Boll Weevils clinch third seed in GAC


ARKADELPHIA — Arkansas-Monticello locked up the third seed in next week’s GAC tournament with an 81-77 overtime win over Ouachita Baptist Saturday.

The Boll Weevils (20-8, 10-6 GAC) did have a 44-33 lead with 15:17 remaining, which was the only double-digit lead for either team. The game had 12 separate lead changes and nine ties.

UAM had a 28-23 lead at halftime as the first half had just 20 made baskets between the two teams.

The Weevils had a chance to win the game in regulation, but Kori Forge’s jumper missed the mark, and OBU looked like it would on to the home court advantage in the extra period with a four-point lead with 1:15 left in overtime.

But Richardo Hall hit a three-pointer and the Tigers followed with two missed jumpers and a foul on OBU’s Miachel Morris. L.A. Farmer went to the line on Morris’ foul and hit both free throws with 20 second left to give UAM the 78-77 lead.

Forge added three free throws to close out the win.

Farmer led UAM with 25 points and Forge added 20 points. Hall scored 14 points and Sergio Crowe chipped in 11 points.

UAM shot 45 percent on 28-of-61 shots, including 7-of-18 from beyond the arc. OBU (15-11, 8-8) shot 41 percent on 26-of-62 shots. The Tigers hit 5-of-14 from three-point range.

UAM made 18-of-25 free throws and the Tigers were 20-of-22 from the charity stripe.

The GAC Tournament will be held in Bartlesville, Okla., and the Weevils opponent is yet to be determined. UAM plays at noon on Thursday.

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Ouachita Baptist 92, UAM 67

ARKADELPHIA — The Cotton Blossoms closed out the regular season with a 92-67 loss to Ouachita Baptist on Saturday.

The Tigers (17-9, 10-6 GAC) led from the start and never trailed as they shot 47-percent from the floor, including 12 three-pointers. UAM (11-15, 7-9) shot 36-percent on the day and could never catch up to the Tigers.

The Blossoms trailed as much as 33 points in the second half before closing the gap to 25 points.

UAM’s Chelsea Johnson led all scorers with 20 points. Channon Haywood added 15 points and Alex Hart scored 13 ponts.

The Tigers had six players in double-figures, led by Nashia James with 15 points.

UAM’s opponent for the GAC Tournament in Bartlesville, Okla., is yet to be determined.