UAFS rallies from double-digit deficit to win

FORT SMITH — Junior guard Tramel White scored on a jumper in the paint with five seconds left to complete a improbably comeback as the UAFS Lions rallied from 16-points down to beat the Missouri Southern State Lions 74-72 on Tuesday night at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center in Joplin, Mo.

UAFS (4-0) won its second consecutive game in the interstate "Battle of the Lions" series, which Missouri Southern (2-1) still leads 3-2.

UAFS trailed by 11 points (45-34) at halftime and fell behind by 16 points (50-34) on a jumper in the paint by MSSU’s Greg Renfroe with 18:24 left to play.

From there, though, UAFS slowly chipped away at the deficit behind a sizzling 57.1-percent shooting effort from the field (16 of 28), including a 4-of-9 shooting performance from beyond the 3-point arc.

Freshman guard Seth Youngblood led UAFS with 14 points, while senior guard Xavier McClish and Jake Toupal had 13 and 11 points, respectively.

UAFS will return to action at 4 p.m. on Saturday, when it hosts nationally-ranked Northeastern State at the Stubblefield Center.

Three-pointers lead Harding to win

SEARCY — Harding made 12 3-pointers and all 12 Bisons scored in an 85-57 victory over Champion Baptist on Tuesday at Rhodes Field House. It was Harding’s final non-conference game before beginning Great American Conference play Saturday in Bethany, Okla., against Southern Nazarene.

Harding (2-1) has won all nine meetings with Champion Baptist (1-10) since the series began in 2006.

Harding scored the game’s first seven points, and senior Nick Mason hit a 3-pointer with 11:54 to give the Bisons a 22-4 advantage. Harding extended the lead to as many as 31 points and led 50-21 at halftime.

Sophomore Antoine Burrell came off the bench to lead Harding with 13 points and tied for the team lead with seven rebounds. Sophomore Tony Cochran made 4-of-6 from 3-point range and scored 12 points, and freshman Will Francis added 12 points and four steals.

UALR falls to Southern Miss

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Despite double-digit points from Taylor Gault, Kiera Clark and Shanity James, the UALR women’s basketball team fell 72-60 against Southern Miss at Reed Green Coliseum on Tuesday night.

The Trojans and Golden Eagles were knotted up late in the first half at 27-27, but from there the home team took over, boosting its lead to seven at halftime and as many as 13 at one point in the second half.

UALR (1-2) worked its way back into the contest and trailed by as few as five midway through the second half, and Southern Miss (3-1) stepped up its game late to pull away.

Gault led all Trojan scorers with 14 while Clark also had 12. Senior Taylor Ford was playing in her 100th career game and wound up with six points, seven rebounds and six assists. And playing just 20 miles from her hometown of Sumrall, Miss., freshman Keanna Keys got a start, cheers from a friendly crowd and three rebounds in a career-high 16 minutes. Clark led UALR in rebounding for the second consecutive game, bringing down eight.

The Trojans play their first home game in nearly two weeks on Friday when Memphis comes to Little Rock.


A-State’s Aubert qualifies for national meet

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Arkansas State University’s Kristina Aubert has qualified for the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country Championships, which are to be held Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind., in an announcement made by the NCAA-I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee.

The 2013 NCAA Division I Championship meet will take place on the LaVern GibsonChampionship Cross Country course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center.

A red-shirt junior, Aubert was one of 38 individual runners selected for participation in the national championship meet through an automatic qualifier and at-large selection process. All individual qualifiers finished in the top 25 within their respective region. Besides Aubert, the South Central Region will be represented by Marielle Hall of Texas, Baylor’s Rachel Johnson, Hillary Montgomery of Texas A&M, and Central Arkansas’ Brooke Cassar.

The women’s cross country team capped off its best season in the program’s history with yet another record-setting accomplishment as the Red Wolves finished a program-highest eighth place in the final 2013 NCAA Division I South Central Region Rankings.

The Red Wolves moved up two places in the seventh and final region rankings poll issued Nov. 15, which is administered through the United States Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). A-State, coached by Jim Patchell and Kyle Chandler, was listed 10th in the previous poll (Nov. 4) this fall and had achieved the program’s highest regional ranking ever at eighth in the Oct. 7 rankings poll.