MONTICELLO — On the third possession, L.A. Farmer scored his 1,000th career point on Monday, and he didn’t slow down after that.
Farmer scored a game-high 25 points as Arkansas-Monticello beat Southern Arkansas 71-68 in overtime.
The Boll Weevils (18-8, 8-6 Great American Conference) and the Muleriders (12-14, 5-9) went back-and-forth all game with neither team able to get a larger than 10-point lead all game. The contest saw nice ties and eight lead changes, including two ties and three lead changes in the overtime period.
Nine of the first 10 buckets in the game were scored from beyond the arc, including Farmer’s 1,000th career point.
The Weevils. biggest lead of the night came with 12:13 remaining in the first half, 20-11, but the Muleriders tied the game at 22 with 7:40 to go in the half. SAU went into halftime with a 37-32 lead.
The Muleriders’ lead climbed as high as 10 at the start of the second half thanks to a 5-0 run, but the Weevils reclaimed it at 53-52 on a layup by Farmer with 8:14 left.
Neither team could hold onto the lead and the regulation ended in a tie at 62. Kori Forge took over in the overtime period as he scored eight of his 15 points in the five-minute extra period. Forge’s eight points accounted for all but two of UAM’s points in the extra frame. The other two points came on two free throws by Farmer.
Sergio Crowe added 14 points for UAM and SAU got 16 points from Chase Spruiell.
UAM shot 54 percent (26 of 48) from the field and SAU shot 42 percent. UAM was 12 of 20 from the free-throw line and SAU was 5 of 7.
UAM 66, SAU 56
MONTICELLO — The Cotton Blossoms punched their ticket to the inaugural GAC tournament with a 66-56 win over SAU at Steelman Field House.
Alex Hart hit a layup with 7:16 left in the first period to put UAM (10-14, 6-8) up 20-19. That came during a 17-0 run for UAM and helped the Cotton Blossoms to a 36-23 halftime lead.
SAU (2-22, 2-12) pulled within four, but another surge by the Blossoms had the lead back out to double-digits at the 9:33 mark.
Hart led UAM with 21 points and Candace Virgadamo had 12 points while Catherine Puckett and Channon Haywood each had 10 points. For SAU, Shenelda Levingston led all scorers with 23 points.