Hogs to rematch Golden Bears

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas will get its rematch with California.

The Golden Bears (20-13) beat Utah Valley 77-64 in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday night, setting up a second-round game against the Razorbacks (21-11) in Berkeley, Calif on Monday at 10 p.m.

It will be the second time the teams have met this season after opening the 2013 Maui Invitational last November. Cal beat Arkansas 85-77 in the tournament, dominating the Razorbacks on the glass. The Golden Bears outrebounded Arkansas 48-32, grabbed 19 offensive rebounds and scored 24 second-chance points.

The winner of Monday’s game will advance to the third round and face either SMU or LSU for a spot in the NIT’s Final Four in New York City.

"We’ve done a lot of firsts that haven’t been done here in a while," Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said after Tuesday’s win against Indiana State. "With that being said, get ready, there may be some more. This team here, I feel like they’re hungry."


Reddies finish third at the Capitol Plaza Invitational

ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State fired a final round 300 to finish in third-place at the Washburn/Capitol Plaza Golf Invitational in Topeka, Kan.

Central Oklahoma won the 15-team event with a 54-hole total of 875, while Lindenwood placed second with a team score of 883. Henderson State finished four strokes back of Lindenwood with an 887 total.

Brice Howard was Henderson’s top performer finishing tied for fifth-place with rounds of 73, 71, and 75 on the par 71, 6,647-yard Topeka Country Club Course.

The freshman from Hot Springs tied for the tournament lead in pars with 38, recorded an eagle, and was four-under par in par 5 scoring.

Gil Debusscher finished tied for eighth-place after carding a 78 in his final round. Debusscher had rounds of 71 and 70 on Monday and finished with a 54-hole total of 219.

Mauricio Lira was consistent throughout the tournament turning in a 75 each round to finish tied for 17th place.

Matt Jennings rebounded from a tough second-round and shot a three-over par 74 Tuesday. Jennings opened with a 1-over par 72 and turned in a score of 80 on Monday afternoon. The senior from Prairie City, Iowa, finished tied for 21st.

Other Henderson State golfers included Joseph Hausberger, Wess Webb, Baxter Woosley and Winston Sizemore.


HENDRIX downs Rhodes for first SAA win

MEMPHIS — Hendrix College defeated Rhodes College 6-3 in road Southern Athletic Association action on Wednesday night.

The host Lynx (6-4, 0-1) outshot the Warriors (5-4, 1-0) 30-20 and 17-14 on goal and had a 28-22 ground ball advantage. Rhodes also won 7 of the 12 faceoffs and won the turnover battle 18-27.

Hendrix freshman goalie Christian Wheeler stopped a season-high 14 shots to lead the Warrior defense. Meanwhile, freshman attacker Carson Boone scored five times to anchor the offense.

Along with Boone, freshman midfielder Alex Ortenstone had a goal and an assist. Cody Eckes, Patrick Rogers and TK Shaffer also posted assists. Ortenstone also led the defense with four ground balls.

MG Jadacik led the Lynx with a goal and an assist and Kevin Vieira and Matt Vavrek both scored a goal. Braxton Carr recorded eight saves in goal.

Hendrix will return to Conway to host Millsaps College on Saturday.


Harding blanks Lane

JACKSON, Tenn. — Harding women’s tennis posted its second 9-0 victory in two days Wednesday as it shutout Lane College at Conger Park. Harding did not lose a single game in the match that lasted just over an hour.

The Lady Bisons, ranked No. 10 in the ITA Central Region Rankings, improved to 7-5 overall and 5-3 in regional matchups.

Lane (0-1) is a member of the NCAA Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference and had only four available players. Lane defaulted at No. 5 and No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles.

With a 3-0 lead, Harding won both doubles matches 8-0 to clinch the team victory. Piper Huey and Katie Huff teamed for the first time this season to defeat Ciera White and Jasmine Green at No. 1 doubles. Autrey Bradley and Kaylie Brown also played together for the first time and defeated Audemesia Maze and SeQoya Cox at No. 2.

All four of the singles matches finished 6-0, 6-0. Huey defeated White for her first career victory at No. 1 singles. Doversola earned a long three-set victory against Henderson State on Tuesday, and played a much quicker match at No. 2 singles Wednesday to improve to 7-6.

Arielle Butler improved to 8-6 in singles with her second straight 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 3, and Katie Huff won her first dual match of the season at No. 4.


Harding’s Evans earns Lone Star Conference Runner of the Week

SEARCY — Harding senior Andrew Evans was named the Lone Star Conference Men’s Track Athlete of the Week on Wednesday.

A native of Rogers, Evans won the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Rhodes Open in Memphis, Tenn. His time of 9 minutes, 33.47 seconds ranks sixth in NCAA Division II this season.

It was Evans’ fourth career victory in the steeplechase and his second in the event at a Rhodes meet.


Harding maintains lead, Tech moves into second in all-sports standings

RUSSELLVILLE — Coming off a women’s basketball regular-season title and a fifth-place finish in men’s basketball, Harding maintained its lead in the Great American Conference All-Sports Standings, the conference office announced on Wednesday.

The Bisons’ lead after the winter season stands at 8.5 points, down a half point from its fall advantage. In all five sports contested to date, the Bisons and Lady Bisons have three first-place showings and runner-up finish in football.

Arkansas Tech made a major jump up the standings. The Wonder Boys and Golden Suns ended the fall season in fourth place. Thanks to an outright regular-season title in men’s basketball and a fourth-place result in women’s basketball, the two-time GAC All-Sports Champions moved up to second place with 31.5 points.

Southwestern Oklahoma State also moved up following the basketball seasons. SWOSU accumulated a league-best 15.5 points between the two sports and climbed from sixth place up to third with 30 points. Under first-year head coach Bob Battisti, the Bulldogs took second place in the men’s standings while the Lady Bulldogs shared second-place points.

East Central matched Harding with 14 points during the basketball season to claim fourth place, a half-point behind SWOSU. The men tied for third while the women finished even with SWOSU. Ouachita Baptist and Southern Arkansas each fell from top-three positions following the fall. SAU holds down the fifth position with 23.5 points followed by the Tigers at 20.5 points.

The Tigers’ cross-street rival, Henderson State, remained in seventh place at 19.5 points and Southeastern Oklahoma State held steady in eighth place at 18 points. Arkansas-Monticello, with 12.5 points, rounded out the All-Sports Standings.