the first half – hitting all five shots from the field. Mareik Isom and Gus Leeper came off the bench for 11 and 10 points, respectively. Will Neighbour chipped in 12.

UALR returns to action Saturday when it travels to Gainesville, Fla., to battle the Florida Gators.

A-State rallies for win

JACKSON, Miss. — A gritty performance was turned in by the Arkansas State University men’s basketball team in its 2013-14 season opener as the Red Wolves overcame an 11-point deficit to win 65-61 at Jackson State Monday night at JSU’s Lee E. Wiliams Athletics and Assembly Center (AAC).

Arkansas State was down by 11 points with 13 minutes left in the game and rallied with a 17-6 run in an 11-minute span to tie the game up at 56-apiece on a layup by sophomore forward Raeford Worsham with 2:45 left to play.

Sophomore guard Cameron Golden led the Red Wolves with 16 points off the bench in 28 minutes of action while seniors Kirk Van Slyke and Melvin Johnson III also reached double figures with 16 and 13 points, respectively. Johnson III along with senior forward Kendrick Washington grabbed a team-high six rebounds apiece.

Arkansas State returns to the court Wednesday as the Red Wolves face the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks in the season home opener at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.

Golden Suns break school records with win

RUSSELLVILLE — Freshman Anna Lea Little and sophomore Cara Neighbors led all players with 18 points, while freshman KT Davis had 17 points after hitting five field goals as the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (2-0) picked up a record setting 128-39 win over the Crowley’s Ridge Lady Pioneers on Monday evening at Tucker Coliseum.

The Golden Suns broke several records.

Tech’s 128-39 win had a margin of 89 points, the largest since Tech handed Rhema Bible a 120-34 win on Nov. 16, 2010. They also broke the record for most points scored in a game with 128. Tech made 50 field goals, the most since Tech made 48 against Rhema Bible. Finally, Tech totaled 88 field goal attempts, three more than the record of 85 against Philander Smith on Jan. 26, 1991.

Tech committed just nine turnovers to Crowley’s 40.

Neighbors led Tech with six steals, while freshman KT Davis and Danielle Frachiseur led off the rebounding glass with seven rebounds. Freshman Ali Whisenhunt dished out seven assists, while Frachiseur added six.

The Golden Suns will return to action on Nov. 18, hosting Ecclesia College at Tucker Coliseum.