Harding begins GAC action at Southern Nazarene

SEARCY — No. 25 Harding opens its 2013-14 Great American Conference schedule Saturday when it travels to Bethany, Okla., to meet Southern Nazarene at 4 p.m. Live stats, audio and video is available at HardingSports.com.

The Lady Bisons (3-0) face Southern (2-4, 0-1) Nazarene at 2 p.m.

Harding is (2-1) coming off an 85-57 victory over Champion Baptist on Tuesday in Searcy. Antoine Burrell came off the bench to lead Harding with 13 points and seven rebounds. Tony Cochran and Will Francis both added 12 points. Harding made 12 3-pointers and all 12 players scored.

Southern Nazarene (1-3, 0-1) opened GAC play Thursday with a 71-64 home loss to Arkansas Tech. The Crimson Storm made 12 3-pointers but only seven shots inside the arc and shot just 32% overall. Tech outrebounded Southern Nazarene 47-32. C.J. Smith led the Storm with 21 points on 6-of-19 shooting.

Harding’s scoring leader through the first three games is senior Hayden Johnson, averaging 12.3 points. Sophomore Andraz Kavas leads the team with 8.3 rebounds per game, and senior Weston Jameson leads with 2.7 assists per game.

SWOSU outscores UAM in final minutes for win

MONTICELLO — The University of Arkansas at Monticello men’s basketball team was held in a 74-65 loss to Southwestern Oklahoma State at home on Thursday night in the first Great American Conference game of the season.

After leading the majority of the first 14 minutes of the first half, the Weevils (2-2, 0-1 GAC) were outscored 13-4 in the final six minutes of the period, including a three-pointer from SWOSU’s Trent Washington with four seconds remaining to give the Bulldogs a 36-30 lead at halftime.

Senior Brandon Sims led UAM in scoring with 19 points on a 6-for-13 shooting performance, including a 4-for-5 night beyond the arc. Senior Brandon Wilson finished with his first career UAM double-double at 17 points and a game-high 12 rebounds to go along with his three blocked shots. Senior Jared Harrison also reached double-digits in scoring at 10 points and led all players with six assists. Junior D’Audrio Patton added nine points and five rebounds in his 13 minutes off the bench.

Rod Camphor led the Bulldogs (2-2, 1-0) with a game-high 21 points.

The Weevils are back in action on today at home against Northwestern Oklahoma State.

UAM’s ladies fall in high-scoring game

MONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas at Monticello women’s basketball team combined with Southwestern Oklahoma State for over 200 points in a 118-88 loss to the Bulldogs on Thursday night at home in the first Great American Conference game of the season.

It was the most combined points scored in a UAM women’s basketball game since a 128-92 win over Oral Roberts in 1990.

The Bulldogs (3-2, 1-0 GAC) shot nearly 70 percent in the first half and made 24 shots to hold a 60-40 lead at halftime. SWOSU added another 22 baskets in the second half for 58 points.

The Blossoms (2-2, 0-1 GAC) jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the first two minutes of the game on a three-pointer from sophomore Nikki Mullen, but SWOSU immediately responded with a 10-0 scoring run for the final lead change of the game.

The Blossoms placed five scorers in double-digits, led by sophomore Tamia Grady’s game-high 22 points and four assists. Sophomore Jordan Goforth finished with 13 points, Monique Biggins and Mullen each had 12 and junior Brandae Carroll added 11 points in 13 minutes off the bench.

The Blossoms are back in action on Saturday, November 23 at home against Northwestern Oklahoma State.

Warriors fall to YellowJackets in Texas

LONGVIEW, Texas - In a game of big runs, the Hendrix College women’s basketball lost to LeTourneau University 75-55 at Solheim Arena on Friday night.

The host YellowJackets (2-0) built up a 25-8 lead over the first 13:32 of the game and would take a 34-21 lead into the half. The Warriors (1-2) outscored the Jackets 22-7 to open the second period to go up 43-41 with 11:44 to play. LeTourneau answered by ending the game on a 34-12 run, winning by 20.

