Bisons rally past Weevils


SEARCY — After limiting Harding to just 10 points in the first half, the Arkansas-Monticello men’s basketball team was outscored 44-27 in the second half to suffer a 57-50 loss to the Bisons on Saturday night inside Rhodes Field House.

UAM (9-6, 4-5 Great American Conference) held Harding (14-3, 7-2) to just five field goals in the first 20 minutes, but the Bisons responded with a 13-of-17 performance in the second half.

UAM led as much as 15 points in the first half, but lost its double-digit lead 5 minutes into the second half when the Bisons posted an 8-2 run to pull within six points at the 14:40 mark.

The Bisons forced the first tie of the game and took their first lead on a pair of free throws from Zach Roddenberry with 2:58 remaining. Weston Jameson followed those free throws with a jumper to give Harding a three-point lead with 1:58 remaining.

UAM senior Kori Forge and junior Dayton Mickens tied for the team lead in points with 11. Roddenberry led Harding with 22 points.

The Boll Weevils will host Southern Arkansas on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. inside Steelman Fieldhouse.

WOMEN

Harding 77, UAM 59

SEARCY — Harding used a strong second-half effort to defeat the UAM women’s basketball team 77-59 on Saturday inside the Rhodes Field House.

The Cotton Blossoms (2-12, 0-9 Great American Conference) never led, but held the Lady Bisons (11-4, 7-2 GAC) to no more than a seven-point lead until the final 4 minutes of the opening period.

Freshman Jordan Goforth led the Cotton Blossoms with 18 points on a 6-of-14 shooting performance, including a 5-of-8 outing on three-pointers. She also had a team-high nine rebounds.

Junior Ashley Qualls also reached double-digits with 10 points.

The Cotton Blossoms will host Southern Arkansas Thursday at Steelman Fieldhouse beginning at 5:30 p.m.