Lions overwhelm Mustangs in opener

FORT SMITH — Perhaps a little too excited about finally playing its basketball season opener, UAFS was assessed a technical foul for dunking during pregame warm-ups for Saturday’s game against Central Baptist College.

Xavier Huskey sank a pair of technical free throws before tip-off to give the Mustangs a 2-0 lead before a second had ticked off the clock.

It was the only lead the Mustangs enjoyed.

Freshman guard Seth Youngblood sank the first of his six 3-pointers only 49 seconds into the game to give UAFS its first lead and the Lions (1-0) never trailed again on their way to a convincing 116-61 win at the Stubblefield Center.

Youngblood, a highly-recruited guard from nearby Roland, Okla., led the Lions with 24 points — 18 points coming from beyond the 3-point arc — and had five assists and three rebounds in his regular-season debut for the Lions. He was one of six Lions to score in double-figures.

Junior guard Dusan Stojanovic posted a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds, helping UAFS out-rebound Central Baptist by nine rebounds (43-34).

Sophomore guard Mytaa’h Crawford hit three 3-pointers and finished with 19 points, senior guard Xavier McClish had 18 points, six assists and three rebounds, freshman guard Alex Cooper made three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points and had a team-high eight assists and sophomore forward Kenny Martin had 12 points, a team-high three blocked shots, nine rebounds and two steals in his UAFS debut after transferring from NCAA Division I Arizona State.

Wonder Boys lose late to Southwest Baptist

BOLIVAR, Mo. — Despite five players in double-digits, including Tyler Friedel with 16 points, Clarence Willard and Willie Rogers with 15 points, Darrick Little with 13 points, and Bobby Hatchett with 10 points, the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (1-1, 0-0 GAC) basketball team could not cling to the lead against the Southwest Baptist Bearcats (1-1), losing 96-89 in Bolivar, Missouri on Friday night.

Tech managed to shoot a 47.7 percent (31-of-65) field goal percentage compared to Southwest Baptist’s 50 percent (29-of-58). Both teams made 20 free-throws on the night but the Bearcat’s three-point shooting made the difference in the game with Southwest Baptist leading 18 to 7 in the three-point category.

The Wonder Boys will return to Tucker Coliseum in Russellville for their first home game of the season when they take on Mid-America Christian on Nov. 16.

Reddies grab second win

BOLIVAR, Mo. — Henderson State improved to 2-0 on the season as the Reddies beat Lincoln 83-78, Saturday, at the Southwest Baptist Classic in Bolivar, Mo.

Melvin Haynes paced the Reddies with 24 points, while Deoirvay Johnson scored 15 points.

Also in double-figures were Kevin Kozan with 11 points and Reggie Murphy adding 10.

In a game that saw 22 lead changes, the Reddies built a 41-36 lead at the half with the help of three 3-point field goals by Kozan.

Henderson State shot 40 percent from the field with the Reddies making 26-of-65 attempts, while Lincoln was good on 30-of-63 attempts for 48 percent.

The Reddies also dominated the boards, out-rebounding Lincoln 48 to 32.

Aaron Harwell led the team with 10 rebounds, while Murphy grabbed 9 boards and Ryan Yeates 8.

Lady Reddies top Hendrix in exhibition

ARKADELPHIA — The Hendrix College women’s basketball team kicked off the 2013-14 season with an 80-44 exhibition loss to NCAA Division II foe Henderson State University at the Duke Wells Center on Saturday night.

The host Lady Reddies (1-0) shot 42 percent (30-for-72), while the Warriors shot 33 percent (16-of-49). HSU went 5-of-19 from beyond the arc and 15-of-27 at the free throw line, while Hendrix was 4-for-14 outside and 8-of-19 at the stripe. The Lady Reddies also had a 19-26 advantage in turnovers.

Freshman forward Anna King led Hendrix with 15 points. Freshman guard Taylor Neal had 13 points, eight rebounds and two steals. Freshman guards Melanie Martin and Payton Hurst both scored six points.

Dulincia Keener led HSU with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Aungelique Sledge recorded 13 points and 11 boards and Tiara Davis had nine points and 11 rebounds.

The Warriors will open their regular season Nov. 16 against Rust College in Memphis, Tenn.