Freshman forward Anna King led the Warriors with 17 points and a season-best 13 rebounds for her first career double-double. Sophomore point guard Caitlin Krisel-Bigler had 14 points, making four three-pointers. Senior center Jamie Tate had nine points and pulled down 12 boards. Freshman guard Petyon Hurst added nine points and freshman guard Melanie Martin came off the bench for five assists.

Hendrix will travel to UT-Tyler on Saturday.

A-State cruises to victory over Kent State

JONESBORO — Four Arkansas State women’s basketball players scored in double-figures as a balanced scoring attack led the Red Wolves to a 92-61 victory over Kent State Friday night at the Convocation Center.

Redshirt junior guard Hanna Qedan’s 15 points was tops for A-State, which improved to 3-1 on the year. Qedan finished the night 5-of-9 from the field, including 2-of-4 from beyond the arc, to go with four assists, two steals and one block. Redshirt sophomore Aundrea Gamble scored in double-figures for the fourth straight game by finishing with 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting. She also added seven rebounds, four assists and three steals on the night. Sophomore Jalen O’Bannon had 13 points and eight rebounds, just missing her first career double-double while Jane Morrill had 11 points.

The Red Wolves busted the game open by outscoring the Golden Flashes (1-3) 37-12 over the final 12 minutes of the first half.

The Red Wolves will embark on a five-game road swing beginning Monday, Nov. 25 at Louisiana Tech.

UALR wins in overtime

LITTLE ROCK – With foul trouble most of the night and a young roster fighting to establish itself, the UALR women’s basketball got a statement victory at the Jack Stephens Center on Friday night.

It took five extra minutes, but the Trojans came from behind to force overtime and eventually held on to a 68-63 victory over Memphis (3-2) thanks in part two clutch plays from Taylor Gault.

In a game that featured 13 lead changes and 16 tied scores, Gault finished with 19 points off the bench while James added 18 in a career-high 41 minutes and freshman Kaitlyn Pratt had the best game of her young career with 12 points in 26 minutes. James has now scored double figures in the last nine games while Gault has reached that mark in 11 of her last 12.

The Trojans finished with 30 personal fouls to Memphis’ 20.

UALR has a whole week off before its next contest, as the Trojans don’t play another game until Nov. 30. UALR will travel to Tulsa, Okla., for a game against Oral Roberts.

Hendrix defeats LeTourneau with come-back win

LONGVIEW, Texas - The Hendrix College men’s basketball team overcame a 13-point halftime deficit to defeat LeTourneau University 54-52 at Solheim Arena on Friday night.

Trailing 32-19 at the break, the Warriors (2-1) outscored the YellowJackets (0-1) 35-20 in the second half. Hendrix also cut down on their turnovers in the second period, after committing 16 in the opening half, they only made eight miscues in the second.

Colton Primm paced the Orange & Black with 14 points and three assists. Junior forward Luke Vance had 10 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Drew Nikolovski hit three outside shots for nine points to go with a career-best seven boards. Hank Aldous finished with seven points and seven rebounds. Sophomore point guard Jordan Taulton dished out three assists.

Hendrix travels to UT-Tyler for a game today.

Late rally lifts Trojans in overtime

BATON ROUGE, La. — Down 14 to Southern with 1:16 left in regulation, UALR used a furious rally capped by a Josh Hagins three-pointer with 1.4 seconds remaining to tie the game at 71-all. The Trojans (1-3) went on to outscore the Jaguars (1-5) 14-11 in overtime to earn their first victory of the 2013-14 season by an 85-81 final Friday night at F.G. Clark Activity Center.

Will Neighbour led UALR with 23 points and a career-best matching 14 rebounds. The game was Neighbour’s eighth career double-double and was his third straight 20-point performance. The Grayshott, England, native scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half and overtime.

Hagins came off the bench to score 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including a 4-of-7 effort from long range. White score six points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked two shots in 19 minutes of work. Kerny Osse and Ben Dillard chipped in nine points each.

UALR returns to action on Nov. 26 against Southern Arkansas at the Jack Stephens Center.