Warriors fall to Petrels in double OT
CONWAY — The Hendrix College (6-7, 0-2) fell to Oglethorpe University 70-69 on a free throw with 0.2 seconds left in the second overtime in Southern Athletic Association competition at Grove Gymnasium Friday night.
The visiting Stormy Petrels (12-1, 2-0), who are receiving votes in the D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll, led 24-20 at halftime and built a second half lead to 34-24 with 15:59 left in the second period.
Luke Vance collected 17 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and two blocks for his first double-double of the season. Sophomore guard Drew Nikolovski hit all four of the Warriors’ three-pointers, leading to 18 points to go with eight boards. Will Roland finished with 11 points and seven rebounds and Colton Primm had nine points and six boards. Barrett added seven points and three assists. Hank Aldous and freshman Gabe Gumm each assisted four baskets.
Hendrix will return to the floor on Sunday when they host SAA rival Berry College.
Hendrix downs OU, wins fourth straight
CONWAY — The Hendrix College women’s basketball team won their fourth consecutive game by defeating Oglethorpe 71-48 in Southern Athletic Association play at Grove Gymnasium on Friday night.
The Warriors would expand the lead to as many as 31 points in the second period against the Stormy Petrels (3-10, 1-1).
Eleven different players scored for Hendrix (7-6, 1-1), led by freshman guard Taylor Neal’s 12 points. Freshman guard Peyton Hurst contribued 11 points off the bench. Senior center Jamie Tate had five points to go with 14 rebounds and three assists. Freshman post Anna King had seven points and 11 rebounds off the bench as well. Sophomore point guard Caitlin Kriesel-Bigler scored eight points and grabbed a career-high eight boards to go with five assists. Sophomore guard Estrella Flores had eight points and freshman center Haylee Mendenall added six.
Hendrix will try to move their winning streak to five games when they host SAA rival Berry College on Sunday.
Riley to play Saturday in Medal of Honor Bowl
SEARCY - Harding senior defensive end Daniel Riley, the Bisons’ top pass-rusher, will play Saturday at 1 p.m. in the 2014 Medal of Honor Bowl.
The game is a postseason all-star game for college seniors and will be played at Johnson Hagood Stadium on the campus of The Citadel in Charleston, S.C.
Riley, a native of Compton, Calif., led Harding with 13.5 tackles and 10.0 sacks. He was the first Harding player since 1989 with 10 or more sacks and was tops among Bison defensive linemen with 38 total tackles.
Riley was among the game’s first commitments.
Senior college football players from the Southeastern Conference, Big 12, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 10 and Notre Dame comprised the Medal of Honor Bowl’s initial list, which totaled more than 50 players in all.
Paschall becomes A-State WR coach, special teams coordinator
JONESBORO — Luke Paschall has been named the Arkansas State football team’s wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator as announced by new head coach Blake Anderson.
Paschall spent the last two seasons working with Anderson as a graduate assistant coach at North Carolina, but also previously served on the coaching staffs at Ole Miss, Oklahoma State and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community over the last seven years.
A former player under Anderson at Middle Tennessee, Paschall has been a part of five bowl games and helped each of his former schools compile statistical numbers that ranked among the top teams in the nation.
Working primarily with the special teams while also assisting with the wide receivers the last two seasons at North Carolina, Paschall was part of a coaching staff that led the Tar Heels to 15 victories and a win over Cincinnati in the 2013 Belk Bowl.
A-State names Cauthen as defensive coordinator, LB coach
JONESBORO — Arkansas State head football coach Blake Anderson has announced that Joe Cauthen has joined the Red Wolves’ staff as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.
Cauthen has 24 years coaching experience, including 18 at the collegiate level, and most recently spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at Middle Tennessee. Cauthen served as the Blue Raiders’ defensive line coach in 2012 and 2013 after working as the linebackers coach in 2011. He was also the special teams coordinator all three years he spent at MTSU.
The Blue Raiders put together back-to-back eight win seasons Cauthen’s last two years at the school and played in the Armed Forces Bowl in 2013. He tutored a pair of all-conference players during his time as defensive line coach, including Jimmy Staten in 2013 and Omar McLendon in 2012.
MTSU proved to be an opportunistic defense in 2013 with Cauthen a part of the coaching staff as the Blue Raiders ranked fifth in the nation in turnovers gained with 33, including 15 interceptions and 18 fumble recoveries. MTSU also ranked 17th nationally in red zone defense (.755) and 19th nationally in passing defense (203.4 ypg). His defensive line also helped the team rack up 67 tackles for loss and 27 sacks.