Digest For 2-22-13


LOCAL

Weather delays tournament

HEBER SPRINGS — The 4A East Region tournament has been pushed back one day. The first game will feature Brookland and Heber Springs beginning at 5:30 p.m. today.

Games scheduled for Saturday will be moved to Monday.

Early turnovers doom Blossoms

RUSSELLVILLE — Freshman Jordan Goforth scored 18 points and had eight rebounds to lead Arkansas-Monticello in a 73-53 loss to Arkansas Tech Thursday night.

The Cotton Blossoms (5-18, 2-15 GAC) were never able to get out of an early hole created by committing seven turnovers in the team’s first eight possessions, allowing the Golden Suns (17-6, 14-3 GAC) to grab a double-digit lead in the first five minutes of the game.

As a team, UAM shot 46 percent from the field (19 of 41), 33 percent on three-pointers (3 of 9) and 57 percent on foul shots (12 of 21). ATU shot 47 percent from the field (27 of 57), 23 percent on three-pointers (3 of 13) and 89 percent on foul shots (16 of 18).

ATU’s Roselis Silva tied Goforth for the game-high in scoring with 18 points.

UAM hangs on for road win

RUSSELLVILLE — Despite posting a season-low free throw shooting percentage, Arkansas-Monticello rallied from a seven-point second-half deficit to defeat Great American Conference leader Arkansas Tech 51-50 Thursday night.

The Boll Weevils (15-8, 10-7 GAC) trailed by seven points four minutes into the second half, but slowly chipped away, getting to within two points on a three-pointer from junior Josh Gibson at the 14:05 mark. Gibson later a nailed a trey to cut ATU’s lead from six points to three points at the 10:01 mark.

Gibson had a career night, going 5-of-9 from the field, all five made shots coming from beyond the three-point arc. He finished the night as the game leader with a career-high of 16 points.

Junior Brandon Sims also reached double-digits for UAM with 14 points.

STATE

Razorback women fall on the road

ATHENS, Ga. – The University of Arkansas got eight points each from Dominique Wilson and Erin Gatling but it wasn’t enough as they fell 66-34 at Georgia in Athens, Ga., Thursday.

Arkansas (17-9, 5-8 SEC) got out of the gates with a slow start and committed 23 turnovers while shooting a season-low and tying a program low in an SEC game 34 points in the loss.

The Razorbacks scored just 16 points in the first 20 minutes, the second lowest scoring performance against an SEC opponent this season. Fourteen first-frame turnovers by the Razorbacks allowed the Bulldogs some easy looks and they made the most of them, shooting 45 percent on 13-for-29 in the opening half.