Wildcats top Bears with strong inside play
MANHATTAN, Kan. — An abundance of size and strength carried the Kansas State Wildcats to a 87-54 victory over the University of Central Arkansas Bears on Sunday afternoon at Bramlage Coliseum.
The Wildcats, the defending Big 12 champions, used a decided advantage on the boards and 42 points scored in the paint to beat the undersized Bears in the first meeting between the teams. KSU (4-3) out-rebounded UCA (2-4) by a 52-22 margin, with 6-foot-8, 250-pound center D.J. Johnson grabbing a game-high 10. He paired with 6-7, 265-pound junior Thomas Gibson (17 points, 6 rebounds) to form an inside duo the Bears could not match.
DeShone McClure and Jackson scored 12 points each for UCA, while junior center Jeff Drew battled inside with 7 points and 3 rebounds before fouling out. Ryan Williams added 10 points for the Bears, who shot 39.6 percent for the game. After giving up 13 turnovers in the first half, UCA had just three after halftime.
The Bears return home to face Nebraska-Omaha on Dec. 7 at the Farris Center.
Warriors fall to Mountaineers
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Hendrix College men’s basketball team ended the Rhodes College Thanksgiving Classic with a 75-55 loss to Schreiner University on Sunday afternoon.
The Mountaineers (2-5) led by 14 with 5:35 left in the first half, but the Warriors (4-3) ended the period on a 18-7 run to make the game 35-32 at the break. After shooting 56 percent (18-of-46) in the first half, Hendrix went cold in the second, making just 22 percent (5-of-23) of their shots from the field.
Hendrix received 44 points from their bench led by sophomore guard Jordan Barrett’s career-high 14 points to go with three steals. Sophomore forward Will Roland had 10 points and sophomore guard John Ogle scored seven with five rebounds. Freshman guard hit a pair of three-pointers for six points. Starting guard Drew Nikolovski scored six points and led the team with seven boards. Freshman forward Gearen Littlefield scored five points off the bench as well.
Hendrix will open Southern Athletic Association play on Wednesday when they host Rhodes College.
Golden Suns fall to No. 5 Central Missouri
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. — Despite a 17-point performance from freshman Anissa Pounds as she went 4-8 from the 3-point line, a ten-point performance from junior Jacinda Myers-Sanders, and an eight-point, 13-rebound performance from sophomore Caroline Eubanks, the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (4-1) could not hold off the Central Missouri Jennies (6-1) offense as they were defeated 82-68 today at Tucker Coliseum.
The Golden Suns outrebounded the Jennies 22-15. Eubanks led all players with eight rebounds.
The Golden Suns will return to action at Tucker Coliseum on December 5 for a conference game against Southeastern Oklahoma at 5:30 p.m.