Second-half surge seals road victory


ARKADELPHIA — After trailing by eight points at halftime, the University of Arkansas at Monticello men’s basketball team outscored Henderson State 36-20 in the second half to record a 60-52 road victory Saturday night.

UAM (11-6, 6-5 Great American Conference) held HSU (9-8, 4-7) to just five field goals in the second half, while the Boll Weevils were 11 of 23 in the second half for 48 percent. UAM also out rebounded HSU 45-31 for the game and 31-20 in the second half alone.

Despite committing a season high 24 turnovers, the Boll Weevils limited the Reddies to just 13 points off miscues. The Reddies led by at least five points for the last 13 minutes of the first half, extending that lead to double digits following a 7-3 scoring run with 2:25 remaining in the first half. That 10 point lead was HSU’s largest of the game.

As a team, UAM ended the game shooting 44 percent from the field (21 of 48), 30 percent on three-pointers (6 of 20) and 75 percent on foul shots (12 of 16). HSU shot 27 percent from the field (16 of 59), 15 percent on three-pointers (3 of 19) and 71 percent on foul shots (17 of 24.)

Brandon Sims had a career high 19 points for the Boll Weevils and senior Kori Forge totaled 19 points on a 7 of 12 shooting performance.

Junior Dayton Mickens reached double digits with 10 points. Senior A.J. Calhoun recorded a season high 16 rebounds and nine points.

The Boll Weevils are back in action on Thursday at home against Northwestern Oklahoma State. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. inside Steelman Fieldhouse.

WOMEN

Henderson State 70,

Cotton Blossoms 63

ARKADELPHIA — The University of Arkansas at Monticello women’s basketball team suffered a 70-63 loss to Henderson State on Saturday on the road.

After trailing by eight points with 14 minutes remaining in regulation, the Cotton Blossoms (3-13, 1-10 GAC) pulled to within two points of the Lady Reddies (10-7, 5-6 GAC) with 7:49 remaining. HSU immediately responded with a 15-4 scoring run to hold a 13-point lead with 2:32 remaining.

Sophomore Catherine Puckett led UAM in scoring with 14 points, while adding five rebounds and two blocked shots. Junior Ashley Qualls followed with 13 points, five rebounds and three steals.

HSU’s Destiny Smith led all scorers with 29 points and added a game-high 11 rebounds.

The Cotton Blossoms are back in action on Thursday at home against Northwestern Oklahoma State. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.