Hot shooting propels Reddies to win

Henderson State shot 68 percent from the 3-point arc as the Reddies beat Eastern New Mexico State 89-82, Saturday in Lawton, Okla.

The Reddies (5-5) converted on 13-of-19 long-range jumpers and finished with a shooting percentage of 56 from the field to come-from-behind to beat the Greyhounds.

Five Reddies scored in double-figures led by Taylor Smith who had 20 points, while Melvin Haynes scored 16.

Reggie Murphy had 14 points to go along with a game-high 9 rebounds. Aaron Harwell ended the game with 14 points while Kevin Kozan finished with 12 points.

Henderson State will next face Texas A&M-Commerce in Commerce, Texas, on Dec. 18 with tip-off set for 7 p.m.

Nebraska halts A-State’s win string

LINCOLN, Neb. — A three-game winning streak came to an end for the Arkansas State University men’s basketball team as Nebraska dealt the Red Wolves a 79-67 setback this Saturday afternoon with a high-scoring first-half output at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb.

Senior forward Kirk Van Slyke turned in his best performance in an A-State uniform to date by scoring a career-high 27 points for the Red Wolves, which also led all players in the game. Senior guard Melvin Johnson III was the only other A-State player to score double figures with 18 points as the Red Wolves were hindered by 21 turnovers and 38 percent shooting in the first half.

A-State, which was off to its best start since 2008-09, is now 5-3 on the season while Nebraska improved its record to 7-3 overall. The Red Wolves were playing for the first time in 12 days due to final exams.

A-State will now prepare to take on the undefeated Toledo Rockets Dec. 17 at the Convocation Center in Jonesboro.

Weevils collect fourth straight victory

MONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas at Monticello men’s basketball team had 52 points in the paint and 41 points off turnovers to lead to the team’s fourth consecutive victory in an 88-48 win over Central Baptist College Saturday at home.

Senior Brandon Wilson led the Weevils with a career-high 26 points and added seven rebounds and four blocked shots to his final totals. The Rayville, La. native was 9-for-10 from the field and 8-for-13 at the free throw line. Seniors Dayton Mickens and Brandon Sims also reached double-digits in scoring with 13 and 11 points respectively.

Junior Kenric McCants aided the UAM offense with a career-high 10 assists, marking the program’s first double-digit assist performance since Ricardo Hall’s triple-double of 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 71-62 win over Centenary during the 2010-11 season.

In addition to the double-digit scoring trio of Wilson, Mickens and Sims, senior Lonnie Cottrell added nine points and five boards in 21 minutes off the bench.

The Weevils continue their current five-game home stand on Dec. 17 against Philander Smith.


A-State holds first GoDaddy Bowl practice

JONESBORO — The Arkansas State football team began its on-field preparation for the GoDaddy Bowl on Saturday at Centennial Bank Stadium, holding the first of five practices open to the public over the next six days.

"It was great to get back on the field today," said A-State Interim Head Coach John Thompson. "It’s a reward to be out here practicing in December, and the energy was really good. There are obviously going to be some things we need to clean up, so we’ll go back and watch the film and continue to improve."

The Red Wolves will practice again tomorrow at 9:45 a.m. and Tuesday (Dec. 17), Wednesday (Dec. 18) and Thursday (Dec. 19) at 11:15 a.m. and meet on Friday (Dec. 20) before breaking for Christmas until Dec. 27. A-State will resume its Jonesboro practices Dec. 28-31.

A-State has also announced it will hold a noon pep rally Monday, Dec. 16, on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock to celebrate the Red Wolves’ third consecutive Sun Belt Conference championship and upcoming appearance in the 2014 GoDaddy Bowl.

The team will depart for Mobile on Jan. 1 and arrive at the team hotel, the Renaissance Riverview Plaza later that day.