MONTICELLO — Arkansas-Monticello staved off a furious last-minute charge by Southwestern Oklahoma State on Thursday and won 86-82 in a Great American Conference men’s basketball game.
After leading by as many as 14 points in the second half, UAM (13-3, 3-1 GAC) scored the game’s last four points to come away with the victory. SWOSU (9-5, 1-4 GAC) took its first lead of the second half with 2:33 remaining, 78-77, but L.A. Farmer responded with a fast drive to the paint to reclaim the lead on the next play and extended the slim lead back to two with 1:24 remaining thanks to the front end of a pair of free throws.
Southwestern came right back and hit a three to go back up 81-80 with 1:09 to play, but that would be the Bulldogs’ last possession in the driver’s seat.
The Weevils led much of the night thanks to their hot-handed shooting, particularly from the free throw line. The Weevils added 27 points to the board with the clock stopped, hitting 77 percent of their opportunities (27-of-35). They hit 11 more free throws than Southwestern took all night.
That helped offset a good shooting night from the Bulldogs. Southwestern shot better from the floor (57 percent) and from three-point range (60 percent) than did the Weevils. SWOSU hit 31-of-54 from the floor and a blistering 9-of-15 from downtown. UAM was slightly cooler at 50 percent (26-of-52) and 41 percent 7-of-17.
Four Weevils scored in double-figures on the night, with Farmer posting a game-high 33 points in almost the entire game. Sergio Crowe put up 21 points in 39 minutes, while Ricardo Hall added 14 and Kori Forge had 13. Southwestern was led by Thomas Davis’ 20 points.
WOMEN: SWOSU 88-82
The Cotton Blossoms came all the way back from an 11-point second-half deficit and forced overtime, only to fall in the extra period 88-82 to Southwestern Oklahoma.
UAM (4-10, 0-4 GAC) trailed up until the 5-minute mark of the game. With 6:43 remaining in the game, the Bulldogs’ (9-5, 4-1 GAC) Darcie Dick hit a jumper to put SWOSU up 62-55.
The Blossoms answered with an 8-0 run over the next 1:35 to take their first lead of the game with 5:08 to play. From that point the two teams battled back-and-forth right down to the wire.
Channon Haywood sent the game into overtime at 73-73 on a drive to the basket with 6 seconds on the clock.
Chelsea Johnson led all scorers with 29 points in 41 minutes, added seven rebounds and four steals for UAM. Alex Hart had 15 points in 39 minutes.